Natalie Davies

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The Risk Of No Planning (Part II): Establishing Leadership Infrastructure At The Right Speed

Last week I discussed a pair of entrepreneurs who grew their startup firm to $100 million in revenues in just 13 years with no planning or any formal management processes—what I refer to as “leadership infrastructure.” Leadership infrastructure comprises the processes, systems and leaders which …

How to Hire Great Employees

Investors say they invest in people as much as they invest in ideas, and when it comes to your company, it is not just top management that can make or break your business. Unpleasant or dissatisfied employees, poorly trained workers, rapid turnover, or a toxic work environment can all predestine …

5 Reminders Every Leader Needs

There’s an obvious list of things to keep in mind as a leader: treat people well, hold your values, and help others. However, when you get overwhelmingly busy, something always falls through the cracks. You need a reminder now and then. I attended Big Omaha this year, and it was quite an experience …

9 Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Very few people know their own leadership style -- or strengths and weaknesses, for that matter. But that's a mistake.<p>From leading a company to hiring workers, you necessarily must know what you're good at and what, if anything, you need …

Leadership

Everything Counts: The 6 Ways To Inspire And Motivate Top Performance

Despite all research about the nature of leaders, practitioners and scholars still acknowl­edge that many aspects of leadership remain a mystery. Today I would like to address one of the key mysteries that seems to consistently defy traditional analysis.<p>Often, leaders are identified as possessing a …

The Entrepreneurs Handbook: 52 Essential Resources for Startups

The thought of launching a Startup is incredibly intimidating with most failing to survive their first few years, it can often result in an …

Leaders Say They Love Experiments. So Why Don't They Actually Do Them?

"Managers rely on focus groups--a dozen people riffing on something they know little about--to set strategies. And yet companies won't experiment to find evidence of the right way forward."<p>Duke University-based behavioral economist Dan Ariely tells a story about what he calls a "typical case" of …

'Culture of Purpose' Is Key To Success According To New Research From Deloitte

There is a link between organizations that instill a sense of purpose and their long-term success, says a new survey just released by Deloitte. Yet, businesses are still not doing enough to create this sense of purpose and make a positive impact on all stakeholders. In fact, according to the …

Jack Dorsey On Entrepreneurship: It's About Building Ideas, Not Companies

In a interview with Bloomberg television, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey admits that he never wanted to start a company or be an engineer or a programmer. Rather, he had “an idea and decided to pursue it.” The result is, as we all know, the development of two popular services that have …

Do Yourself a Favor: Hire Nice People

This entrepreneur says team dynamics can make or break your company. That's why he hires the nice guy every time.<p><i>Luis von Ahn, the co-founder of Captcha, never cared much about culture. But that was then. He tells Inc.'s Jeremy Quittner that in his new venture--Pittsburgh-based language teacher</i> …

Why Your Team Matters More Than You

Contrary to popular belief, the success of a business isn’t ensured by an amazing CEO or even the work of a few all-star employees — it’s all about the team. Even without your key players, your business should function without change.<p>In light of the recent news regarding the health of Google CEO …

Are You Ready To Call It Quits?

<i>By Erika Morphy</i><p>You religiously watch the clock. You’re annoyed by every single one of your co-workers. Your job has lost its thrill.<p>It’s obvious that it’s time for a change, but how exactly should you go about leaving a job—especially when the unemployment rate is hovering at 7.5%?<p>Guess what? …

5 Ways to Keep Your Eye On the Goal

The most successful entrepreneurs do more than set goals. They keep those goals front and center--all the time.<p>I'm goal oriented. Professionally I am happiest when I have a number to hit, a timeline to make, or a task to complete. Personally, I am at my best when I have a big trip or event in the …

Senior Leadership Team: 7 Roles that Can't be Delegated

A couple of days ago, I introduced this series on senior leadership teams. Today I want to take a look at the roles of this team. Again, I’m assuming …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

The Importance of Building An Emergency Fund For Your Business

You more than likely have an emergency fund for your household, but do you have one for your small business? While you may have more business assets …

Personal Finance

Inside the Brain of a Leader

Can neurological rewiring boost leadership skills?<p>Do great leaders have distinctive brains? Yes, says David A. Waldman, a management professor at Arizona State University. Since 2005, Waldman and his colleagues have been studying the neurological patterns of successful entrepreneurs and senior …

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Stuck? 3 Ways to Move Yourself Forward

Every business owner gets stuck occasionally on an idea or problem. Three proven ways to get "unstuck."<p>Do you find yourself turning an idea or a business problem over and over in your head, and no matter the number of Google searches you perform or the number of walks you take, you just can't …

How To Quit Your Job The Right Way

<i>By Annette Richmond</i><p>Wish you could walk in and tell your boss to “take your job and shove it?” You’re not alone. As the economy begins to recover a lot of unhappy workers are feeling more confident about saying goodbye to their current employers.<p>Over the last few years confidence in the U.S. job …

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In 42% of Companies, The Best Workers Are The Least Engaged

More than a third of companies are so dysfunctional, the best people don’t really care about what they’re doing and the worst people don’t know that they are doing a lousy job. Those are the findings of a new study by Leadership IQ, a twelve-year-old Washington, D.C. company that does employee …

How to Fix the Start Up Hiring Dilemma

Hiring employees, especially for a startup, is the most difficult task a founder faces. It is filled with risk, reward, and the costs of high turnover that comes with failure. Most founders do not have the capital to make a mistake. This is why they spend countless hours sitting across the table …