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How to instantly connect with anyone

How to instantly connect with anyone



Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under your ...

Want to know the real business boosters?

Want to know the real business boosters?



Βillionaire Jeff Hoffman is one of the co-founder of Priceline.com, a partner at UBid as well as many other successful start-ups. Often, he likes to share with the rest of us his ‘all-or-nothing’ approach—an approach that aims at ...

Leadership lessons from the basketball court

Leadership lessons from the basketball court



Since it is the height of March Madness, it seems like the right time to share insights gleaned from a very early time in my career, from a basketball coaching legend. Early in my professional life, I had the opportunity to attend a dinner with ...

Every founder and CEO makes this mistake at least once

Every founder and CEO makes this mistake at least once



How you execute your plan is what makes a great CEO How do you craft your strategic plan? Do you have a strategic plan, or do you just wing it day by day? Maybe you do my three-month planning hack. Regardless of your planning tactic, I am sure ...

7 tips for building a robust company

7 tips for building a robust company



I founded four start-ups, and taught Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School for half a decade all the while, so I have reached some solid-based opinions regarding what aspiring business people should know before they start building a company. ...

10 Stupid rules that make good people quit

10 Stupid rules that make good people quit



It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options. If you ...

Businesses and the ‘bet’ of Circular Economy

Businesses and the ‘bet’ of Circular Economy



The stats are clear, and the signs are growing: Frequency and ferocity of climate change related events are growing all around the world. Severe draughts and strong storms make up the forever changing and unpredictable reality we are experiencing. ...

When an employee makes a mistake, how you react is everything
How to retain top talent

How to retain top talent



Ask any specialist on the future of work and they will talk to you about a world of Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing. Of on-demand economies and five generations meeting in virtual offices, where almost any worker can accomplish any task from ...

A Day in the Life of your Banking Customer

A Day in the Life of your Banking Customer



For the customer, silos create a contradiction where each channel seems like a whole other organisation. This inconsistent experience includes a difference in the tone of voice; duplication of messaging; or having to start the conversation again ...

New research: A common mistake leaders make when conflict arises
Why you need to jump on the storytelling bandwagon: Leadership lessons from a millennial podcast enthusiast
How to harness the power of comics in your organization: Part 2
9 Types of people who never succeed at work

9 Types of people who never succeed at work



Experience and knowledge are rapidly losing their relevance to success in the workplace. Harvard economist David Deming studied workplace tasks from 1980 to the present day and found that those that emphasize social skills grew by a whopping 24%, ...

7 Core Beliefs Of Great Bosses

7 Core Beliefs Of Great Bosses



Great bosses change us for the better. They see more in us than we see in ourselves, and they help us learn to see it too. They dream big and show us all the great things we can accomplish. Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down ...

How to harness the power of comics in your organization: Part 1
How to become the perfect boss

How to become the perfect boss



Endangered species they are not! Perfect bosses do exist and the way to become one is relatively easy. Being a good boss is not just about having good corporate results or producing remarkable work (not that these qualities are not awesome!). ...

To find your next act, look back to your childhood

To find your next act, look back to your childhood



If the inevitable “What do I do with the rest of my life?” question has you perplexed, you may benefit from revisiting who you were as a child and what you loved to do. In those dusty storage boxes filled with your childhood keepsakes ...

10 Things confident people don’t do

10 Things confident people don’t do



In “The Empire Strikes Back”, when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is ...

Here's why you should stop boasting about always being busy

Here's why you should stop boasting about always being busy



Being busy can be good. It can mean you’re being productive and getting things done. It can also be bad and signify that you’re taking on too many activities and not giving yourself enough breathing room to relax and rest. My client ...

How to measure the success of your research project

How to measure the success of your research project



Often, we go into research projects with really high expectations—unrealistically high—that we are going to find something so novel, so innovative that it will blow everyone’s minds. While it’s not bad to hope the success of ...

Does working from home work?

Does working from home work?



