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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.

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.

Highlighted in infographic form are the "most common workplace ruts" that undermine the effectiveness of managers. Here is a summary of the seven undesirable habits and how to kick them:

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.

Make your meetings more effective

Meetings may be the bane of the corporate world but even small businesses cannot do without them, writes Josh Spiro of Inc.com.

Ten things you should do before starting up your start-up

Is your great idea good enough, and can it become profitable and deliver a return on any investments? Although there's no real way of finding out until you try, business website Inc.com offers some start-up preparation tips.

How to convince others you’re in charge

Leaders can take control and bolster performance by locking into their team's loyalty and boldly defending their backs – that's the view of Robert I. Sutton, writing for the McKinsey Quarterly website.

Start-up entrepreneurs: the top ten mistakes to avoid

Writing for the Wall Street Journal's website, Rosalind Resnick, founder and CEO and  Axxess Business Consulting Inc, highlights the mistakes that start-up entrepreneurs make. Resnick admits that "when it comes to starting a successful business, there's no surefire playbook that contains the winning game plan".

How to find the right kind of employees for your start-up venture

The challenge of attracting talented people to a start-up business is discussed by Issie Lapowsky on Inc.com. The author observes that good employees are valuable and essential for growth. With that in mind, she imparts some advice for entrepreneurs looking to recruit the right kind of people for their business.

When only micromanagement will do

There are times when micromanaging is both good and necessary, according to Christine M. Riordan, writing for Forbes.com, as she runs through some scenarios where managers should keep a closer eye on the day-to-day work of their employees.

How to use rivalry and competition to boost innovation in your company

According to Bernard T. Ferrari and Jessica Goethals, writing for McKinsey Quarterly, productive rivalry can spur innovation and help the development of products and services, and they cite such diverse evidence as the director of General Electric's Global Research Group, and the more surprising example of the Renaissance.

Two essential rules for presentations

Writing for the 'Conversation' blog on HBR.org, Nick Morgan sets out two rules for making a successful presentation.

The first of these is: know your audience.

Encouraging innovation through the use of pay incentives

On Forbes.com, Donald Delves discusses ways in which pay can encourage innovation.

Business plans: ten essential ingredients

On Forbes.com, Martin Zwilling outlines a recipe for a great business plan, revealing the ten essential ingredients.

According to the author, investment-grade business plans usually consist of around 20 pages, which should also contain these ten key elements that matter most to business owners and investors…

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