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This Is the 1 Email You Must Send Every Week

How a single email can help cure your inbox bloat.<p>There are few bigger time wasters at work than email. However, before you read any more of this article, it must be said, in the spirit of full disclosure, that surfing the internet is one of the few activities observed to hurt productivity more …

deliverables

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding.<p>The best sorts …

Small Business

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective

Some days it’s really draining to be a senior executive. You sit in meetings for hours on end, and every decision you need to make is difficult — all of the easy decisions have already been made at levels below you. On those days, you know you could be a much more effective leader if you could …

Mindfulness

Use the RASCI Matrix to Manage Responsibility On a Project

Running a project is complicated. If you have a large group of people with poorly defined roles, work can quickly grind to a standstill. Instead, …

Project Management

How Mindfulness Improves Executive Coaching

The benefits of mindfulness meditation for business leaders are increasingly appreciated and confirmed by empirical research. Executives and high performing professionals increasingly use meditation to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance cognitive performance, promote emotional …

Mindfulness

COVERING LETTERS – how to make impact

Covering letters need to be carefully customised and constructed in the exact context of the specific application / opportunity.<p>The trick is to …

BEING A TRUSTED ADVISOR

<b>BEING A TRUSTED ADVISOR</b><p><b>The Trusted Advisor book covers trust-based relationships in a very systematic way, presents a trust process-model and</b> …

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

By developing our Emotional Intelligence in these areas and the five EQ domains we can become more productive and successful at what we do, and help …

What Trade Deals Are Good For

FROM THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY<p>In recent months, trade agreements have moved from the arcane pages of academic journals to the front pages of newspapers, from university lecture halls to the presidential campaign trail. What are these agreements about? Why do governments sign them? Why do some …

Economics

What Africa’s Banking Industry Needs to Do to Survive

Across Africa, banking is being redesigned. Technology has emerged as a competitive weapon in driving operational excellence and superior service quality. While the banks compete among themselves, they face existential threats from amalgam of entities, not necessarily possessing bank licenses.<p>For …

Banking

The Best Managers Are Boring Managers

What would the perfect robot manager be like? Looks aside, it would arguably be objective, transparent, unselfish, and apolitical. Because of this, it would assign the right task to every person and reward unselfish team behaviors, creating a culture of trust and keeping morale high. It would …

Leadership

Don’t Take Work Stress Home with You

After a long day at the office, many of us find ourselves taking out our stress on friends, children, or significant others. And if we’re not careful, we allow our work stress to become home stress, often at the expense of our families and relationships or our health.<p>In the UK the Health and Safety …

Work Stress