70 results for author: Geoffrey James


6 Ways You Can Become Unique

Your success and that of your business depends upon understanding and articulating what makes you better than everyone else. In the final season of Mad Men, Don Draper is asked by the CEO of a small computer services firm if advertising might help his ...
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People, Not Profits, Make Companies Successful

Conventional wisdom says that profit is, well, the bottom line. Under this way of thinking, the most important task for any corporate leader is to create and increase profits. This focus on profit as the be-all and end-all is why companies downsize rather ...
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The 12 Insights Every Boss Needs

These statements of self-awareness describe how the very best managers think and believe. My favorite business authors are Guy Kawasaki and Bob Sutton, so I was really excited when I saw Bob Sutton quoted in Guy Kawasaki's newly published The Art of ...
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99 Inspiring Tweets From Albert Einstein

Based on his pithy quotes, the greatest physicist of all time would definitely have been a master micro-blogger. Albert Einstein, who died 60 years ago, was arguably the smartest human who ever lived. If he were alive today, there's no question in my mind ...
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Do Companies Really Need Headquarters?

Many start ups are, of course, launched out of home offices or proverbial garages. However, there's usually an assumption that, if your start-up is successful, you'll need to rent office space to continue to grow the business. However, one of the cool ...
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How to Cope With 5 Toxic Coworkers

I've written about difficult-to-handle employees and co-workers in the past, but the following hilariously on-target infographic pinpoints the five most common offenders, with some excellent advice for making them less toxic. It was created by Reu...
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How to Do What You Love for a Living

My regular readers know that I almost never write about my personal life. I figure this column isn't about me; it's about making readers more successful. However, my editor asked me to write about what made me passionate about my job, so here goes. I'm ...
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If You Love Your Job Don’t Read This Post

I'm serious. If you love your job as it is, don't read this post because it's going to provide some important truths that you probably don't want to hear. So if you love your job, stop reading this post now. Since you're continuing to read, I'll assume ...
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How to Write a Compelling Executive Summary

In most companies, decisions are made based on executive summaries. Here's how to write one that will generate the right decision. Other than business plans, executive summaries are probably the most crucial of all business documents. It's fair to say that ...
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5 Easy Ways to Cheer Up at Work

Sadness is both self-perpetuating and highly contagious. Fortunately, there's an easy way to turn "the blues" into "blue skies ahead." Even if you've got your dream job (and especially if you don't), work isn't always fun. A combination of stress, ...
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5 Surprising Things CEOs Love About the Job

CEOs all say they want to change the world but they also love these unusual aspects of their job. Over the past two decades, I've interviewed at least 100 CEOs on topics ranging from strategy, to finance, to management style. The challenge with such ...
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The 7 Avoidable Sins of Weak Leaders

Recently I posted The Ten Commandments of Leadership, so today I'll describe the flip side of the equation: the seven failure-producing, deadly sins that leaders too often commit. Here they are, with my prescriptions for overcoming them. 1. Gluttony. ...
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