Kindness, evolution and paying it forward

A number of different random events led me to write this post. First, I saw a post on Instagram where someone was offering to introduce other watch collectors to their authorised dealer to help them land some ‘hard to get’ pieces; second, I posted a story about my friend who has been kidnapped in South Africa and received a lot of support and possible avenues to assist; finally, I am doing a course on Psychology (for fun) and this topic of kindness came up again – A few thoughts came to mind which I thought I would like to note down, since I find it fascinating why we might be inclined to be kind to one another (or not).

Networking for Introverts: 3 Tips for Success

An unwillingness to invest time in building professional relationships can limit your career. Here are some ways to reduce the stress of developing a robust network. Adrianne Koteen/TEDx SF/Flickr Question:  How many introverts does it take to hold a meeting? Answer:  Two… as long as they both have laptops and Internet connections!* If you are…

For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of competence for fostering the trust you need as a manager to influence others. We stressed that management competence includes not just technical knowledge of the work but operational and political know-how as well. Here we want to focus on the other great component of trust —…

Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now

The word may sound stodgy. But courtesy and manners are still essential–particularly in business. shutterstock images The ‘elevator rule’: Don’t discuss the meeting till you’re out of the elevator … and the building. The word “etiquette” gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally…

Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations

Daniel Gulati Daniel Gulati is a tech entrepreneur based in New York. He is a coauthor of the new book Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. Follow him on Twitter at @danielgulati. Stuart stood up confidently and addressed the group: “I studied Art History at Yale, worked at Bain…

How to Attend a Conference as Yourself

I often feel awkward when I go to a conference. Reluctant to sidle up to a stranger and introduce myself, I roam, like I did at college parties, self-conscious, seltzer water in hand, not fitting in. In the midst of a sea of people chatting away enthusiastically, I am uncomfortable and alone. But when my…

7 Networking Tips for Women Owners

Want to grow your business? Do what men do. Have big networks filled with people who can connect you to money, markets and talent. At this point in history, men entrepreneurs (on average) are more successful than women entrepreneurs (on average) at growing their businesses. To be as successful as the boys, you don’t have…

How to Get Past Voicemail & Email

Tired of leaving endless, unanswered voicemail and email messages for prospects? Use these tips to get your messages returned. I used to think the problem with getting emails and voicemails returned is that they either didn’t get through (which happens) or the person deleted them (which also happens). But I have found that the tools…

Negotiating for Wimps

How to ask for what you want — and get it. Eleven tips for the confrontation-shy. I admit it. I hate negotiating. (Hate negotiating.) To me, a negotiation always feels at least a little confrontational, and I’m a confrontation-averse kinda guy. Unfortunately, negotiating is a fact of business life. So if you’re like me—a negotiating…

5 Tricks from a LinkedIn Jedi

The man who wrote the book on LinkedIn shares his secrets to becoming an expert social networker. David Gowel has made many career transitions:from civilian to military, from military to academic, and finally from academic to entrepreneurship. Along the way, Gowel used LinkedIn to achieve each step; an experience, he says, that has made him…