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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.

Ten essential lessons for entrepreneurs

For some entrepreneurs, things seem to fall into place on their rise to financial success, observes Jayson Demers, writing for

However, in spite of appearances, their success is not down to luck but rather an understanding of the importance of learning, adapting and growing, says the author.

15 quick fixes to improve productivity

Wish there were more hours in a day? Jayson De Mers, writing for, reveals fifteen easy ways to boost productivity right now.

1) Go airplane mode. If you want to get things done, close your email and turn off your mobile phone, advises De Mers.

Don’t just lead your industry – dominate it

Competitive advantage is shifting, say Thomas N. Hubbard, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, writing for Strategy+Business. The new industry leaders are leaner and more focused than their predecessors. They are the “supercompetitors”.

How to build the perfect board

The perfect board is diverse, well-trained and highly skilled, says Dr Roger Barker of the Institute of Directors.

Writing in Management Today, Barker describes how to build a great board in eight easy steps.

How to connect with your employees

For your company to thrive, you need each and every one of your employees to give their all. So how can you excite your workforce, fill them with enthusiasm and win their commitment?

Peter Economy, writing for, reveals seven proven strategies for connecting with your employees:

How to make your employees feel valued

You are failing in your role as a leader if just one of your employees feels undervalued, says Glenn Llopis, writing for

Seven ways to kill a brainstorming session

The wrong words at the wrong time can bring a brainstorming session to a “screeching halt”, says Sam Harrison, writing for Fast Company. If you want to encourage innovative thinking, never use these seven sentences:

The lessons leaders everywhere can learn from Chinese companies

Chinese companies can teach the West responsiveness, flexibility, improvisation and speed, say Thomas Hout and David Michael, writing for the Harvard Business Review.

Four myths about managing Millennials

Are Millennials really so different at work from Generation Xers and Baby Boomers? Amy Gallo, writing for the HBR Blog Network, says not.

Comparing the research of two academics, Gallo concludes that most of the myths about young people in the workplace are untrue, and that managing Millennials isn’t so difficult.

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

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

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, 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, 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, but your chances are slim.

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

On, 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.


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