Posts tagged Leadership

11 Ways to Improve Your Brain Functioning

Feeling the midday slump? Get out of the office and bring your laptop to a coffee shop! The right level of distraction is actually good for you:

When you need nose-down concentration, it might not sound efficient to head to a coffee shop, but studies show that the noise provided by most coffee spots give your brain the right amount of productivity boost it needs. One study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, for instance, found that a small level of distraction (in this case, a coffee shop’s ambient background noise of 70 decibels) was just the right formula for heightened focus and creativity.

Read more of our great tips for boosting your brain power on OPEN Forum.

7 Ways to Stand Out as a Leader

  1. Hone your conversation skills.
  2. Cultivate character and authenticity.
  3. Show warmth. 
  4. Be present.
  5. Develop executive maturity.
  6. Master presentation skills.
  7. Seek feedback.

To read more about how to build your executive presence, visit OPEN Forum.

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How to develop boldness as a leader
“All great leaders, both in the current arena and throughout history, have in common a willingness to take risks and be bold. Articles and studies reinforce the importance of bold leadership, but how exactly you become bold as a leader? Let’s take a look.”

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How to develop boldness as a leader

All great leaders, both in the current arena and throughout history, have in common a willingness to take risks and be bold. Articles and studies reinforce the importance of bold leadership, but how exactly you become bold as a leader? Let’s take a look.”

5 Important Business Lessons We Learned from the Girl Scouts

We love them for their cookies, but Girl Scouts offer up some valuable lessons about what’s really important in business:

  1. Goal setting: The Scouts always set goals for how many boxes of cookies they want to sell, and then work with their troop to reach that goal. Setting goals and developing a plan to make those goals a reality is something every business owner should do, #obvi.
  2. Decision making: Once they have a goal in mind, they make a series of informed decisions to put their plan to work.
  3. Money management: Managing the money coming in and the money going out is both beneficial during a cookie sale and crucial to the day-to-day operation of every small business,” writes Carla Turchetti of OPEN.
  4. People skills: You capture more bees with honey, and more Thin Mint sales by being a nice, relatable person.
  5. Business ethics: "Girls Scout’s honor" is a saying for a reason: Honesty and responsibility are lessons the Scouts value dearly.

Via OPENForum.com: “5 Business Skills You Can Learn From the Girl Scouts

Leading From Behind -- The Secret To Jeff Bezos' Success

Richard Sheridan, the man behind Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has found the “business value in joy.” 

In his boy, Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love, Sheridan shares some of his joy-focused management tips including the collaborative practice of pairing:

Everyone who does project work for Menlo works in pairs. These pairs are assigned, and we switch at least every five working days. There are many benefits; some are obvious, others more subtle.

… Pairing greatly increases the opportunity to catch programming errors at the time they’re created. That’s an obvious and powerful benefit.

Creatively, we just innovate better when there’s someone to bounce ideas off of. When we’re trying to create something new and interesting, we often get stuck and stay stuck much longer than we need to. At Menlo, if I’m pairing with someone and I’m stuck, my pair partner might say, “Hey, what about this?” and voila! we’re moving forward again.

From How 3 Entrepreneurs Faced Their Biggest Fears:

"Know the numbers that you need to survive on, but always dream big. If you set your sights too low, you’ll never know how much you can really achieve." -Ben Hebert, Founder, Natural Stacks