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How to Build a Successful Team

nytimes.comBuilding a successful team is about more than finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills. Over the course of interviewing over 500 leaders for Corner Office, I asked them all about the art of fostering a strong sense of teamwork. Their insights can help you lay the groundwork for a highly productive team that can communicate, cooperate and innovate in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. You need a clear and measurable goal for what you want to accomplish. “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any. See more…

Why Networking Is Not Overrated

success.comI read an editorial recently in The New York Times with one eye on the paper and the other one rolling in the back of my head. (Metaphorically, that is. Do not try this at home!) The piece, written by Professor Adam Grant of the Wharton School, is called “Networking Is Overrated.” The essence of Professor Grant’s opinion piece is it’s not who you know, it’s what you do. In other words, accomplishments are more effective calling cards to success than a business network. Read more…

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen

hbr.orgToo often, meetings are filled with miscommunication, cross-talk, and conflict. But by improving your listening skills, you can make these meetings more effective. Specifically, by listening slowly, you can be more intentional with your communication, get to the heart of your meetings more quickly, and even finish meetings faster. First, make sure you understand what’s being said. Give your counterpart your full attention, and truly digest what they have to say. Next, interpret what’s been said. What does this mean… Via

Why Are You In Business? A Year-End Reflection

forbes.comDecember is upon us, and the holidays it brings can be a time of stress. Gifts to buy, food to prepare, visitors to entertain. For company owners, there are those pesky year-end bonuses. But the end of the year is also a good time for reflection. For looking back at what you have accomplished and what you wish you had accomplished. For looking forward at what you hope to accomplish in the year to come. And, of course, for examining fundamental questions, such as why you are in business at all. We have spent much of our careers talking and working with entrepreneurs and other business owners. Often we have asked them just…


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