Six Habits of Remarkably Likable People

habitsThe beginning of the year always provides business leaders with an opportunity to think about setting goals, and also change bad habits, and rededicate themselves towards professional development.

For some, that means increasing their likeability factor: Being liked and respected in their organizations, and among their peers and colleagues.

In a recent Inc.com post, contributor Jeff Haden examines six habits of likable people, and how they succeed in setting everyone else at ease.

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Five Steps to Increased Efficiency

efficiencyProductivity. It’s something that all business leaders and professionals are thinking about — how to do more in each day, eliminate the distractions, and keep focused on achieving the big business goals that lie ahead.

In a recent Inc.com post, contributor Minda Zetlin interviewed Brian Moran, author of the “12 Week Year,” for his thoughts about how professionals can use efficiency to meet their goals faster.

Moran suggesting thinking of the calendar not as 12 months, but 12 weeks.

“If you embrace 12 weeks as a year, it changes your thinking. It creates a healthy sense of urgency. Twelve weeks is long enough to make significant progress, but near enough that you don’t lose sight of the deadline.”

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Four Ways You’re Letting Your Customers Walk Away

customersA new study from research firm Ovum shows 90 percent of companies are losing customers because they’re failing to adapt to the new ways of doing business.

In a recent inc.com article, columnist Erik Sherman summarizes the findings so businesses can learn what they’re doing wrong, as well as how to fix the issues.

Certainly, many companies are using CRM platforms to understand how their customers are buying, and to extract meaningful insights from mountains of data.

But businesses of all sizes and shapes are shedding customers and losing sales because their current processes and systems aren’t keeping pace with technology-savvy consumers.

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The Seven Forces of Business Mastery

businessThe most successful businesses — and the leaders at their helm — are constantly evolving, improving, and adding value to remain relevant to their industries and the customers they serve.

In a recent interview with Entrepreneur, business coach and author Tony Robbins shares his insights into the seven forces of business mastery all successful businesses possess — and the lessons for budding entrepreneurs.

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Don’t Fall into These Leadership Traps

leadershipWith a fresh year dawning, business leaders and entrepreneurs are setting about improving their leadership style, helping their teams succeed, and positioning their businesses for growth.

In a recent Forbes post, contributor Scott Edinger identifies seven characteristic pitfalls leaders should absolutely avoid in 2014.

Edinger begins by noting there are times when all leaders need to address their areas of weakness, particularly when they begin to overshadow a person’s strengths in their chosen role.

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