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6 signs you are a micromanager

As a manager or CEO it can be extremely difficult to self-diagnose whether you are a micro-manager or not. Especially if you run a fast-growing company, you might expect that your job entails staying on top of every detail, meeting, and conversation inside the business — let alone insuring that all …

CEOs

10 Principles for Leading Through Change: A Navy SEAL's Approach

Dealing with change can suck on any battlefield. Here are 10 principles for success.<p>It wasn't long after I left the SEAL Teams, attended graduate school, and started my first company that I realized <i>change</i> is a consistent reality in today's more volatile and disruptive business landscape. It affects …

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

3 Ways Leaders Influence Company Culture (And Don't Even Know It)

Strong company culture starts with strong leaders. But some leaders may be sending the right--or wrong--signals without even knowing it.<p>When Alan Mulally became the CEO of Ford in 2006, the motor company's market share was plummeting. The problem was internal: Teams weren't communicating or working …

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It all starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who …

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs -- But 90% Of Managers Lack

Dear Liz,<p>I’m the Training Manager in a great firm. I have developed and delivered customer service training, communication skills training and several other courses, but now I have a new and bigger challenge. My CEO asked me to develop an in-house leadership development program. I’m very excited …

Leadership

Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success

Startup ideas are everywhere. You just need to find the right one.<p><i>Editor's Note: The following is adapted from</i> Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire<i>, published this month by Inc. Media and Amacom, a division of the American Management Association.</i><p>Sure, …

7 Powerful Things You Should Always Be Able to Say About Yourself

What you say about yourself has much to do with how you will succeed.<p>There are elements within ourselves that can either sabotage our success or lead us to greatness. In my bestselling book, <b>The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness,</b> I speak about seven characteristics that can …

Leadership

Top CEOs Agree: Hiring People on Intelligence and Talent Alone Without This Other Trait May Be a Huge Mistake

CEOs prefer this revered quality over talent or IQ when interviewing job candidates. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked.<p>If you were interviewing for an important job, and the CEO of the company asked you this question point blank (which has <i>one right answer</i> for getting you that job offer) what …

Starbucks Founder Says This Is the Most Undervalued Characteristic of Leadership (Most Struggle With It)

There are a lot of lessons to learn from Howard Schultz, but none more important than this.<p>There are many entrepreneurial and leadership success stories in the world--but there may be none better than Starbucks and Howard Schultz.<p>The company's original founders created a coffee company in the …

Facebook's HR Team Discovered the Surprising Reason Why People Quit Their Jobs (and It's Not Because of Bad Bosses)

People leave managers, not companies. Right? Not so fast. Facebook research shows a different reason.<p>Raise your hand if you've heard the saying, "People leave managers, not companies." That should be the majority of us, as the research over the years keeps telling us this is a big reason for …

Warren Buffett Says If You Hire People on Intelligence but They Lack This Other Trait, Don't Bother

Hiring people on this trait will make leaders sleep well at night.<p>Warren Buffett gave some great advice a few years ago on key attributes to look for when considering job candidate<i>s.</i> He narrowed it down to three, but one is purely non-negotiable. Buffet said<i>:</i><p>You're looking for three things, …

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks)

The good news is, every company -- and every leader -- can instantly adopt this one practice.<p>Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are …

How the Best Leaders Resolve Workplace Conflicts

Resolving conflict in the office is a crucial leadership role in any company<p>Disagreements among people in a workplace are common. When they're on your team, those disagreements have the potential to escalate into conflict between coworkers, creating a distracting, unproductive, and negative working …

13 Things Mentally Strong Leaders Don't Do

To make their good habits effective, they give up the bad habits that could rob them of mental strength.<p>My fifteen years as a psychotherapist taught me about mental strength and the resilience of the human spirit. I saw countless people bounce back from overwhelming adversity and beat the odds.<p>One …

13 Remarkably Inspiring Quotes on Greatness in the Workplace

Words to live, work and lead by from those who have lived a life of greatness, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, J.K. Rowling, Zane Grey, and others.<p>Regardless of how many Nike ads you may have absorbed thus far in your life, "Greatness" does not have to be reserved for the athletic …

The 20/80 Rule, Integrity, and the Opposite of the 80/20 Rule

In a leader's relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule.<p>Leadership means people watch you--not to what you <i>want</i> to say or do, or <i>mean</i> to, but what you <i>actually</i> say and do.<p>Attention to detail counts.<p>Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to …

A Google Study Revealed That the Best Managers Use Emotional Intelligence And Share This 1 Trait

Cutting your employees some slack could be just the thing they need to increase their effectiveness.<p>Google's research on what constitutes a great leader revealed that employees appreciate managers who care for them both professionally and personally.<p>Whereas taking care of your people professionally …

7 Simple Habits for Becoming a More Helpful Person

By helping others, you'll be helping yourself.<p>I've seen plenty of entrepreneurs and established business leaders who believe they have to do everything on their own. Yet accepting help from others is not admitting weakness. And the same can be said in reverse.<p>In business, people often forget how …

4 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid When Running a Small Business

Avoid these four mistakes when leading your small business.<p>We are creatures of habit. Once we have a way of doing something, we tend to stick with it because we know it works and we like that predictability. For example, I have been taking my sons to school via the same route for three years. I …

A Sign of Great Leadership? It's Not About Correcting Mistakes, It's About This One Trait

Letting other people fail? Sure, and you can start by accepting that you are prone to fail as well.<p>Are you known as a <i>fixer</i> at your company? If so, here's a tough lesson to learn. That's only half the battle when it comes to leading others. Fixing problems and addressing your own mistakes puts you …

How to Fit in Your Organizational Culture?

When you join an office, you meet many kinds of people, who develop and direct the office culture<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>When you join an office, you meet many kinds of people. …

Fashion (India)

In Search of the Humble Leader

Humility isn’t proclaimed; it is recognized. But, all too often, humility feels like an endangered trait. It is virtually a mantra, a ubiquitous call …

New Power Players of Marketing Aren't Always Even Marketers | CMO Strategy - AdAge

MARC PRITCHARD<p>Chief Brand Officer, P&G<p>ANGELA AHRENDTS<p>Senior VP of Retail, Apple<p>ALEX BEHRING<p>Co-founder, 3G Capital<p>MORGAN FLATLEY<p>Chief Marketing …

Ace Your First Impression: Then Follow These 7 Steps to Keep Impressing

OK, you got them to like you, at first. This successful CEO shares how to keep the party going.<p>Most people focus on making a good first impression, but neglect to plan how they will continue the relationship in the future. Of course, making a good first impression is important. But sometimes what …

Expedia and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton on building great teams: Have a purpose, no scumbags

Rich Barton knows a thing or two about building a company. He spun travel giant Expedia out of Microsoft and went on to co-found real estate …

Why You Should You Sign a 'Pre-Nup' With Your Co-founder

Great, you've found an awesome co-founder. You still need to spell out your expectations from the get-go.<p>What are the most common reasons startups fail? Sure, many build something no one wants to buy or simply run out of money, but there's also another huge potential stumbling block new businesses …

Startups

Are You Really a Leader? This Simple Test Lets You Know

How to know if you really are the leader you think you are.<p>We have all worked for really bad bosses at least once in our life. My worst boss ever was both clueless, and mean. Not only did she think she was some sort of incredible leader, but in reality, no one trusted her nor liked working for her. …