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A Guide for Making Tough Decisions

Good leadership is not a popularity contest. One of the most important days in my career was the day I realized that leading well was more important than being well-liked. Anyone who has had this epiphany know it’s a tough moment: We’ve all wanted to be the “cool kid” since our grade school days. Now we sometimes find ourselves sounding ... Read More »

Women, Find Your Voice

A senior manager is asked to give up an executive committee seat because the CEO wants to shrink the group’s size and plans to retain only “the most engaged” members. The leader of a $50 million division is passed over for promotion to the C-suite after failing to fully participate in strategic discussions in which “you have to shout to ... Read More »

Top 10 Ways To Proactively Develop Your Career

Nowadays, people tend to shift career about four times in their lifetime. But our education system hasn’t prepared us for all this change! How do you explore your options, develop new skills and take control of your career? Satu Kreula offers her ten top tips. We are often ‘waiting’ for somebody (HR, our line managers, etc.) to actively invest time ... Read More »

10 Marketing Tricks From the Pros

Marketing is the lifeblood of any startup – without it, the company will be sure to sink. So for entrepreneurs looking to boost their productivity with simple tricks, I set out to find answers. I recently asked some of the smartest and most experienced marketing people I know for their No. 1 marketing hack. While all provided extremely effective solutions, ... Read More »

How to Become an Idea Catalyst

Start crafting innovative ideas with these seven tips. Mike Duke spent 16 years working for retailers that competed with Wal-Mart. So when he joined Wal-Mart’s executive team, Mike had a pretty good idea of what made the discount retailer so tough to beat. “When you thought you had Wal-Mart pegged,” Duke once said in a magazine interview, “they’d be evolving ... Read More »

Take Your Career to the Next Level – Five Steps to Find and Use a Mentor

A mentor is a personal, portable, no-cost resource to help you set and meet your unique goals. Mentoring is an explicit one-to-one learning relationship between a person who wants to improve job or career skills and a person who can help him or her do that. Mentors are much more than “go-to” people. Mentors are champions of learning. Mentors take ... Read More »

Be a Time Machine

You can’t make up for lost time, but you can use it more efficiently. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. That’s all you’re going to have. Nobody gets more than that; time isn’t a renewable resource. So you need to find ways to make the most of what you have. What you do—and don’t do—determines your level of success.   Read More »

Word of Mouth Still Rules for Brand Advocacy

Even if consumers really like a product or service, they’re not likely to share those feelings on Facebook or Twitter, new research suggests. Instead, social media users are more likely to express their opinions about products in face-to-face social situations, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.   Read More »

5 Hard Truths About Success

1. To be successful you have to stay inspired. Inspiration is the fuel that powers the engine of your soul. Invest in your heart and soul. That means you might need a better coach or mentor or a new set of friends. Inspiration is what you lose just after you stop looking for it.   Read More »

What Separates Entrepreneurs From Mere Mortals: The Ability to Take Risk

Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes a special breed. “What separates entrepreneurs from the others is the ability to take risk,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, the founder of WhistlePig whiskey, when visited his farm in Shoreham, Vt., in March. “As you learn from your failures, you are better able to calculate what risks to take ... Read More »