Creative Job Titles Help Create and Define Corporate Culture

Some companies have chosen to label their employees something other than employees. They call them team members, associates or other more endearing and personalized names and titles. With a little creativity, you can come up with a title for your employees, or even specific jobs, that can have a positive effect on the culture and experience that both the employees and your customers have with your organization.

5 Fatal Flaws in Your Productivity and Time Management Strategy

If you've ever looked at your watch and wondered where the day went; if you've ever had a list of things to do and haven't accomplished much on that list in your week; if you've ever thought, "I have too many things to do and not enough hours in the day"—then you most likely have fatal flaws in your productivity and time management strategy.

We Misunderstand Lean—But It Is So Important!

Lean has huge traction in about every part of organizations except for sales and marketing. But if you really understand Lean, it becomes compelling for sales and marketing, purely because of the clarity, focus, and simplicity it drives.

How an Entrepreneur Can Be Open But Stay in Control

The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on "openness," which leads to a new element of leadership, called "Open Leadership." The mantra of open leadership is "Be Open, Be Transparent, and Be Authentic." This is counter to the traditional business premise of "control," so many companies are still pushing back.

Dumbing Things Down Versus Radical Simplification

Our worlds are too complex; we seem to keep piling things onto everything we've done in the past. Too often, however, in response to this complexity and all the "tools" that have been put in place to manage it, instead of seeking simplification we dumb things down.

3 Ways to Support People in High Performance Environments

Consistently challenging your team and setting the bar high is only effective if you have the proper support in place. Failure to have a level of support that matches your expectations will not only make it difficult for individuals to meet their targets, it will also create an unnecessary source of stress internally.

4 Leadership Behaviors That Build High Performance Work Environments

Successful companies understand that achieving success is about addressing larger culture issues within the organization. Getting your organizational culture right is what leads to building a high performance work environment. This starts with leadership.

The Most Admired Entrepreneurs Are Servant Leaders

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called "servant" leadership.

For Entrepreneurs, Conversations Are All Business

Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always "too busy," but never seems to get the business done and the team moving. All real business is conversations focused on creating results.

How the Most Successful Leaders Manage the Brilliant Naysayer

Most every company has a Harold (or Harriet). Typically, he has been with the company for 20-plus years. He knows more about industry norms, the company's intellectual property, your IT capabilities, what legal will and will NOT go for, interoffice politics, and the CEO's family than anyone in the building. And unfortunately for you, good old Harold can effortlessly—and with absolutely no malice intended—recite four to six reasons why your idea won't fly.

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