How to Say No to a Deal the Right Way

There is a method to turning down potential partnerships without jeopardizing your relationships.

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Just a few weeks ago, I was standing outside of San Francisco’s Ferry Building in the pouring rain on the phone. Torrential rain in San Francisco is unusual for October, which is normally considered the city’s ostnesible summer. But in this case, it contributed to a sense of evil foreboding, as what I expected to be a friendly and collegial call quickly took a nasty turn.  

“We thought about this overnight, and we are not a good partner for you,” said t

If You Treat Diversity Training as a Checkbox, Your Company Will Suffer

Businesses pour billions of dollars into training every year, but not always in the right areas.

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Companies pour billions of dollars into training every year, but are they training in the right areas? Recent figures put the size of the workplace-training market in the U.S. at nearly $170 billion, with expenditures in that market topping $80 billion. Many businesses focus on training for areas with transparent bottom-line implications, su

3 Ways to Help Introverts Shine in an Extrovert-Leaning Workplace

It’s up to leaders to ensure outspoken corporate cultures don’t silence their quietest and brightest team players.

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When you think of a successful CEO or leader, classic extrovert traits come to mind: outgoing, energetic, charming, talkative. Steve Jobs was famously extroverted, as was Margaret Thatcher. And while about half of the general population are extroverts, up to 96 percent of managers and executives display extroverted traits, reveals <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=rX2ZDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT145&lpg=PT145&dq=deniz+ones+stephan+dilchert+extroverts

That Cute Job Listing Might Be a Threat to Your Business

Why entrepreneurs should prize accurate over clever when it’s time to hire.

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These days, you’re as likely to see a job listing for a “product ninja” or a “sales rock star” as you are for a cut-and-dried position like human resources manager or marketing associate. Part of this is a reflection of the more casual, flexible nature of work today. Soft skills are extremely valuable in the information economy, as is the ability for workers to step up and take on a variety of different responsibilities at work. 

Plus, attention is valuable, even the attention of

5 Tips for Turning Stressful Employee Relationships Around

Negative team dynamics can sour the company culture for everyone.

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Building a team can be incredibly gratifying. Not only do you get to meet talented people, but you also get to help them become their best selves. All of that depends, however, on your ability to get along with the people you’ve hired. If interactions with even one member become tense, grin-and-bear-it experiences, the joys of team-building evaporate. Left unaddressed, stressful employee relationships can sour the company culture for everyone.

You may be the boss, but you can’t fire people simply bec

3 Things That Will Boost Your Team’s Communication

To up employee engagement, help them communicate with each other — and with you.

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Most full-time workers spend about 40 hours each week on the job, accounting for roughly 35 percent of their waking moments. That’s a huge emotional, physical and mental commitment. Accordingly, greater numbers of employees are seeking jobs at places where they can feel at home and forge real relationships. As a leader, you should keep this at the forefront of your mind.

Why? Last fall, Gallup reported that just <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/241649/employee-engagement-rise.aspx&quot;

How to Give Creativity a Voice in the Workplace

Tips for both leaders and employees.

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Today’s organizations spend considerable time and energy selecting and recruiting creative talent. And rightly so. Creative employees help their organizations survive and remain relevant in an ever-changing global environment. But no matter how creative an organization’s workforce might be, if employees are unwilling to speak up and express their innovative ideas to the organization’s leaders, than creativity will be but an untapped resource. Luckily, there are steps both leaders and employees can take to ensure the creativity presen

True Transparency Requires Sharing the Good and the Bad

Trust is easier to earn when your company is an open book.

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McKinsey’s 2019 State of Fashion report identified “radical transparency” as a top trend in its industry, as consumers increasingly demand more information about supply chains. The trend is hardly limited to fashion, however. From Whole Foods’s <a href="https://medium.com/@sfts/what-the-whole-foods-gmo-transparency-initiative-means-for-shoppe

11 Quotes on Kindness That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

World Kindness Day serves as a reminder that benevolence can be good business.

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The business world is often portrayed as a highly competitive ecosystem in which you need to fight to get ahead. To a good extent, that’s very true. Entrepreneurs need thick skin, drive and intense focus to succeed. But it’s also important for entrepreneurs to remember the value of kindness. 

With World Kindness Day coming up on November 13, take a few minutes to read these

4 Tips for Managing Communication Among Remote, Multilingual Teams

There are many challenges to maintaining a successful telecommuting workforce, including language and culture.

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Remote teams aren’t going anywhere. A study by IWG reveals that half of employees work from outside the office for half of the week. Also, a <a href="https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-work-job-choices/&quot; rel="nofollow noope

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