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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 …

Team Building

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 …

Jerry Seinfeld

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. …

Leadership

Striking the Perfect Balance Between Creative Freedom and Realistic Limits

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 …

Employee Engagement

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 …

Leadership

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

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 1,000 emails …

Productivity

What is ROI, or Return on Investment?

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

AdWords

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

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 …

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

Reed Hastings

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, …

Employment

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 …

Employment