Recent surveys by Regus, a company that offers serviced office space, virtual offices, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms across the world, show that 44% of entrepreneurs in Greece believe that the things that can distract you when you work from ...

What will really make employees happy

What will really make employees happy



Flexibility can enhance the work-life balance of workers. In an era when two thirds of candidates believe that they do not really need to be at the office in order to complete their tasks, it is now clear that flexibility in this area has become one ...

Developing women leaders: It’s time to move beyond one size fits all
Engaging your employees in the big picture

Engaging your employees in the big picture



Imagine how your company would look and perform if every single person at every level really understood why your company needs to change, what most needs to change and how they contribute to “us” winning. Think it is impossible to truly ...

Things you should know about your startup

Things you should know about your startup



My father often says: ‘Success is being comfortable with uncertainty’. You see, as an entrepreneur, you come face to face with a lot of risk-taking during your efforts to build your brand. When my company, Parachute, set off her journey, ...

How to lead people older than you

How to lead people older than you



Career experts often talk about the rules of thumb regarding such cases. Today, we often come across teams being led by people in their thirties supervising colleagues who are one or more decades older than them. Nevertheless, despite this frequent ...

Fortune 500: The Most Successful American Companies for 2017
How to analyze customer satisfaction data in four steps

How to analyze customer satisfaction data in four steps



Surveys are everywhere. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies standing by to run your survey and compile your data. My clients generally offer surveys that are at least 10 questions long and are completed 20 or 30 (or more) times each ...

Why Visuals are Powerful Storytelling Tools

Why Visuals are Powerful Storytelling Tools



One of my favorite experiences as a Concept Artist at Root was when a simple rough sketch turned into a storytelling tool that completely changed the course of a two-day workshop. Our client, a chemical company, was consolidating two parts of their ...

How to help employees change in the workplace

How to help employees change in the workplace



There’s something about summer and the inevitable transition into fall that always makes me think about change. Remember summers as a kid? You would battle the lengthening days of May and struggle through the stifling first few days of June ...

Building on trust, dedication and respect

Building on trust, dedication and respect



Winning your team’s trust and respect is key to success and productivity. We all know how challenging a new beginning at a new job can feel, especially when you are in the managerial team. Indeed, to succeed, you must learn how to be a true ...

Five negotiation tactics for a win

Five negotiation tactics for a win



Here’s what the strong negotiator does: instead of ignoring or resisting the feelings of the person in front of her, she tries to detect and affect them. You see, feelings and emotions are not the obstacles, during a negotiation. Feelings are ...

10 Things great bosses do every day

10 Things great bosses do every day



We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there’s a ton. ...

8 things smart people never reveal about themselves at work

8 things smart people never reveal about themselves at work



At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight. Trouble is, you can’t build a strong professional ...

Women in leadership: The ceiling is still too high

Women in leadership: The ceiling is still too high



Why is the glass ceiling still so high for women in the corporate world? Women are dynamic, educated and skilled. Still, they are underrepresented in leadership roles. Take the Fortune 500 list for example, in this season’s issue, women CEOs ...

Economic Review (1st Half 2017)

Economic Review (1st Half 2017)



Hellenic Bank assesses that Cyprus' macroeconomic outlook is positive and is accompanied by a significant increase in real gross domestic product during the first half of 2017, a robust employment growth and further improvement in key domestic ...

10 simple tips to help you increase your productivity

10 simple tips to help you increase your productivity



Productivity is linked to efficiency- Doing more things, faster and more easily. In order to make full use of your time, follow the following tips: 1. Take some time at the beginning of the day to prepare Go through your e-mails and updates ...

7 Ways managers motivate and demotivate employees

7 Ways managers motivate and demotivate employees



Few things are as costly and disruptive as managers who kill morale. Demotivated employees underperform and then walk out the door at the first opportunity. The scariest thing is how prevalent this lack of motivation is. Gallup research shows ...

