Leadership

The laws that women in politics made possible – Women in Business Article

Although it is an all-time high, only 32 per cent of Members of the House of Commons are female.  Despite the lower number of women in this position of power, there have been a number of laws in the past and present that owe their existence to female politicians. We’ve teamed up with medical negligence claims experts, True Solicitors, to explore the impact of women in politics. Barbara Castle — The Transport Act 1968 Barbara Castle was one of the…

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A Manager’s Job Is to Come Up with Answers – Business Article

Excerpted from The Great Game of Business. It’s very common for managers, especially new managers, to think they’re supposed to have solutions for any problems that arise on their watch. That kind of thinking can get you into deep trouble. For one thing, it sets you up to fail because no one has all the answers. For another, it undermines your credibility because everyone knows that no one has all the answers. It also isolates you from people. A big pitfall…

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Marketing So Good, It’s Bananas: How Jesse Cole Turned a Ballgame Into a Circus – Business Article

By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist Jesse Cole had a vision. Professional baseball had failed in the American city of Savannah for 90 years, but Jesse thought maybe college summer baseball could work there. This was no capricious whim. The move took planning and money. Jesse had to buy an expansion franchise that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. People thought he was bananas, to put it mildly. But he believed in his vision. Even as his six-person staff gathered…

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On Culture | The Story of Telling – Business Article

Culture is how we act, based on what we know about who we are. It isn’t about fitting in, it’s about understanding where we belong and why. Culture is a reminder that if we believe this, then we do or don’t do, that. It’s about saying this is who we are, then living up to that ideal. The leader’s job isn’t to tell us what to do. It’s to remind us who we are, so we can live that story.…

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Nice Guys Finish Last – Business Article

Excerpted from The Great Game of Business. We’ve all heard how you have to be an S.O.B. to succeed in business. How you have to step on other people to get results. How it’s okay to throw your weight around because it’s a tough world and you win through intimidation. It’s all a crock. I’ve worked on the shop floor. Believe me, nobody there wants to hear a guy telling you to bust your butt if he’s rolling around in a…

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Don’t Manipulate Me, Move Me – Business Article

There’s a difference between a good story and a great story.A good story gets our attention. A great story changes us. Successful marketing campaigns and brand stories don’t convince us.They move us. A good leader gets our vote, and sometimes, our respect.A great leader gains our loyalty, and often, our love. We don’t have to be smart enough to manipulate people to act.We have to be sincere enough to move them to act. Image by Nevada Halbert <!– <rdf:Description rdf:about="https://thestoryoftelling.com/move-me/"…

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Executive Communications Tip: Start with the Bottom Line – Women in Business Article

Every single one of my coaching clients face challenges with executive communications in one form or another. The most common contexts in which these issues come up include these two dimensions of personal branding and executive presence: Communicating in an executive fashion to be seen as a potential executive (i.e., ready for a promotion) Communicating with executive colleagues to earn credibility in senior leadership conversations But what does good executive communication really look like in action? Most of the time,…

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How the Rules of Improv Can Improve Your Culture and Business – Business Article

Fear. It can control any situation, including situations in the workplace. Fear of making mistakes, fear of criticism, fear of losing credibility to your peers and superiors, fear of feeling unprepared…. these all inhibit creativity and prevent what Dallan Guzinski calls “psychological safety,” a feeling of safety allowing individuals to be comfortable  contributing ideas and feedback. Based on his experience working as Director of Culture and Engagement at The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Dallan introduces ways to build trust among your team and and…

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Who’s on #Smallbizchat February 2019 » Succeed As Your Own Boss – Business Article

#Smallbizchat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #Smallbizchat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.  Please join us live on Twitter every Wednesday from 8-9 pm ET. Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and follow the hashtag #Smallbizchat and click here for directions to join the weekly conversation.  In February, we will be covering a lot of topics, including How to Market,…

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You Don’t Have Weaknesses, Just Overdone Strengths – Business Article

