The best team members practice servant leadership -- putting others' needs ahead of their own, following the team's vision and setting teammates up to succeed, writes Randy Conley. "The legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was famous for preaching these words: 'The Team! The Team! The Team!' " he writes.
Decisiveness in hiring managers is key to recruiting top talent, but many -- about 75% -- lack this quality and are losing out on strong candidates, according to a Gartner report. Gartner offers three suggestions for improving this process, including having hiring managers -- and not just recruiters -- interact with potential candidates.
Real estate marketers often drive interest in their listings through websites, blogs and partnerships with local businesses for open house events, writes Meredith Hart. For best results, real estate marketers should have a clear plan that includes a vision statement, target customer, specific goals and ways to measure results, Hart writes.
Tariffs collected on $250 billion in Chinese goods will not be enough to compensate those in industries hurt in the trade dispute, based on recent government figures, and this gap will become even more noticeable to longer it's allowed to grow. The President committed to paying American farmers $28 billion to compensate them for damages related to the trade war, but total funds raised by Chinese imports only came to about $20.8 billion.
E-commerce website Etsy is associated with homemade or vintage goods, but many listings on the site include fruit that is difficult to find in the US, such as South Asian mangosteens, writes Lilian Min. Min also notes that Etsy's selling policies make these purchases far simpler than other channels to bring international fruit to the US.
Despite many Democratic presidential candidates being in favor of making Washington, D.C., a state, 64% of Americans are opposed, based on a recent Gallup poll. Support was higher among Democrats, minorities and women, but no single group came out strongly in favor.
Why it matters: An eight-day celebration starts today of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first mission that landed a man on the moon. Joann Morgan, the only woman in the rocket's firing room, says she and the other women working on the mission faced sexism, along with obscene phone calls and negative comments. The most recent astronaut class, which is 50% female, will no doubt be taking that "we're doing it anyway" spirit with them in their future endeavors.
Leaders can listen to team members most effectively by asking clarifying questions, recapping the conversation's theme and taking time to reflect before offering a response, writes Joel Garfinkle. "[T]his can lead to a much more open dialogue when you've allowed space for the other person to feel truly heard," he writes.
Asking insightful questions around your business model, products, innovation and the larger economic and political picture can help shape a more effective strategy, writes Bhavna Dalal. She offers seven questions leaders should consider, including how competitors can inspire a winning edge.
A compelling corporate story, geared toward the values of founders, executives and employees, will give an organization a competitive edge and deeper connection with customers, writes Josh Levs. Customers "like knowing that a business is run by people who care deeply about an issue that matters, even if that particular issue isn't generally on their radar," he writes.
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