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Entrepreneurs With These 6 Mindsets Can Attract Brilliant Talents

Entrepreneurs With These 6 Mindsets Can Attract Brilliant Talents

A leader is as strong and formidable as the team they have around them. Without the right team, an entrepreneur’s vision or ideas can come to naught. This is why it is important for an entrepreneur setting out on the journey of becoming a leader or a pacesetter in an industry needs to have the right personnel or workforce to help attain their objectives.

It is not just about hiring or scouting for talent, though. Sometimes what sets an entrepreneur apart is the mindset and proficiency to get things done. The mindset and the character an entrepreneur showcases to the world could be enough to attract top talent that will help them actualize their ideas.

It is incredibly important for entrepreneurs to build their character on these mindsets to attract brilliant talents.

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1. Having an enormous amount of self-belief

Brilliant talents are attracted to entrepreneurs who have ample self-belief. They want to know that the person who is in charge can make something out of nothing when push comes to shove. The “I can do” mindset spells possibility and triggers action.

Such entrepreneurs are not reluctant to go into the field with their employees and act to define a change. Such energy when borne out of self-belief instills confidence and assurance to top talents.

2. The willingness to try new things

There is a zeal that stems out of doing something that has never been done before. A mindset that is attractive to any new set of ideas and thinking outside of the box. Top talents want to be part of something new, creative and innovative.

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It is more about leaving a legacy and being challenged to be a part of something different. When you have an innovative thinker in charge it makes you feel confident and part of something huge.

3. The approachable personality

Many exceptional entrepreneurs are humble. They do not make themselves imposing personalities or have a superiority complex. Being humble and modest about whom they are sort of attracts the right kind of personalities and talents who will not feel subjugated by working for them.

Top talents can be assured that they won’t be in an environment that is stifling and stiff. They can be expressive and actually connect with their leader.

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4. Readiness to listen

Entrepreneurs who are successful are not dogmatic. They are willing to listen and get your perspective. They are discerning and understanding. Being ready to listen has a way of making others want to reach out to you and offer an opinion.

Such a quality is both motivational and inspiring to top talents who will love to speak out and demonstrate their brilliance every now and then.

5. An informed demeanor

As many will attest to, the rich will always love to hang around with the rich, just as the intelligent will always love hang around the intelligent. Attracting top talent will require an entrepreneur to be informed, not only about his industry but also about what he or she expects from people they will be working with.

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It is important for an entrepreneur to never stop learning, as they should be knowledgeable and informed about what they are getting into. Such qualities will make top talents assured that they are in safe hands and that their leader knows what direction he is going with his company.

6. Being committed

No one wants to be tied with an individual or an organization that is renowned for performing projects or objectives haphazardly. Top talents want to be tied with excellence and a commitment. Top talents do not want to be sub-par or mediocre. They want to feel accomplished and complete, knowing that they have given their all and best to a project.

This is required from a leader who is willing to go the whole nine yards and stop at nothing to make a vision become a reality. When an entrepreneur is renowned for being dedicated and committed to what he or she does, then certainly they will attract the brilliant talents that will help them actualize their business goals.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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