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5 misconceptions about networking

The biggest obstacle to building and using networks more effectively isn't lack of skill, says organisational behaviour professor Herminia Ibarra, it's your mindset. Networking provides valuable opportunities for connecting with a wide range of people to exchange information, ideas and support, making it one of the most important resources for business, career, professional and personal growth. And it's your attitude towards—and beliefs about—networking that determine how muc...
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GhanaThink presents free networking event—Barcamp Koforidua—on 26th May

Barcamp Koforidua is bringing together "changemakers, doers, and entrepreneurs" in a user-generated conference "for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring" to help start new ventures and support ongoing enterprises. The event is part of the GhanaThink Foundation's Barcamp Ghana program, which is helping to build "a network of young, positive-minded, innovative and entrepreneurial Ghanaians." The theme for Barcamp Koforidua is Building Successful, Responsible Brands that Create Impa...
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How might employee addiction be impacting your business?

Any one of your employees could be affected by drug or alcohol addiction. Whether they're caring for someone or dealing with their own substance abuse, those affected often suffer in silence because of the stigma surrounding addiction. Despite being an expensive problem in terms of lost productivity, only one in five HR professionals says their company proactively deals with employee addiction issues, writes Jerry Haffey Jr. Here, he explores the business risks associated with addiction and shar...
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3 of the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make

Statistics on the survival rate of new businesses vary wildly—from around 30 per cent to as many as 80 per cent failing within the first 2 years—depending on whether the study refers to all small businesses, startups, or venture capital-backed startups only. Nevertheless, while it's difficult to pin down accurate statistics, there's clearly a lot at stake when it comes to starting your own business. Entrepreneurs are known for being risk-tolerant and optimistic yet, armed with the knowledge that...
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6 ways successful entrepreneurs avoid doing it alone

Women are increasingly embracing entrepreneurship and yet gender bias often still prevails, thus creating additional obstacles for female entrepreneurs compared with their male counterparts. The struggle to be taken seriously in a male-dominated industry can make it harder for women to overcome the moments of self-doubt that every business owner faces. To help you make it as an entrepreneur, and especially as a female entrepreneur, CEO and founder Eloise Bune shares here six ways to get all the ...
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