6 Things Your Employees Expect You To Know

6 Things Your Employees Expect You To Know

The relation between employers and employees is usually a one-way street, when it should be a two-way. As important are employer’s expectations from employees, employees needs and expectations are equally important too. Understanding and keeping those expectations in mind can go a long way toward earning your employees’ respect and trust.

These skills and practices are also essential to help your business succeed. Confronting your employee’s needs has the power to keep professionals engaged, enhance organizational culture and attract fresh talent. Avoiding employee needs may result in a devastating opposite effect.

The basic needs like salaries and other benefits are provided by every employers. But employees needs and wants in an organization are much more, and employers aren’t really providing what they expect in a workplace. It has been proven that the most successful businesses are the ones that work the hardest to please their employees.

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4 Ways To Get Over The Fear Of Being Your Own Boss

4 Ways To Get Over The Fear Of Being Your Own Boss

Fear can actually paralyze your spirit, your mind and even your soul. It’s such a powerful force, which usually works in the negative way. It makes you hesitant to try or do the thing you feel in your soul that you actually want to do. Anxiety, doubt, and fear can strip you of your motivation. It can and will stop a willing person from launching their own online business.

Thinking rationally becomes nearly impossible when fear takes a good grip of them. You have to move past this fear to succeed. And there are people who have worked their fear according to how THEY want it to work it to their own advantage.

As you evaluate what you’ve achieved – assess your job, career prospects and the people you are working for – you think you suck at it. An idea which once had so much promise. Choosing to start your own business basically means you will have to work harder than ever before. It’s scary and if you’re not frightened, you’re not ready enough too!

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How To Lead A Team: The Horrible Way!

How To Lead A Team: The Horrible Way!

Leadership and a good leadership – both are two very different terms, in a broader sense. Leadership is not just about being a leader and instruct your followers, to make rules for them, to pose restrictions on them, etc. this is a common misconception – that those who are at top are called “leaders” and others who are the ones who “follow” them.

However, the fact is, honestly – just because you are at a top position doesn’t necessarily makes you a leader. Though some people would like to show off wearing that badge to show others “who is the boss” here – most of them are usually horrible bosses. Which obviously, they don’t, or won’t realise – even if someone shows them the truth.

When you are on a job, it mostly means working on teams. Teams would have leader too – some good, some okay, but some would have bad leadership qualities . Because everyone doesn’t know how to be a good leader – or basically, how to lead a team, the good way. Because, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in many areas – building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. This turns them into having poor leadership qualities.

Trying to think from a different perspective – not all leaders are created equal. This is the problem many organizations are suffering from – not being able to recognize good leaders from bad ones.

But, as they say, there is a solution to every single problem. If you really want to determine someone’s leadership ability, give them some responsibility and see what they do with it. It’s not always pretty, especially with leaders having bad leadership skills, but good leaders will find a way to get the job done.

Coming back to the topic – horrible bosses. No, not the movie – but the actual cases. So, what are those ways those horrible leaders lead their team, basically? Let’s read on a little more to determine what is bad leadership:

They Always Want To Be THE Star

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“The leader should take all the credit” – wrong! Absolutely wrong! When you are working in a team, the results are produced by team efforts. A good leader would never take all of the credit of the work, and pose as THE star. They would give the credit to whole team, instead. If a leader doesn’t serve well with the concept of “service first” – he is a bad leader. Ego, pride, and arrogance these are not positive leadership traits. A leader’s job is to inspire, guide, direct, teach, motivate, and ultimately help others succeed – not to steal the spotlight. Real leaders know how to step back and let others shine.

Expecting Others To Follow The Rules They Themselves Don’t Follow

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Leaders should be able to set an example – a good one on that. And for that, they need to follow the same rules they expect their teams to follow. When you are leading a team, you need to take every person with you agreeing with you – ensuring that they are on the same page that you are. You can’t set different set of rules for your team than the ones you follow. A leader should be one from the team members – well, not literally. Being a leader, you have so much of an influence on your team–even down to the smallest habit.

Making Promises They Can’t Keep

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There is no worse habit as a leader than making promises you know you can’t keep. Team never welcomes such kind of bad habit, in fact they start to follow the same. A leader has a responsibility towards its team – whatever he does influences his team members too. The fastest way to lose respect as a leader is to say you’re going to do something and then not do it.

Firstly, it’s because it encourages a very bad habit in those around you, it is so crucial that you do the things you say you are going to do. If you want to climb the ranks, this is one of the most effective ways to do it. Keep your word and people will soon learn that they can count on you.

