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13 Leadership Tips That Lead to Fast Growth

Leadership development is critical for growing companies. Leaders point the team in the right direction and inspire followers to be productive and engaged with the mission.<p>Professor Christopher McCusker of the Freeman School of Business MBA program (Tulane University) is leading a dynamic class to …

Leadership

THNK: A Leadership Approach To Disrupt Thinking, Then Business

Picture your first day at school. Now imagine a school that dumps you at the edge of the North Sea. No shore in sight. Met by a grizzled wet-suit-clad old man of the ocean. This is day one for the THNK School of Creative Leadership. It’s this combination of using the unexpected, fostering deep …

What Really Sets Leaders Apart

A five-year-old's astute observation gets right to the point of what separates true leaders from mere managers.<p>Coach and consultant Bill Treasurer has been teaching leadership development and studying leadership models for 20 years. But he says he learned a valuable lesson when his five-year-old …

Leadership

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Our failing schools. Enough is enough! | Geoffrey Canada

How to escape education's death valley | Sir Ken Robinson

What if working harder doesn't work?

“It’s part common sense, part human nature to press on towards a break through. If we are not producing at work, we just work harder, longer hours. …

Striking the Perfect Balance Between Creative Freedom and Realistic Limits

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to develop a truly innovative product the market has never seen, how do you empower your team to come up with original ideas? Your leadership, and the limits you set for your team, determine how creative they can …

Creativity

Innovation Isn’t an Idea Problem

When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: “we need more ideas.” They’ll start talking about the need to “think outside the box” or “blue sky” thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or …

4 Keys to Coaching Underperforming Employees

Dealing with an employee who's struggling to keep up? These 4 simple steps will help you make your team stronger.<p>Winning leaders are those who coach good employees to become better people. These leaders equip their teams for success at work and at home.<p>Occasionally, though, leaders can get so …

Employment

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

How to Reward Your Stellar Team

You’ve been told that getting the most from your team depends on rewarding and recognizing them collectively. But it’s tough to do that, especially when most management systems are so focused on individual performance, undermining the very teamwork you’re hoping to encourage. Luckily, you don’t …

If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader

The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?<p>Think about a leader and chances are your first image is of someone giving orders -- maybe it’s the quarterback in a huddle outlining the next play for his teammates, maybe it’s an …

Employment

Leading Change (part one)

Every time I teach or work with church leaders the topic of managing change comes up. With that, I decided to go back and take a look at a classic …

5 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox

4 min read<p>As charges continue to swirl around hedge fund SAC Capital, Steve Cohen has put forward a novel defense: He couldn't possibly have acted on a trading tip emailed to him because he is so swamped with emails, he ignores most of them. In fact, Cohen alleges he reads just 11 percent of the …

Productivity

What is ROI, or Return on Investment? - Small Business Trends

We bandy acronyms about so much that sometimes we assume everyone knows what they mean. Take the acronym ROI. While experienced business people may …

Tips for Competing With Big Players in a Busy Space

Chances are, if you and your company are doing something right, you’ve attracted the attention of a giant. That could mean you’ve spent years …

The Gen Y Handbook: Talking Business With Millennials - Small Business Trends

In the latest Star Trek movies, the brashness of the character Captain James Kirk is called into question as part of the character’s arc. Kirk jumps …

4 Things Your Brand Can Learn From The Best Business Blogs

A blog is a great—and free!—way to publicize your company and directly engage with your community. But if you have a business that isn’t exactly, well, sexy, you may wonder if a blog showcasing what you do can still be beneficial.<p>The answer is a resounding <i>yes</i>. In fact, a blog can arguably be more …

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

By Charles Day9 minute Read<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are …

Management

Review of Hootsuite: Manage Social Media From A Single Dashboard

Last year we published a list of 20 Social Media Monitoring Tools. One of the more popular tools on that list is Hootsuite. Today we give you a deep …

How to Use Cloud Apps to Streamline Your Marketing Campaign

Running a successful marketing campaign is contingent upon several factors. This includes realistic goal setting, organization, communication, …

Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

In both C suites and boardrooms, discussions about business performance usually center on topics like market momentum, M&A opportunities, capital management, and productivity enhancements. While these factors are important, in my experience they are best leveraged when employees are engaged, …

What Leads to Hiring Mistakes? Often, It's Interviewing Mistakes.

Stop asking candidates to tell their "story." A better tool for assessing candidates' skills and competencies is a behavioral interview. Here's an example.<p>Managers are bad at assessing job candidates in almost countless ways. But according to Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a global expert on hiring and …

Employment

The Three Paradoxes Of Generation Y

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a considerable amount of attention focused on Generation Y from both the media and business world. The May 20 issue of Time Magazine led with a cover story labelling them the ‘Me, Me, Me’ generation: narcissistic, fame-obsessed, and self interested; Meanwhile …

Five Ways To Build An Effective Team

It is not easy to be the CEO of an up-and-coming startup, especially when you are frequently out of your office talking to investors and the actual time you spend in contact with your team is limited. It gets even more complicated when you manage multiple teams working in different cities.<p>Is it …

Getting ready to help another business answer these critical questions. Do you know the answers for your business?

What You Can Learn About Job Satisfaction From a Janitor

A fascinating new study took an in-depth look at how custodial staff understand their work and uncovered wisdom for those on every rung of the career ladder.<p>What’s the <i>worst</i> job in the world?<p>Answers certainly differ based on personal preference (my vote goes to anything involving heights). But …

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