Category: Leadership

The experts weigh in: Seven killer questions to use when conducting interviews

A survey by ERE Recruiting Intelligence estimated that each corporate job can attract around 250 CVs and out of those candidates only four to six will be interviewed, until one is selected for the position. So how do you get to that one, right person? Let’s be honest, gut feeling. And that comes through getting the type of information that will help your gut make the right call. Start with these seven questions. 

Read More

How to become a motivational leader

It’s one thing to be motivated. It’s another to be motivational. Over the years, the vast majority of investigations into what motivates employees have come to similar conclusions: It is not always the more obvious incentives such as money, rather it is the actions of other people, often those in senior positions. Inspiration, praise and acknowledgement from leaders ranked higher as effective motivators than financial incentives such as pay raises and bonuses. If employee motivation is so important, and the source of that motivation more often than not comes from leadership, the next question is: What are you doing to ensure you are a motivational leader?

Read More

Are you being a nice boss?

In a paper titled Happiness and Productivity from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick it was found that happiness made people around 12% more productive. This was based on studying over 700 participants. A lot of this starts from the top – with how you, the boss, behave. So ask yourself, are you being a nice boss? Have a look at our six-point checklist to see if you make the grade.

Read More

Five ways the startup leader is failing the team and the company

A poorly performing startup owner with an inflated sense of self (or simply one who can’t make decisions) is likely to create more challenges than solutions. The result of bad leadership can be conflicts with and between staff – and a business that will turn in the wrong direction. in short, bad leadership could easily derail a startup. So here we identify those negative traits that will likely mean a founder doesn’t get good results from employees.

Read More

How to get the most out of these five employee types

Sometimes you will just know how your staff are going to react to tasks and challenges. But for those other moments when you’re surprised by them, here is a guide to five types of employees that every boss will recognise, and some vital tips on how to get the best out of each of them.

Read More

5 signs your business has what it takes to make it

While your startup may be doing ok, you are still not experiencing the dizzying heights of growth that you want to achieve. Well don’t be hard on yourself – these are the early years and there’s a long way to go. What you should be doing, though, if reaching those dizzying heights is in fact your goal, is to ask yourself if indications are there that you are heading towards those bigger things. There are indeed telltale signs, and in this article we look at five key ones.

Read More

Why a big ego reduces your chance at business success

While one might think a big ego is actually a common trait among over-achieving business people, the truth is that an out-of-control ego is anything but conducive to success. The problem of ego is in fact a recognised one in the business world and has been the subject of many studies and much debate over the years. In this article we explore the specific challenges that come with having an ego and why businesses suffer when those taking the big decisions are led by a big head.

Read More

Mental strength and startup success

Mental toughness is broadly perceived as the ability to deal with stressful situations and pressures and still act to the best of your ability no matter how hostile or unpleasant the environment you find yourself in. And here’s the thing: Studies have shown that mental toughness can account for a variation of 25% with respect to quality of performance, which means it can have a huge impact on the outcome of a situation — or the outcome of your business. So how can the entrepreneur increase his or her mental toughness? This article explores five key ways.

Read More

5 business lessons from the UAE

If ever there was a place from which to draw inspiration for the way you run your business, the UAE may just be your ideal candidate. The tactics it has used to grow into a cosmopolitan, global hub over the past decades can teach entrepreneurs some valuable lessons.

Read More

How the UAE fosters entrepreneurialism

Free Zones, tax and duty exemption, low levels of red tape – it’s no secret that the United Arab Emirates has long been a magnet for entrepreneurs starting or relocating their business. Ranked 31 worldwide in ‘ease of doing business’ and placing very high on the happiness index (yes, there’s a happiness index) the UAE boasts everything you need to develop a product or service.

Read More

Get your email updates!

Please sign up to get information on everything to do with the UAE startup scene.
Email address