By Mark Schaefer I recently wrote about a special mentor I had in my life when I discussed Robert Crosby and the one word that changed my life. Bob had such an impact on my outlook on life and business. I recently was explaining one of his philosophies to a friend and thought this might be useful to you, too. Bob once told me that there are no such things as personal weaknesses, only over-done strengths. If you think about this as…

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Why I Lead by Central Prince Georges Chapter Leader Pamela Hart Vines – Women in Business Article

This post by AWE Central Prince Georges Chapter Leader Pamela Hart Vines, Founder & CEO of Troop PR and Vines Film, appeared first on Linked In on January 24, 2019. I’m a community leader. Although I have yet to organize social cause demonstrations or run for public office, my important contribution to my community is to lead the local chapter of a women’s networking group called Awesome Women Entrepreneurs. My chapter, among seven AWE chapters in the region, is based…

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Every Action is an Expression of Belief by @TheGrok – Business Article

Our companies are nothing but the collection of action every one of our employees take. What beliefs do your employees have about the organizations goals and vision? In Alan Stein, Jr. new book Raise Your Game he quotes a famous Inc. magazine survey that first asked executives what percentage of their employees could name the company’s three top priorities. The executives guess 64%. When the researchers conducted the survey of the employees, the actual number was a sadly, only 2%.…

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Why do so many big companies lack marketing basics? – Business Article

By Mark Schaefer A short time ago, Verizon quietly folded its big-time venture into social content, a platform they started in 2015 called Go90. The telecommunications company wanted to become a media company, and it bet big bucks to make it happen. With younger video viewers increasingly flocking to YouTube and social platforms instead of linear TV, the time was ripe for a new video platform competitor, especially one that could offer great content from the digital video creators and…

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Take The Lead » How to Be Gender Bilingual – Women in Business Article

Issue 82 — January 27, 2019 The man in airline club sat down across table from me and spread out his computer and various other electronics all across the width of the three chairs on that side of the table. I was working away on my computer using only the space intended by the chair where I was sitting. He did not say “hello” or ask me if I was interested in talking with him. Instead, he opined, “You are working too hard.” He continued…

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Your Bite-Sized Explainer on the IT Director Career Path – Business Article

The Director of IT in any organization requires a unique skill set that combines technical knowledge and business acumen. The IT Director Career Path is just as varied as the position itself. This position has many associated titles that often hold the same responsibilities — being the conduit between the IT team and the business operations team. That can come in many different forms. For example, Director of IT, Infrastructure and Operations, is responsible for the business phone systems as…

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It’s Your Time – Women in Business Article

Whether your skin color is red, brown, white, or yellow, it’s your time to stake your claim in American corporations. Whether you are a woman who was raised with a silver spoon placed lovingly between her lips, or you’re returning to work after having a baby or taking care of an aging parent, it’s your time. Or perhaps you are a first-generation corporate woman with no one in your family or social circle to help you navigate the tricky corporate…

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Attention Students and Entrepreneurs: Here’s Why The Social Sciences are More Important Than Ever – Business Article

Sasha Freemind@sashafreemind, Unsplash.com Somewhere between Summer and Fall, I spent an unforgettable moment with Andrea Koppel. The good news is that we recorded our conversation. If the surname sounds familiar, it’s because Andrea is the daughter of iconic broadcast journalist and host of Nightline Ted Koppel. Andrea is a force of her own however. Among many things, she’s the host of the uber-popular Time4Coffee podcast. It’s a show dedicated to students and entrepreneurs where “caffeinated career conversations” guide listeners in their…

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Growth IQ – – Business Article

The book review for this week is Growth IQ by Tiffani Bova. Bova has written a powerful book that describes the optimal paths to business growth in today’s marketplace. She backs up her theories with excellent case studies using relevant businesses and their current levels of success and/or failure. My takeaways from this book are the ten paths to business growth shown in the list and diagram below and the knowledge that most of these paths are not stand alone.…

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There Is No Future In The Status Quo – – Business Article

There is no future in the status quo . . . Just ask Sears, Blockbuster, Novatel, Blackberry, Nokia, and the list goes on and on! There is no future in doing things the way we have always done them! Status quo always ends in irrelevance and obsolescence! As business leaders we need to continuously challenge ourselves and our organizations to innovate and improve. We need to shake up our industries and stop doing things because we have always done them…

