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Act Like a Leader: Help Others Succeed. Build Strategic Alliances. Know Yourself.

by on Apr.12, 2016, under LA's Blog

These tried-and-true practices can put you on a short list of performers who have the edge in the leadership race.

Source: www.entrepreneur.com

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Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot

by on Apr.12, 2016, under LA's Blog

Changing habits begins with learning what you need to change, becoming aware of ingrained behaviors and practicing more productive responses.

Source: morethansound.net

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These 5 Questions Will Make You a Better and Happier Person

by on Apr.10, 2016, under LA's Blog

How do we improve who we are? The most effective–and often most difficult–way by far is to self-analyze. When we deconstruct our notions of ourselves and who we think we are, we are able to overcome potential obstacles standing in our way to becoming a better person.

By answering these 5 questions you can begin the journey of becoming your best self.

1. If you had one day left to live, would you be ready to go?

Although it’s very easy for us to reach temporary states of complacency, reaching a level of complete fulfillment at life’s end is a totally different story. So many of us end up going through the motions instead of actively enjoying what we do on a daily basis. Making sure we are content, right this moment, is a great way to keep this tendency in check.

Source: www.inc.com

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Why Employees Don’t Trust Their Leadership

by on Apr.08, 2016, under LA's Blog

One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman “Trust Barometer”, a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

Source: www.fastcompany.com

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Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs

by on Apr.06, 2016, under LA's Blog

As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just aren’t getting it. One reason leaders find themselves in this cycle is that their approach to communication is based on an outdated mental model. It’s a model best described as a “post office.” They view themselves as the sender of a message and others as the receivers. If problems arise, leaders look for disruption somewhere along the route.

The post office model focuses most leaders’ attention on the sending process, rather than the give-and-take of effective conversations. Even if they invite people to ask questions and truly value their buy-in, these leaders are still preoccupied with their message. This leaves them ignorant about the larger context and reality on the ground, including emerging issues and game-changing opportunities. In the extreme, thinking in terms of the post office model causes leaders to make decisions in isolation or miss the early warning signs of dysfunctional momentum.

Source: www.strategy-business.com

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The one piece of advice the founders of Twitter have for budding entrepreneurs – StartupSmart

by on Apr.04, 2016, under LA's Blog

There’s one thing that the founders of Twitter always tell budding founders and entrepreneurs when they’re asked for advice. Speaking on the Nerdist podcast to mark the 10th anniversary of the social network, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone discussed the key things they’ve learnt across this journey and their advice for the next

Source: www.startupsmart.com.au

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Your Team Can Make or Break Your Business–Here’s How

by on Apr.04, 2016, under LA's Blog

To grow your company, it’s time to rethink how you lead your people.

Source: www.inc.com

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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

by on Apr.04, 2016, under LA's Blog

New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.

Source: www.mckinsey.com

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How many of these leadership traits have you mastered?

by on Apr.04, 2016, under LA's Blog

These are the 10 competencies needed to be an effective leader.

Source: www.weforum.org

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How to Develop a Great Small Business Marketing Strategy

by on Apr.01, 2016, under LA's Blog

All successful businesses have a clear marketing strategy that makes everything more effective. Here are 5 keys to a great small business marketing strategy.

Source: smallbiztrends.com

 

As a small business owner you are probably very good at implementing a range of tactics in your quest to acquire more customers or clients. Unfortunately, if the tactics you choose to deploy are not aligned to a well thought out and clearly defined small business marketing strategy, your tactics will fail and the effort expended will be wasted. Remember strategy should always precede the development of any tactics to achieve the required outcome, and you should always develop your marketing strategy (using this excellent guide is a good starting point) to the fullest extent possible before moving to the “how are we going to get there” stage.

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