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Management & Strategy

Three open-thinking lessons for leaders - 09/20/2019

A true leader can change minds, create cool teams and resolve conflicts of all sizes with the help of a basic idea: think about people and you will be happy. Let's see how this idea can be brought to life. 1. Focus on others One of the most difficult actions in a team is to feel your role in the success of another person. It is important to show mutual assistance and support when you are...

Keep it personal: Set and keep your personal boundaries at work - 09/13/2019

Do you feel that your colleagues steal your time and attention? Do you have a thousand small tasks but no time for the main goal? Are you torn between work responsibilities, but have no energy for personal relationships, leisure and what you really are interested in? Is staying in the office emotionally exhausting you? Does it seem to you that you are wasting energy? All this shows your inability...

Unlearn what you have learned: How ignorance prevents our victories - 09/06/2019

Sometimes we worry that we may seem ignorant, inattentive, incompetent. We are afraid to fail in public. We are not asking questions for which we supposedly should already know the answer. But this is precisely what prevents us from moving forward and coping with important tasks. Fear of "exposure" makes many people hide behind their ignorance and put up with problems that cannot be resolved....

Nissan CEO returns part of bonuses he received - 09/05/2019

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa apologized “for the inconvenience” and admitted that the company paid him more than expected. Hiroto Saikawa agreed to return the full amount of the overpayment - 47 million yen (€ 400 thousand), reports Reuters. At the same time, Mr. Saikawa said that he was not related to the purpose of payments and did not know that the company paid him excess money. Mr. Saikawa...

Give, not take: Creating better motivation for everyone - 08/30/2019

Speaking of rewards, we usually mean individual prizes for personal achievements. However, such rewards are often ineffective, writes Tom Rath in his book Are You Fully Charged? It is often thought that people care only about their own interests and they are not concerned about helping others. How to properly encourage your team then? Many studies confirm that the desire to help others is an...

The Leave or Stay dilemma: When to stop and when to keep going - 08/23/2019

There is one important feature for a businessman: the ability to correctly assess the situation in order to understand when it is worth doubling efforts, and when you need to stop. Persistence is a necessary quality for those who seek financial well-being. The worse the circumstances are, the firmer must be the determination not to give up. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: “If...

What are Content Weapons? - 08/19/2019

Content Weapons are intentionally engineered messages or payloads (text, images, sounds or videos) using a digital delivery system aimed at a location or group of a given mindset, with the express purpose of a targeted action, impression, behavior or response. Not to be confused with "Computational propaganda" as Content Weapons are not limited to the political arena or social media technologies...

How to organize your thoughts in the information overdose era - 08/16/2019

Our brains find unique approaches to organizing information. However, the “information overdose” era can be quite difficult to handle. What can we do to cope with the excess information? Categorization Categorization will help shift part of the work from the brain to the external environment. Imagine a box where we store everything that is needed for, say, baking. We don’t have to remember...

Five tips to get a pay raise - 08/09/2019

It is unlikely that there will be a person who would refuse a raise in salary. Often, however, we let chips fall where they may: wait until the boss offers the raise and feel underestimated if they don’t. If you are sure that you deserve more, you have to take matters into your own hands. Try one (or all) of the following techniques. Convince the bosses To wait until the boss himself proposes...

How to become a successful innovator in your company - 08/02/2019

Even a great business model may not be enough to guarantee success of a new product. Innovations threaten the status quo, therefore they often cause fear and resistance from employees of the company and society as a whole. Beginner innovators leave this negative reaction unattended, putting the product and company at risk. However, you can overcome the fear of innovation by outreaching to...
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