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5 Ways That a Leader Might Be Hurting the Teams Motivation

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 23, 2014

  Motivation is a tricky thing. It’s hard to start and get motivated, and it’s hard to sustain that motivation. To really keep motivated, you need a long-term plan. But even a good long-term plan can be sabotaged if you act the wrong way. When leading a team, motivation is key. You already know they can do the job and do it well, otherwise you wouldn’t have assigned…

More Than Just a Title: Becoming a CEO

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 22, 2014

When I started my company, I became CEO by default. I had no idea what a CEO really did, but I was the one in charge, so the title fell to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t performing my duties well. Since then, I’ve learned that being the CEO doesn’t just mean signing checks and giving the final stamp of approval on projects. Your day-to-day tasks will vary…

Get Taken Seriously By Your Employees

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 14, 2014

  If you want to be effective as a manager, you need your staff to take you seriously. This can be a challenge for new CEOs, starting entrepreneurs, and business owners who are not used to being in a leadership role. No matter how long you’ve been in management, you need the respect of your employees. When you want them to take you seriously, the following tips can…

Team Building Tips for Founders

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / April 9, 2014

  Founding a successful startup is a task that can easily overwhelm—unless the entrepreneur has built an excellent support team. Responsible Leadership Means Building a Solid Team If you think you can go-it-alone, you are sadly mistaken. The founder has more irons in the fire than cowboys at a round-up. Unless you have the support of a competent and trustworthy team, the trajectory of your enterprise will quickly…

11 Keys to Achieve Leadership Effectiveness

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 3, 2014

There are 11 secrets to your leadership success.  They are more than secrets and, in fact, the 11 keys to your leadership success.  These keys are 11 E’s that are the surefire ingredients for effective leadership.  They help you unlock your hidden leadership potential and make you an effective leader.   They are Example, Energy, Enthusiasm, Endurance, Emotional Intelligence, Eloquence, Empowerment, Effectiveness, Execution, Excellence and Ethics. Example Leadership success…

Dedication and Rewards: Why You Should Work for a Meritocracy

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / March 12, 2014

What’s the main thing you’re looking for in your first job? A good salary? A big, established company to beef up your résumé? A relaxed work environment? Or are you willing to put in the hard work to get ahead as quickly as possible? If the latter fits you, then you should be looking for a company that is a meritocracy. The term “meritocracy” gets thrown around a…

3 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Employees’ Hobbies

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / March 3, 2014

How well do you really know your employees? Beyond the basics of their spouses’ names, the ages of their children, and what they prefer to eat for lunch, most leaders don’t know much about how their employees spend their free time. Perhaps you have a karaoke star or a water polo champ among your ranks, but if you never take an interest in your employees’ hobbies, you’ll never…

4 Companies Who Foster Innovation

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / January 30, 2014

Do You Know How To Make Your Teams Innovate? Most organizations realize that in today’s competitive world simply plodding on and delivering more of the same will only get you so far. If you keep on producing the same products and services, year on year, with minimal development, sooner rather than later, a new disruptive player will enter the market and eat your lunch. There’s no doubt, that…

What’s Your Style? The Science, Art, and Zen Approaches to Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / January 24, 2014

The Professor. The Poet. The Prophet. Which management style will inspire your employees and fulfill your long-term goals as your venture grows? While it might be an oversimplification to consider only three management styles, many leaders gravitate toward these stereotypes, and their organizational models follow suit. Each approach has benefits that can develop an effective, long-lasting company. Your choice of approach will shape your company’s structure and success.…

12 Tips for Managing Older or More Experienced Employees

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / January 6, 2014

Q. What’s one piece of advice you have for managing people who are older and/or more experienced than you? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Value the Gifts…

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