Here’s another leadership concept that you’ll need to learn if you want to become a more effective executive, and it’s called “commander’s intent”. Understanding how to use it will allow you to be better at delegating, get your team to finish more tasks at higher quality, and it also gives experience and responsibility to your team and allow them to grow and develop.
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At a certain point in your career, you will likely get promoted into a leadership position. Aside from that, if you decide to start your own business you’ll be required to take on a leadership role in your company by default. Once you become a leader, you will need to take responsibility for a lot of things and your organization’s success or failure will likely depend on how well you lead others.
In the book The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki, the author mentioned that good leaders don’t hesitate to use these four phrases: “I don’t know”, “Thank you”, “Do what you think is right”, and “It’s my fault”. While Guy didn’t explain them further, a lot of other leaders did. Why are those four phrases so important? Here’s why…
*Contributed by Sarah Williams.
Everywhere revolution is happening. The whispers that surround typical office conversations related to moving to an online platform have become reality, a virtual reality. The daily commute that in previous times would leave American freeways crammed at rush hour, has decreased because many seek the comfort of remote work. Offices sitting in many high rises in some of the more popular cities are increasingly becoming vacant as professionals find new and innovative ways to work.
On first glance, one would assume that the American economy is suffering from a recession. However, the reality is that many offices in the United States have moved from a physical space to virtual offices. The virtual office format is much more forgiving to your budget simply because you do not spend as much time in the office as a result of a pay-as-you-go system. Plus, it has transformed modern business.
Continue reading for more information on how the virtual office has transformed business.
Just as there are good deals in the world, there will also be bad ones. Not everyone knows how valuable your product or service is so they might try to pay you too little (or pay you nothing at all), and there are also those who try to take advantage of the weak and desperate.
Unfortunately, some of us are desperate to sell and some are too polite to reject other people’s terrible offers.
It doesn’t have to be that way. We shouldn’t be compelled to accept bad deals out of politeness. This article is about learning that lesson.[Read more…]
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Meet Jeremy, a rising star in his company, who prides himself for waking up at 4 am almost every morning and going to bed late at night. He wants to make sure everything is properly done before he goes home from work, and is always available for a consultation even late in the evening.
Do you identify with Jeremy? Do you think he will become a wonderful team leader, accomplishing wonderful things? Many people strive for the hustler effect, where your life is neatly wrapped around your career and sleep is just something you do whenever there’s time.
After all, we all know that hard work and long hours represent the path to success, right? Well, not so much. According to recent studies, a chronic lack of sleep can make you less productive, and brings a multitude of health problems your way.
Every decision you make at work or in your day-to-day life, requires brain function, but lack of sleep leads to impaired cognitive processes and prevents the brain to function to 100%. As a result, your productivity lowers, it becomes more difficult to stay focused, and your ability to solve complex problems fast and concise lowers.