Time management tips for busy CEOs

The average startup owner works well past the traditional eight-hour mark with some clocking well up to 70 hours per week. While some of that is true work, you can bet that much of that is eaten up by tasks that don't need to take as long as they do such as perusing email and attending numerous meetings. When it comes to wasted time, startup CEOs are just as guilty, if not more, than the established business CEO. What can you do about it? How can you manage your time better and streamline your w...
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How to lead a team more skilled than you

As a founder, CEO, manager, or team leader you don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Hiring the best talent is crucial for the success of any business and you may find yourself leading a team of experts who are smarter than you. Rather than feeling feel intimidated by their knowledge and skills, you need to learn from them and give them the tools they need to succeed. With that in mind, this article shares some top tips on how to "manage talent efficiently, to optimize your team's st...
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3 common hiring mistakes new managers should avoid

Being able to make good hiring decisions is crucial for running a successful business. A good hire delivers a return on investment. A bad hire is a waste of time and money, damages morale, and could set the business back years. The recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding of a new employee is "one of the hardest skills for a new manager to learn, in part because — unless you're working at a very fast-growing company — you typically don't get a lot of practice with it," says e...
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The 5 most important lessons I learned as first-time manager

Being promoted to a management role is a major achievement—and making the transition from accomplished employee to inexperienced new manager is also a major challenge. To become an effective manager you'll need change your focus, set new expectations and learn an entirely new skillset. And if you've been promoted from within, you'll need to re-define your relationships with former colleagues and draw new boundaries. To help you avoid some common rookie mistakes, The Feminist Financier share...
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Master the art of delegation in 3 steps

Successful leaders know how to motivate their team through trust and personal development. And knowing how to delegate effectively not only maximises your own and your team's productivity, it helps individual employees develop their confidence and competence. Although being able to delegate is an essential leadership skill, the shift in focus from 'doing' to 'delegating' can be one of "the most difficult transitions for new leaders," says John Addison. To help you "inspire others to accomplish m...
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Stress is making you micromanage, which is making everything worse

There's a fine line between being a hands-on manager and being a micromanager. Although you may occasionally need to pay close attention to details and make sure work is getting done, most of the time intense scrutiny is unwarranted and can harm your team's performance. Constantly monitoring your team's progress in minute detail is disempowering and demoralizing and ultimately damages the team's performance and productivity. A healthy level of interaction and support can soon turn into an unheal...
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4 tips for managers working with a new team

Meeting your new team for the first time can be daunting. As a manager, your initial interactions can have a major impact on the team's performance and setting the right tone from the outset is crucial to your success. During the first few weeks you'll want to make sure your actions serve to build trust with team members and gain their confidence in you as their leader. To help you prepare for your new role, Vip Sandhir, CEO and founder of HighGround, shares his top tips for building good workin...
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Google just revealed its 5 HR secrets on identifying and developing great managers

Achieving results in today's highly dynamic business environment requires talented and inspiring managers who keep employees engaged and motivated to achieve strategic goals. When it comes to identifying and developing employees for greater roles and responsibilities, you have to be able to distinguish between performance and potential. Not all high performers have the potential, or the desire, to succeed in a more complex and demanding role. And once you've identified your new managers, how you...
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21 things bosses say that are total nonsense

Although it's possible to be a manager and a leader at the same time, not all managers make good leaders. Employees follow a manager's directions because they have to whereas they follow a leader because of his or her ability to build trust, inspire, influence, and motivate others to achieve goals. Effective leaders lead by example, creating a culture of ownership and empowerment. Above all a good leader has strong communication skills. A boss who says the things Jeff Haden discusses here has ye...
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