Not Genuinely Admitting When They Are Wrong

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Not only leaders, but in general sense too – it is believed that, admitting to a mistake is a sign of weakness. However, it is just the opposite. Admitting to your mistakes is the most bravest thing you can ever do. Being incapable to owning up to your wrongs makes your team question whether or not they can trust you. Owning up to mistakes will establish trust and an even playing field with you and your team. When you own up to your mistakes, it gives a bigger scope of improvement – and those who can’t improve or learn, can never grow as a leader.

Criticize Others But Can’t Take Criticism

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There are two types of criticism – healthy criticism and harsh criticism. Healthy criticism is how teams members push each other to improve and get better. Harsh criticism is what makes people unwilling and instills fear in them. It affects the self-esteem of the people. If your style of leadership is healthy and positive, expect others to do the same with you–which means you too will continue growing and improving. But if your style of leadership is harsh, then expect the same to come back to you–or worse, cause your entire team to go silent.

Gender Leadership : A Serious Business

Gender Leadership : A Serious Business

What is leadership? – the capability to lead. Whether they run a major corporation or serve in elected offices – leaders bring a combination of traits to the table. Some traits which are clearly more important than others – would be honesty, intelligence and decisiveness.

Men and women both tend to agree on the importance of these leadership qualities – with both nearly sharing equal views about being honest, intelligent, organized and decisive being essential. Although women are somewhat more inclined towards the importance of intelligence and honesty than do men.

However, larger gender gaps emerge on some of the other traits. Women tend to grow an opinion to say that being compassionate is absolutely essential in a leader, whereas men don’t.

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6 Tips For Finding The Best Talent For Your Startup

6 Tips For Finding The Best Talent For Your Startup

If you don’t have right men for your idea to work it upon – that’s as good as a vision without a direction. And, if you don’t have a direction to carry forward your idea, it all becomes a situation of make or break. Hiring people for your business is one of most important things while starting up your business.

Bad hiring process can prove as fatal for the business, as any other decision. A hiring crisis can dismantle the capabilities of a startup to get its products built in time. Hiring can be one of the most important tasks as a business leader – and which is not easy. It can also be a really time-consuming process which will include some monetary and reputational consequences too, if you couldn’t hire right people.

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Built A SaaS Startup? Make Sure It Lasts!

Built A SaaS Startup? Make Sure It Lasts!

When you build a SaaS startup – or any start up for that matter – usually, you have a vision for it in your mind. You have everything planned in your mind, right from – how you will fund it, how you will recruit or hire your people, how you will provide your product or service, how you will deliver the customer experience etc.

Well, most startup owners have already planned all these, and some have not. Some are just enthusiastic and excited about their new plan, and they take the things as they come. Though both the scenarios can work, depending upon the capability and ability of the business idea and the person behind it – some missteps in any area of your business can prove costly.

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Entrepreneurs, It’s Time To Go Back To School!

Entrepreneurs, It’s Time To Go Back To School!

“Those were the best days of my life” Damn right they were! Weren’t they? School days were definitely the ones which taught us a LOT more than just studies. We learnt how meeting new people can be amazing and horrible too! The lessons, we learnt from the school days, are no doubt the ones which we can never forget.

So, why are we talking about going back to school here? Kids aren’t the only ones who need to learn from those ‘old-school’ lessons – everyone has something to learn from them. Yes, even the entrepreneurs! Business and school have so much in common – in the terms of the lessons and the knowledge school can provide to the business owners.

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5 Ways To Get Over With Chronic Procrastination

5 Ways To Get Over With Chronic Procrastination

It’s a known fact, that, bad habits have a tendency for a prolonged “illness”. Bad habits are as contagious, as sneezing, laughing or yawning – well, not quite in the same order though.

Speaking of yawning, a research has shown yawning is the most contagious of all. What causes yawning? Laziness. Delaying your work, postponing it on tomorrow – which never comes. “Tomorrow never comes until it’s too late”. This line from Colonel Bagshot’s hit number ‘Six Day War’, applies here perfectly.

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5 Tips to Avoid Failure as an Entrepreneur

5 Tips to Avoid Failure as an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a big goal – it requires you to be passionate about your choice, demands a lot of work and commitment from you and your team – all of this on a day-to-day basis.

Trying to micromanage almost each and everything, you also have to manage a team of people, and make sure they work to the best of their abilities – that their best brings out the best in your business too.

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