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The 7 Rules for Role Models

Role models are people we admire and want to emulate because they embody an ideal. We want to model our lives on them. Its great having one. Yet, conditions apply! There’s a dark, sinister side to having role models. This article looks at the rules to follow while choosing your role models.

The seven hidden upsides of negative thinking

We’re often advised to stay positive. To keep our chin up when adversity strikes. But are there any downsides to positive thinking? Surprisingly, there are several! This article looks at some of the upsides of negative thinking. Or let’s call them the positives of being negative.

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Daughters in business?

In most business families, it’s the son that gets involved in the family business. It’s rare finding a daughter involved in the business. But times are changing. Success stories of daughters running family businesses have increased in the last decade. This article provides 4 tips on making daughters successfully join the family business.

4 good luck charms to make you luckier in 2020

For most of us, a sense of control over our destiny is a necessary ingredient of a happy and contented life. And the good news is that the more we perform some actions, the luckier we get. Think of them as good luck charms. This article talks about 4 good luck charms to make you luckier in 2020.

4 Easy steps to make pointless work purposeful

Is all work exciting? Not necessarily. There are always those ‘pointless activities’ to perform. But all seemingly pointless work is not without purpose. There are some activities which while prima facie pointless, do serve a larger purpose. This article is a stepwise guide to find the purpose in those ‘pointless but purposeful’ activities.

Does autocratic leadership work best?

Being autocratic doesn’t mean being a dictator. There are multiple shades between a full autocrat and a leader who doesn’t do anything till his team agrees. Let’s call the best leadership shade an ‘enlightened autocrat’. Here are some of the characteristics differentiating an ‘enlightened autocrat’ from a ‘dictator’.

Why smart people do stupid things

We’re often dumbstruck by the stupid things smart people do. What causes smart people to do stupid things? And how do we prevent ourselves from falling into this stupid trap? This article looks at 4 causes and 3 ways to avoid the trap.

Are you a good leader or a great leader?

There are bad leaders, good leaders and great leaders. In your case, its likely you’re either a good leader or a great leader. What differentiates a good leader from a great leader? Very many aspects. This article looks at 6 vital signs of a great leader.

6 ways to dodge potholes on the highway to success

We deal with plenty of potholes on our roads. In life too, there are some pothole strewn phases. While potholes in our personal life are frustrating, we pass them sooner or later. But businesses can also run into potholes. This article looks at 6 ways to pass the potholed stretch and get onto the silky-smooth highway to success.

Do you know who your customer is?

Customers are the magic ingredient for any successful business. Despite the obvious importance of the customer, very few businesses know their target customer. They know that a set of customers have bought from them. Yet, they often don’t understand why the customer bought from them. Read this article to know who’s your ideal customer.

Loyal Employees and how to spot them

A generation ago, it was common to find people working their entire life with one company.The previous generation often stuck to one job not because of a great sense of loyalty. It was more from a lack of viable alternatives. So, if sticking to one job is not loyalty, what is? This article looks at some signs that an employee is loyal.