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How to Increase Your Productivity Using Boundaries – – Business Article

Blaise Pascal, the 17th century French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, inventor, and theologian once opined; “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This is a powerful statement coming from a man who lived in the 1600’s! This was before any sort of modern technology that we take for granted today. Now we are at a time where it is becoming more and more difficult to disconnect from the constant barrage of emails, text…

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Companies Need An Employee Brand Engagement Reality Check – Women in Business Article

If you expect your employees to do what they can to build your brand, then you better make sure they’re equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to do so.  This makes sense, but according to my employee brand engagement assessment research, most business leaders approach employee brand engagement with little more wishful thinking. In my new book, FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies, I explain that employee brand engagement is the extent to which…

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The Rundown – Your Blueprint For Sports Talk Success – June Edition – Women in Business Article

As the weather heats up, so does the need for sizzling small talk. Join in on the sports conversation with confidence at home, the office or pool side with this month’s edition of The Rundown. Belmont Stakes – June 9 The Belmont Stakes is the third race in the quest for the Triple Crown, only accomplished if the same horse wins the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Working it into the conversation It’s all about timing. Normally…

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Women Entrepreneurs: A Growing Revolution Against Gender Bias in Corporate America – Women in Business Article

At a recent panel discussion about what drives and inspires local women entrepreneurs — and specifically mompreneurs — one theme came up over and over: these successful, driven women all left their previous careers for the freedom and flexibility that they simply couldn’t find in the corporate workplace. Persistent gender bias in workplace policies — about the very real demands of balancing family and a career — force many women off the corporate ladder and into entrepreneurship. While men continue…

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The Rundown – Your Blueprint For Sports Talk Success – March Edition – Women in Business Article

  March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, except in the sports world which is full of excitement. Don’t miss out on the chatter around the coffee pot, be a part of it with these conversation starters for March.     March Madness College basketball tournament starts – March 13 The crown jewel of March sports is March Madness. The NCAA (the governing body for college sports) March Madness Tournament consists of the top 68 college…

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The Rundown – Your Blueprint For Sports Talk Success – January Edition – Women in Business Article

The new year is upon us and that means a fresh slate. If creating relationships, growing your client base or expanding your network are on your list of resolutions, develop the rapport with sports and keep the conversation going all year long. Here are what your friends and neighbors will be talking about in January. College Football National Championship Game – Monday, January 8The two best teams in college football, Georgia and Alabama, come together in Atlanta to find out…

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Your Blueprint For Sports Talk Success – December Edition – Women in Business Article

The holidays are here and that means too much small talk at holiday parties, not enough sleep and more sweets than your body has had in a year. If you’re anything like me, the small talk at all the parties gets old. I can’t tell you how much easier my life has been since I started Last Night’s Game. The sports talk has been my savior in dull conversations. Here’s your guide to working the room this holiday season. Heisman…

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Begin with the end in mind – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

If you have a growing business, it’s important to prepare as best you can to safeguard your success — and not inhibit growth by wasting time, effort and profits on fixing problems down the track. Having lawful and carefully-drafted employment contracts and workplace policies may seem an unnecessary task compared to keeping work rolling in the door, but your single biggest asset in a small business is often your employees. This asset can easily become your biggest liability if you…

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Have vision, be confident – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

While Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA CEO Deidre Willmott has worked with some amazing leaders in government and the private sector throughout her career, she’s developed her own style along the way. “I would say that what I have learnt is that a leader has to have a vision. They have to articulate where they want an organisation to go and they need to live that vision every day,” she says. “Firstly, they need to be confident that…

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How to support an employee dealing with mental health issues – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

Tackling mental health issues in the workplace starts with a difficult conversation. Here’s how to make it easier… The annual cost of mental illness on Australian business is in the billions. These numbers do not account for the human cost on the employee dealing with a mental illness or the effects on their colleagues and employers. If you know your employees, you can usually spot changes in their behaviour that may be early signs of mental health issues. It might…

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