When good bosses turn bad: Seven deadly sins of bad managers

If you’ve ever done any management training, you’ll have been inundated with advice on how to lead effectively. You know the kind of thing: empowering your employees, communicating effectively and celebrating creativity? All hallmarks of a good boss. But doing the right thing is often just as dependent on avoiding doing the wrong things. How to be a good boss is often best understood in the context of its polar opposite – how not to be a bad boss. In this article we look at seven common mistakes that bad bosses make.

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Setting up a company in Dubai Healthcare City Free Zone

One particular free zone that’s garnering plenty of attention right now is Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) – and it’s not hard to see why. Dubai’s healthcare sector is booming – expected to be worth an estimated USD 28bn (AED 103bn) by 2021, according to a recent report by MENA Research Partners. DHCC Free Zone itself is home to two hospitals, 90 outpatient medical centres and diagnostic labs, plus over 2,000 licensed medical professionals – so it’s the perfect home for entrepreneurs looking to make their mark and grab a slice of this fast-growing market. In this article we look at how to set up a company in DHCC.

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Startup and beyond – evolving your business venture into an SME

There are few better places to start a business venture than the UAE. But once a businessperson has established their enterprise here, what next? One path is to take the next step and start looking to turn your startup into a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). It may feel like a big leap of faith, but it’s a logical way to push your venture forward, increase sales, and secure your business’s future. In this article we look at some of the facts surrounding startups and small businesses in the Emirates.

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Market research on a tight budget – why it’s a must-have investment for any startup

For any business it pays to know your market – especially for a startup. Whether you’re trying to assess the level of market demand before releasing a new product or service, choosing the best location in which to sell, or simply trying to understand what factors will influence customer spending, market research is the only way to truly understand your customers’ needs and expectations. Yet market research might strike you as a time-consuming and costly investment, reserved for larger companies with huge research and development budgets. Actually that couldn’t be further from the truth. In this article we look at some of the most important ways that companies leverage market research and how it can be done on a tight budget.

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The best of both worlds: Own a UAE company and run it from your home country

Entrepreneurs across the world are attracted to setting up and running their businesses in the UAE – even those who prefer not to relocate to the Gulf. In its Vision 2021 strategy whitepaper, the UAE stated its desire for foreign direct investment to grow to 5% of GNP. So with favourable terms, processes and ever-evolving business frameworks, the UAE is an ideal place to start up. Want to be a part of it? Here’s how you can get in on the action remotely, without the disruption and stress of relocating.

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In or out? When is outsourcing right for your company?

If you want something done right, do it yourself. It’s a well-used business maxim. After all, nobody cares for your business as much as you do. But what happens when things get too much to deal with on your own? The challenge of overseeing a thriving, growing business is a nice problem to have. But you can’t be everywhere at once. So how do you get more person-power on board? Of course one obvious route is to hire additional staff. But another option is to look at which parts of your operation you could be doing elsewhere. Outsourcing is growing but if it’s not done properly, or your suppliers fail to deliver, you risk damaging your reputation and your business.

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