Why transparency comes first in successful company cultures

Transparency is key to building a company culture based on trust, and trust is crucial for the success of your business. The disclosure of accurate and timely information and clear and honest communications—with no hidden agendas—leads to more effective collaboration, greater cooperation and better collective decision making. In this article, author Chris Dyer explores the purpose of transparency in business, what transparency may look like for your company, and how leaders can embody that trans...
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In an era of fake news, how do customers know you’re a trustworthy company?

Despite renewed faith in the credibility of business leaders, overall trust in UK businesses has fallen. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2018, consumer trust in UK businesses has fallen to 43 per cent and only 24 per cent of the UK population trusts social media. With increasing public demand for tougher regulation to curb fake news and false advertising, and concerns about dishonesty and a lack of transparency in business dealings, brands need to work harder than ever to regain consume...
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These are the reasons why your whole team is burning out

Employee burnout is reaching crisis level in the U.S. according to a 2017 study and it's becoming a major contributor to staff turnover.  Employee burnout impacts individual and team performance. It reduces productivity, undermines employee engagement, increases absenteeism—and ultimately it can lead to your top talent leaving the company altogether.  Much of the conversation around burnout focuses on what individuals can do to avoid or reco...
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Why these 6 Twitter powerhouses want diversity of company ownership made public

A group of female investors is on a mission to increase diversity in Silicon Valley by persuading leaders to make public who owns what in their startups. The #Angels investment collective—comprising six current and former Twitter senior managers—want startups to disclose the diversity of their capitalization (cap) tables, which show the founders' and investors' percentage of ownership. Here, Catherine Clifford shares how this call for greater transparency aims to increase diversity and start cha...
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Blockchain is strengthening links in the supply chain

Although initially developed to underpin digital currencies, blockchain—or distributed ledger technology in general—lends itself to a wide variety of use cases and we're already beginning to see applications, or potential applications, across a range of sectors and activities. As a transparent and tamper-proof method of tracking and authenticating goods in the supply chain, distributed ledger technology can provide full traceability to improve logistics, increase food safety, eliminate counterfe...
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StatusToday scores nearly $4M to grow its AI-powered ’employee insights’ service

With $3.91 million in seed investment, London-based startup StatusToday is looking to expand its multinational team and further improve its AI-powered employee insights platform. StatusToday aims to help companies understand their employees better, improve efficiency and reduce risk by using behavioral artificial intelligence to analyse employee data in real time. These AI-driven insights also add transparency for employees, says co-founder and CEO Ankur Modi. "In time we should be able to ...
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9 content marketing trends to look forward to in 2018

  With so much content available, it's more important than ever to find new ways to engage customers and to build relationships based on transparency and authenticity. The popularity of videos, social media, podcasts and webinars already offers a wide range of options, while virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa are starting to gain traction. "Being able to anticipate trends, as well as the change in audience behavior … can help you adjust ...
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How I built a more emotionally intelligent work culture than me

It's becoming increasingly evident that technical skills and cognitive intelligence alone aren't enough to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. With the shift towards more effective teamwork, employee engagement, creativity and innovation, companies are increasingly embracing emotional intelligence as the key to success. Despite his own shortcomings, founder and CEO Peter Holgate is committed to creating an emotionally intelligent workplace culture. "I've tried...
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A former Navy SEAL shares the critical mindset you need to be successful

The U.S. Navy SEALs are famed for their tough military training and rigorous leadership programs, and their leadership principles are as effective in business as they are in combat. Great leadership creates a culture of openness, transparency, and collective responsibility that encourages the free flow of ideas, opinions, and questions, and constructive criticism. As a leader, it's crucial to apply these principles to create the psychological safety that allows team members to voice their concer...
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