66 results for author: Geoffrey James


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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If a Customer Won’t Respond, Try This

If a potential customer didn't read or reply to your first sales email, these gentle reminders can focus the person's attention back toward what you're selling. In a previous post, I explained how to structure an email sales campaign. Because the initial ...
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3 Meetings You Can Safely Avoid

To increase your personal productivity, find reasons to avoid these huge wastes of time. Most companies, even small ones, have far too many meetings. While some meetings (planning sessions, brainstorming, etc.) are worth the effort, there are three generic ...
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20 Epic Fails in Global Branding

These classic brand marketing blunders show that globalization isn't always as easy it seems. When you are globalizing a brand, it's always a good idea to check whether your name, logo, or tag line means something different in the regions where you're ...
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Train Your Brain to Think More Clearly

Neuroscience says that honing how you speak and write also hones the way you think. According to the latest neuroscience, the human brain uses neurons in the left visual cortex to process written words as whole word units. The brain combines these words ...
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