What we’ve got here is failure to communicate: how to avoid business email errors

Communicating via email is essential to most businesses, when phone calls or face-to-face conversations are either not possible or not practical. It’s important to ensure that all of our communications are respectful, professional and effective, so here are a few suggestions to help you avoid the most common pitfalls associated with emails. [ Read the full article on allbusiness.com ]

Startups: here's how you craft your own definition of success

Before you can achieve success, you need to define what success means to you: Where does your success come from and how do you measure success? In this article Dotcom Distribution CEO and Founder, Maria Haggerty, shares her tips for benchmarking the success of your business. [ Read the full article on entrepreneur.com ]

How to start a brand-new chapter at any age

Whether you experience a serious setback in your business or personal life, or realise the path you are currently on doesn’t feel right for you anymore, it may be time to take stock of the situation and consider changing direction to create a more fulfilling life for yourself. [ Read the full article on inc.com ]

John Addison: Why You Should Make Friends With Everyone on Your Team

An important aspect of effective leadership is building a team in which the members have a shared vision and a sense of belonging. Although creating personal connections with each member of the team can make some of the tough decisions more uncomfortable, fostering high-quality connections with - and within - the team can boost engagement and performance. [ Read the full article on success.com ]

Warren Buffett and 26 other successful leaders share their best piece of advice for new graduates

From mapping out a timeline for yourself to embracing uncertainty and from keeping it real to dealing with unhelpful criticism, these top tips are illustrated with personal anecdotes from some of the most influential entrepreneurs and leaders to inspire you on your own journey. [ Read the full story on inc.com ]

5 Ways to Create a Motivating Work Environment

  A well-motivated and engaged employee is more creative, more productive and performs their day-to-day responsibilities more enthusiastically. While some motivating factors may be useful in the short term, cultivating a motivating atmosphere in the workplace is more effective for maintaining employee motivation in the long term. [ Read the full article on andrewjensen.net ]

Does your bio tell a story from the heart?

Your brand’s story is an important aspect of creating a connection with customers and a good place to start telling that story is through your own bio. If the About page of your website needs a revamp, you might want to consider telling a story with your bio then updating your social media profiles so that others can share your story too. [ Read the full article on entrepreneur.com ]

3 Qualities to embrace to improve results

Cultivating these three qualities – flexibility, insightfulness, and patience - can enhance your reputation and help to build good customer relations. More importantly, they can have a significant impact on growth by improving your sales. This article offers detailed explanations with some examples for putting these qualities into practice.  [ Read the full article on personalbrandingblog.com ]

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2B cash

Microsoft just announced their intention to buy social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion cash in a deal expected to close by the end of December. According to the statement, LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence, and Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of the company. Both Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board and co-founder, and Jeff Winer fully support this transaction. [ Read the full article on mobile world live ]        

Why this TV star says following your passion is the worst thing you can do

If you are stuck in a nine to five job that leaves you feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled you’ve probably been advised more than once to quit the job and forge a career, or start a business, doing what you love. There may be good reason however to ignore this advice and to keep doing what you love as a hobby instead. [ Read the full article on inc.com ]

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