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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 to make your company’s products more competitive

Competition among global product makers is currently being reshaped by the rising tide of prosperity in developing economies.

Expert advice for boards and directors during the financial crisis

The difficult question of how boards should deal with the financial crisis is discussed by top consultants Ram Charan and Tom Neff via an interview by Geoff Colvin at Fortune.

Is your business management philosophy built on flawed judgment?

Interesting evidence about predictions is covered in a book by Philip Tetlock entitled Expert Political Judgment: How good is it? The answer is directly relevant to business management, because fortunes are directly affected by political decisions (and indecisions).

The simple secrets of business communication

All sportsmen know that the basic essentials of their game can be expressed in very few words.

The best place for management training? Your very own corporate academy

All companies are management academies, good or bad. Very few concerns see themselves in this light. But companies of all sizes inculcate methods, judge managerial performance, seek to improve it, provide specific training, develop concepts - and, above all, provide an endless stream of real-life case studies.

The two gifts every good manager should give his staff

Great coaches no doubt differ in their styles as much as great athletes. But the coaches must all have eone thing in common: they are great communicators. It isn't just a question of seeing what the athlete must do, but of persuading the athlete to do it.

Assess business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats with SWOT analysis

How far is my company away from failure? The question itself sounds like an admission of inadequacy. The confident manager surely doesn't walk around waiting for nemesis to strike. Rather, confident people strut the stage like a colossus, with all the certainty, say, of Bill Gates.

New business management – are you being left behind?

If you haven’t caught up with the extraordinary changes in the business/management world, it’s time you did.

Learn from your failure

All success hinges on how well you manage one person - yourself. But you won’t get as far as you could progress simply by trying to master the lessons of success.

What's your unique success proposition?

These principles, taken from my book, The Unique Success Proposition, constitute the Success Quotient, which holds the key to all forms of human achievement. The USP can consist largely of:

Buying a business: the do's and don'ts

This is how NOT to buy a business...

Business forecasting: use your own judgement

All businesses must operate within societies which are rife with predictions on every side.

How to manage a crisis in your business

In The Complete Negotiator, Gerard I. Nierenberg gives us nine points for managing in a crisis...

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