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Every good manager knows that people are their most valuable resource. In these articles we show you how to manage effectively to get great things from the people you manage. We'll tell you how to create powerful teams, nurture talent and prevent conflict. All our articles contain the best new business thinking from around the world.

Trust: why it’s important and how leaders create it

Creating trust within a business culture is a key foundation of leadership success, observes Nick Bron for Leadership Review.

Employees need to trust their leaders and the decisions they make, and have faith that the organisation is being steered along the right path for all concerned.

Using your emotions in negotiations

Learn to use your emotions and you will be a better negotiator, writes Shirli Kopelman for the HBR Blog Network.

Many people fear acknowledging emotions at work, believing they only cloud judgement and impede reasoning. But, argues the author, your emotions can be an important negotiating tool, giving you energy and expression.

Why you need to get marketing and IT to work together – and how to do it

Marketing and IT will need to work better together if they want to generate big revenue from big data.

Big data necessitates a “marriage of convenience” between CMOs and CIOs – both of whom are responsible for turning this new resource into profit, explain Matt Ariker, Martin Harrysson and Jesko Perrey, writing for McKinsey Insights.

Attracting and retaining Millennial stars

How do you find and keep the next generation of high performers? Lindsay Eney, writing for Smart CEO, talks to some industry insiders and discovers the best ways to attract and retain Millennials.

Can personality disorders really lead to professional success?

Organisational psychologists from Binghamton University School of Management have found that three unpleasant personality traits – narcissism, manipulation and psychopathy – can help leaders achieve better professional success, writes Minda Zetlin for Inc.com.

Tips on recruiting for your startup

Without a proper recruitment strategy, it’s easy for start-ups to lose sight of their initial vision, says Chuck Cohn, writing for Forbes.com.

Five ways to ruin your career

Five common mistakes could be damaging your career potential, writes Cheryl Lock for Fast Company via Learn Vest. Learn what they are and how to fix them.

Getting the best out of your employees by building pride

Breakthroughs in human brain research show why some management practices work better than others, write Jesse Newton and Josh Davis for Strategy+Business. The authors use neuroscience to explain why the “pride building” method works so well.

How to plan for the long term and the short term at the same time

Is it possible to invest in tomorrow without damaging performance today? Ken Favaro, writing for Strategy+Business, looks at short-term/long-term tension and how to get over it.

The five worst questions to ask your employees

Asking the right questions can trigger change, opportunity and growth. But, writes Warren Berger for the HBR Blog Network, there are certain questions that leaders should never ask.

How to thrive in a slow-growth industry

Weak markets are not a valid excuse for a company’s slow growth, write Kasturi Rangan and Evan Hirsh for Strategy+Business. With the right market proposition, you can achieve success, no matter what state your industry is in.

Tips on better time management

Time management is one of the biggest challenges in the modern workplace. Many leaders complain of being short on time or are looking for ways to improve productivity.

With that in mind, Frances Booth, writing for Forbes.com, shares a long list of time management tips, including:

Tips on selecting and trialling new management practices

Adopting a new management practice could give your company competitive edge and boost performance. But, warns Julian Birkinshaw, writing for Harvard Business Review, leaders should beware the “next big thing”.

Want to be an entrepreneur? Here are some things you need to know first

Think you want to be an entrepreneur? Lolly Daskal, writing for Inc.com, reveals what it’s really like to go it alone.

Daskal reveals eight facts about entrepreneurship that you really need to know:

1) You might fail. Almost 90% of startups fail within a few years. You might dream of being the next Amazon.com, but your chances are slim.

How can you be a more effective manager in times of disruption?

On Forbes.com, Chunka Mui highlights some lessons on managing in times of disruption.

The author observes: "One important insight is that, as bosses' responsibilities and compensation grow, they become ever more dependent on people and factors beyond their control.

Communication: avoid these three traps

Ron Ashkenas discusses the difficulty of communication on his HBR.org blog, observing that large organisations in particular struggle in this area.

Planning fallacy: why it always takes longer than you think to get things done

Human beings are generally "pretty lousy" at estimating the time they will need to complete a task, says Heidi Grant Halvorson on Fast Company – and obviously that has implications for managers everywhere.

How to help employees meet their goals

On HBR.org, Amy Gallo looks at ways of making sure your employees succeed in achieving their goals.

What to do when your colleagues are fighting

How should you respond when two of your colleagues are fighting? Amy Gallo explores the protocol and etiquette of conflict management in her article for the HBR Blog Network.

Workplace conflict can be complicated. Sure, if you manage the two co-workers who are fighting, it is your duty to intervene. But if they are your peers, the situation is far less clear cut.

Are you fulfilling your potential as a boss?

Are you a good boss – or a great one? That's the question posed by Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, writing for Harvard Business Review. They observe that most bosses reach a certain level of proficiency and stop there, leaving their potential unfulfilled.

How to assemble a winning top team

On the McKinsey Insights website, Michiel Kruyt, Judy Malan, and Rachel Tuffield discuss the importance of building an effective top team, pointing out that the consequences of getting it wrong could be the paralysis of the entire organisation. With that in mind, they offer some advice for CEOs on assembling a senior executive team.

Want to change your organisation? You need to change yourself first

Efforts to achieve organisational change often falter because executives overlook the need to change themselves, according to Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox, writing for McKinsey Quarterly.

A new strategy will not live up to its potential if it fails to address the underlying capabilities and mindsets of the people who need to execute it, insist the authors.

Getting the most out of your mentoring relationship

The right mentor can make a huge difference to your career, writes Katherine Reynolds Lewis for Fortune.

Lois Zachary, author of The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, tells Reynolds Lewis that 96% of executives consider mentoring as an important development tool.

Why the employee engagement survey is out of date

It’s high time we took a fresh approach toward employee engagement, insists Josh Bersin, writing for Forbes.com.

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