Being an Effective Leader

7 ways to be a better business person this year

No matter how good you are at running your business, you can do better. As a small business owner, you have to be pretty hands-on when it comes to the day-to-day handling of the company, which means you always need to be at the top of your game. This is the year you’re going to do that.

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Authentic Leadership

Leadership that moves us towards making real, person to person connection is what we should be aiming for.

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Becoming a mentor

If you are a veteran in the SME sector, are running a very successful business or just feel you have something to offer a budding entrepreneur, you may consider becoming a mentor. Let's look at the characteristics of a good business mentor. Use your experience and expertise to help other small business owners

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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Leaders and managers are often identified as the same, but there is one very distinct difference: a leader mentors and takes part in tasks together with their teams, unlike managers. Managers delegate tasks and focus their energy on a hierarchy system. Leaders don’t fixate about being superior. And, naturally, employees will respect people who are genuinely willing to go the extra mile to help someone grow. This article looks at the qualities you should consider in your role as a leader.

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Do you need a mentor?

When it comes to finding accurate information about starting or running a business, it can be hard to know who to ask or where to look. Reading the articles on this website are a very good place to start, but it can be even more valuable to find an expert who can give you face-to-face advice. A mentor can walk with you on your journey as a small business owner.

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How to be a good leader at work

For many people, becoming a leader isn’t part of their career plan. But when you’re running a small business, you become the leader of a team of people.
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Learning to Delegate

Delegate as much work as you can if you want your business to thrive. If you don't, chances are you'll be short on time and long on responsibilities. Read more.
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Making decisions

complex_decision.jpgHaving the ability to make sound and sometimes quick decisions is crucial for running your own business successfully.

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Obstacles and your reaction

As a business owner you have most likely have quite a bit of experience in dealing with various “obstacles”. These may come in different guises e.g. a new product or service that is slow to take off, having a variable cash flow but fixed overheads, handling demanding tasks or clients, etc. The key question is: How do you manoeuvre yourself through these situations without becoming negative, angry, feeling helpless or staying stuck? This article explores some of the options available to you.

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Speed up your success

1st_place.jpgYes, we can become successful quicker. It is possible to speed up the process.

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Supervisory skills you'll need as a team leader

Being nominated to the position of a leader can be both an encouraging and daunting experience. It is encouraging because it shows the trust your company and employees place in you. However, it can also be daunting because of the list of responsibilities that come with the title. This article outlines the skills you will need as a leader, to help you prepare for your role.

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Top 15 characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? This article provides a list of the top 15 personal characteristics and qualities of successful entrepreneurs. Do you have them? Check where you feel strong today and where you can improve moving forward. Take into account that while some people are born with certain skills and personality, you can learn and improve through training and practice.

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What makes a good project manager?

For any project to run smoothly and produce the desired outcomes it has to be lead by someone who can bring all the elements - and people involved - together to work towards achieving a common goal. This person is called the Project Manager. A project manager brings all the elements of a project together.

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Who is your mentor?

Regardless of where you are in your career, a mentor can help guide you through your entrepreneurial journey. From providing information and knowledge to finding ways to stimulate your personal and professional growth, and everything in between. It is therefore important to find someone you can trust and feel comfortable enough with to ask questions and learn from.

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Why are communication skills important in management?

Not sure why you need to be a good communicator? Well, being a manager means that you have to do more than, well, manage people. You need to be able to communicate clearly and build a relationship with your colleagues and employees. If you do not improve your interpersonal and communication skills, you might find that your employees are unable to speak to you about issues they might be facing. Outlined in this article are just some of the reasons why communication is important to management.

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