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Every successful leader or manager possesses a diverse range of business management skills, such team building and motivation. In these articles the brightest business minds discuss the key skills needed to run a company, business unit or team, including time management, goal setting and communication skills.

Five management skills you can’t do without

When you’ve been in the workforce for a certain amount of time, you realise the importance of skills and abilities that simply can’t be learned in business school, observes Katherine Reynolds Lewis, writing for Fortune. With that in mind, the author highlights five key – but neglected – skills for management success...

Five guidelines for new chief executives

Writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, reveals that an executive on the verge of promotion to head a large global company recently approached him for advice on how to be effective as a new CEO. Martin offered the executive five recommendations.

Want new ideas and solutions? Take an ‘outside-in’ view

You might want your organisation to be thought of as innovative, but simply asking your employees to think outside of the box won’t produce game-changing ideas, notes Lisa Bodell, writing for InnovationManagement.se.

Entrepreneurs need to hone their writing skills – here’s how

Good writing skills can enrich anyone’s life, but are particularly important for entrepreneurs, according to Josh Steimle, writing for Forbes.com.

Why you need to learn the art of self-promotion

Writing for Entrepreneur.com, Martin Zwilling observes that many entrepreneurs believe their business idea will carry their startup, while most investors think that the idea is worthless without the right execution. This, he insists, means that selling yourself is more important than selling your idea.

Transforming your culture: the five guiding principles

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Cisco and IBM not only offer shining examples of innovation – they are also models for strong corporate culture, writes Kispert for Chiefexecutive.net.

Kispert comments: “Leaders at these companies and others like them recognise the role culture plays in their success.

The art of minimally invasive management

According to Randy Komisar, writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, most of the time the best thing a manager can do is to get out of the way of the people actually doing the work. This is the principle behind what he calls “Minimally Invasive Management”.

Five ways email is having a negative effect on your organisation

There’s no doubt that email has become an invaluable tool for communication and collaboration in the workplace. However, writing for Forbes.com, Jacob Morgan warns that it has its limitations and the widespread reach of email is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness.

The things bosses think but can’t say

Being a leader often means keeping some of your feelings and thoughts to yourself instead of sharing them with your employees, according to Geoffrey James, writing for Inc.com.

The author explores some of the most common thoughts that bosses frequently have but are best left unspoken:

Plan your first 100 days as boss

The first three months for a new boss is a critical period, writes Matt Regan for Management Today. As the author points out, first impressions count, and a clear and realistic 100-day plan can help you prioritise your time in a key period.

How leaders can focus on the things that really matter

One of the fundamental aspects of leadership is directing people’s attention – and to do so effectively, leaders first need to focus their own attention.

Ten tips for managing a business in a recession

Terry Frost, Forgetting Lorca, Flowers Gallery

The theme of how to manage a business during the recession is explored at Fortune courtesy of senior editor at large Geoff Colvin.

Revealed: the four key attributes managers need during a downturn

Terry Frost, Black Moon and Ochre, Flowers Gallery

In Harvard Business Review, Robert I. Sutton advises on how to be a good manager when the economy is bad.

Why global management requires knowledge of cultural differences

Trevor Sutton, Starcross, Flowers Gallery

On the website of Fortune magazine, Anne Fisher discusses the art of global management with Charlene M. Solomon and Michael S. Schell, co-authors of the book Managing Across Cultures: The Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset.

An entrepreneur's guide to assessing market potential

Eduardo Paolozzi, Flowers Gallery

On Inc.com, Darren Dahl discusses how entrepreneurs can assess the market potential of a new product or service.

Management style: how many of these sins are you guilty of?

Julie Cockburn, Flowers Gallery

On the Fast Company website, media training company Mindflash present a guide to the seven habits of a highly ineffective manager.

Why do good managers make bad decisions?

Jack Smith, Dialogue, Flowers Gallery

On BusinessWeek.com, Matt Boyle talks to management guru Sydney Finkelstein about his latest book 'Think Again', which examines why ostensibly good managers make poor decisions.

Wisdom, intelligence and creativity: the recipe for successful leadership

Michael Kidner, Flowers Gallery

In his 'Leading Edge' column on Forbes.com, Sangeeth Varghese discusses the 'WICS' model for creating leaders with its developer, Robert Jeffrey Sternberg.

Why your business plan needs flexibility

On HBR.org's 'Best Practices' blog, Amy Gallo emphasises the importance of keeping your business plan flexible.

Email marketing: get the subject line right

On Forbes.com, Kern Lewis shares some tips on marketing for entrepreneurs, as he discusses how to write a compelling email subject line.

How to make your people love the office

On Inc.com, the importance of happiness in the workplace is acknowledged, as the business website suggests ten ways to make employees love their office, summarised below.

How to deliver an important speech

Alyssa Danigelis of Inc.com imparts ten tips for giving an important speech, to help managers confidently step on stage in front of a large audience.

How to negotiate when the stakes are high

Pointing out that it's frequently difficult to “get to yes” given today's pace of business and the structure of organisations, Jeff Weiss, Aram Donigian, and Jonathan Hughes provide guidance on 'extreme negotiations' in Harvard Business Review.

Six-step guide to increasing productivity

Writing for HBR.org, Tony Schwartz reveals six ways to 'supercharge' your productivity.

As he observes, in the digital age it is increasingly difficult to focus as there are an increasing number of media competing for our time.

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