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The 8 Core Principles of Exceptional Leaders

Posted by Fia Gosling

31-Jul-2014 17:24:00

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Incredible leaders have a different understanding of their role than average leaders. They get these things right from the offset. What common principles do you share with them?

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Topics: Business, Leading, not managing

Simple Steps That Will Stop Meetings from Taking Over Your Working Day

Posted by Fia Gosling

29-Jul-2014 14:51:00

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Ask any business owner or CEO and they will probably tell you their working life is extremely busy. But ask them if a typical working day means getting everything on their to-do list done, and the answer may be slightly different. Even when we feel our day has been non-stop, we can still find ourselves at the end of it having done less than we hoped.

So why is this? According to Atlassian, 31 hours a month are spent in unproductive meetings, with 47% of people thinking that meetings are the biggest time waster at work. When it comes to those stuck in the most meetings, the C-Suite is easily at the top of the list, with an average of 18 hours in a 55 hour workweek spent in meetings [Source: Wall Street Journal].

But, the truth of the matter is not all meetings are made equal. While it’s not practical or possible to cancel all meetings, having a plan in place to limit the amount of time you waste or spend in meetings will help you free up time to work on that to-do list. Here are some tactics to help you limit the amount of time you spend in meeting:

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Topics: Business, time management

An effective leadership team won’t just happen – you have to work at it!

Posted by Geoff Lawrence

24-Jul-2014 17:31:00

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Effective teams make a dramatic difference in terms of reducing costs, improving employee engagement and improving customer satisfaction – moreover, an effective management team is required to execute a business strategy and develop competitive advantage.

Despite this, most companies do not have effective leadership teams!

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Topics: Business, Leading, not managing

4 Key Benefits of Peer Advisory Groups for Business Leaders

Posted by Karin Simonsen

23-Jul-2014 17:49:16

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Imagine this situation. You’ve just been made CEO. It’s everything you’ve been working towards throughout your career and it’s a time for celebration. But, already, a few doubts are creeping in. You have some urgent questions about your new responsibilities, but nobody within your organisation to turn to for advice.

Or maybe this scenario sounds more familiar. You’ve been running your own company for several years now. But, for some reason, growth is stalling. You need some help, but you don’t know whom to ask.

It might be a cliché, but it can be lonely at the top. Within the business you’re the one everyone goes to with their questions. You’ve got the experience and learnt from a few bloody noses on the way. But what happens when you need support?

Who do you turn to?

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Topics: Business, Getting ahead

Why is sleep like Popeye’s spinach for CEOs?

Posted by Lee Bradshaw

17-Jul-2014 15:23:00

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The average person in the UK gets 6.5 hours sleep each night [source: BBC]. This stat probably doesn’t surprise you. When a deadline is looming and the pressure is on, it can be tempting to cut an hour or two from your sleep to carry on working.

On top of this is the impression that many top executives survive on a bare minimum amount of sleep. In a typical workweek Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer is reported to sleep 4-6 hours a night, while Donald Trump gets by on just 3-4 hours [source: Business Insider].

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Topics: Work/life balance issues, Being a new CEO, time management

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