Only 9% of employees want to go to work- How will that change?

Only 9% of employees want to go to work- How will that change?



Representatives from the biggest Greek firms attended the 20th Human Resources symposium in Greece. The topics discussed included what it is that inspires employees, what motivates them to try more, how the company’s vision becomes a personal ...

6 Ways to Lead with Trust

6 Ways to Lead with Trust



The recently released 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer suggests that trust is in crisis around the world. Trust has broadly declined and specifically in the four institutions that many of us count on to tell us the truth: government, business, ...

Great Leadership Style: The Power of Intentionality

Great Leadership Style: The Power of Intentionality



What does it mean to be an intentional leader? Many people assume it is synonymous with being assertive or decisive. In fact, intentionality is different, though related. It is a directedness toward something. In leadership, intentionality is ...

30-million-dollar investment to the start-up that will end car accidents
Elon Musk wants the human brain to stay forever alive

Elon Musk wants the human brain to stay forever alive



“Elon Musk: The real-life Tony Stark” is what is being written for the founder of SpaceX and Tesla- and for good reason. The man who wants to send us to Mars has unveiled his latest venture: according to the Wall Street Journal and ...

You Can Improve Your Work Relationships By Stealing A Page From Customer Service
Are You A People Manager? Here Are The 2 Skills Your Employees Say You Need To Improve
Strategic execution: Six practices for team success

Strategic execution: Six practices for team success



Every senior leadership team’s job is to set strategy and drive execution. A lot of things can get in the way. For starters, we assume all members of the team are basically aligned around the strategy because at one point we agreed. We assume ...

What to Do When You Get Criticism from your Team

What to Do When You Get Criticism from your Team



A few years ago, a leader pulled me aside after a meeting to ask, “Can I share some feedback?”  Most of us assume when someone asks that question, they aren’t winding up to deliver a compliment.  And so it was. He said he ...

Leadership Challenge: Deciding Who Decides

Leadership Challenge: Deciding Who Decides



As leaders we can’t make all the decisions, nor would we want to.  While we have considerable experience on which to draw, we can’t possible have all the answers. We need input from the organization – not just data but ...

How to Keep Your Team Connected When You Don’t Have the Time

How to Keep Your Team Connected When You Don’t Have the Time



The new president of a retail company was troubled and frankly puzzled by what was happening to his team.  They seemed to be running harder than usual and frayed around the edges. After three years as the leader of EMEA and a member of this ...

It’s the Year of the Leadership Roller Coaster – Trends and Predictions
15 email-etiquette rules every professional should know

15 email-etiquette rules every professional should know



E-mail address, writing style and salutations are only some of the elements you should pay attention to when sending an e-mail. Have you ever considered how much time is spent sending or replying to e-mails? We have the answer: a lot. Almost ...

Richard Branson: My letter to 25 year-old me

Richard Branson: My letter to 25 year-old me



What advice would you give to a 25-year-old? At his late 60’s, Sir Richard Branson, one of the world's most successful entrepreneur, the founder of Virgin Group, wrote a letter to his 25-year-old self.   Dear ...

Things to think of before you hire new staff

Things to think of before you hire new staff



There are four things to consider Advice on who to hire is plentiful. But knowing when to actually take that step toward a full-time hire is critical to the success of your company, as well as the morale and engagement of your current team. ...

10 Things That Make A Boss Great To Work For

10 Things That Make A Boss Great To Work For



TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that the best bosses have a lot in common. In particular, 90% of them are skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and ...

How to avoid a bad hire

How to avoid a bad hire



What you should note to avoid making the wrong choice. A recent research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting reflects a continuing trend: Aside from poor performance, failed hires are a result of a mismatched skill set.   Nearly ...

21 Tips to Become the Most Productive Person You Know

21 Tips to Become the Most Productive Person You Know



I wanted to help you create explosive productivity so you get big things done (and make your life matter). Here are 21 tips to get you to your best productivity.   #1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours ...