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Archive from January 2015

How to build trust: an essential centerpiece to business

Most business leaders recognize that trust is absolutely essential to the success and competitiveness of their company. But while 49% of the general public do not trust businesses to do what is right, only 37% of CEOs say they are concerned about the issue of trust in their industry.



Here are four ways you you can build and should not use to build trust of your business organization:


1. Recognize that trust is no simple matter. It is a intricate web which involves many stakeholders within your organization and also outside your organization. This means you should…

2. Be prepared to work within the system rather than trying to work the system.

3. Acknowledge what leaders can and can’t do. There will always be trade-offs. Being open about unrealistic and unachievable expectations is essential.

4. Know that measures are not absolute. Perfection will never be reached and progress can go up and down. These qualities are the opposite of how many businesses recognize and measure their success.

5. Apologize publicly for mistakes. Accepting responsibility for shortcomings and demonstrating the human and fallible element in business is core to building trust.


1. Expect to always be in control. Creating a new settlement for trust involves ceding a measure of control, in order to work openly and authentically with others within a collaborative system.

2. Try to please all your stakeholders all the time. Being upfront when stakeholder needs are not met and effectively communicating reasons in these instances will strengthen trust in the long term.

3. Try to pretend you always have the answer to everything. Being without a solution is an uncomfortable experience for any business leader. But showing your vulnerable side and then working inclusively with stakeholders to resolve issues is vital to building trust.

4. Wait for others to start building trust before you. Loss of profit or competitive advantage is a real pressure for leaders. Investing in trust-building may cost money or make a company appear less competitive in the short term. But in the longer term it will build a more successful and resilient business.


SOURCE: Huffington Post

The daily routine of famous creative people

A work routine is supposed to be a part of one’s life rather than to BE one’s life.

Therefore, if you have the opportunity to work flexbile hours, you can make your own working schedule, why not make it the way you feel will be the best for you?

This infographic shows the daily routine of famous creative historical figures. It is interesting to see the diference from one another! How about you? How would your daily routine look like if it were to be displayed on this graph?



SOURCE: NY Media Works

Employee commitment and worklife

This infograph summarizes how the work life of employees is affect due to external factors such as work hour flexibility and lack of traning or guidance hinder their personal progress.


Marshall Goldsmith: What matters in life?

In this short video, Marshall Goldsmith lists what truly matters in life, including work, leisure and health!


Leadership and young age: 10 ways young people can lead

Young age does not necessarily mean that you cannot be a leader. See here ten ways in which young people can build their leadership skills through time:



1. Prepare before you engage the work market

  • When in college, you can actively participate in leadership organizations to already exercise your leadership abilities.

2. Read ahead

  • Research and read about what it takes to be a good leader according to different authors.

3. Evaluate if the organization is right for you

  • Knowing the company culture of the companies you want to apply to is very important. This will be a great differential once it comes to fitting into the company.

4. Always be prepared to learn

  • Remember that you will always learn new things even as you get older, and now at a young age this is not an exception.

5. Know your strong points

  • This is key as it will guide you to the area in which you can work well in and thrive!

6. Always lend a helping hand

  • Always offer to assist tose around you.

7. Work and play by the rules of the game

  • Be honest, integral and have a strong character. This is essential to growing the leader inside you.

8. Networking

  • Get to know others as well as get others to know you!

9. Recognize others work

  • Give credit to those who have done their respective tasks. Recognize their efforts.

10. Network with superiors and create a mentoring relationship

  • Become visible to thos hierachically above and establish a mentoring relationship with superios with whom you have a strong affinity.


Based on: Forbes