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Mistakes Every New Leader Makes

Author: Herb Kimble.

Every day new leaders are forged, they make the same blunders. Time after time to the point where many of these mistakes are just old news. If you can learn from these beginner stumbles, you’re already a leg ahead of your peers.

The Molehill Problem

There’s an old saying that one shouldn’t make mountains out of molehills, meaning to avoid making a big deal out of a small problem. Leadership is hard and roadblocks can feel like a challenge to overcome. The role of a leader carries the burden of overcoming those obstacles.

The molehill mindset leads to explosive conflicts over virtually every minor detail. Most of these conflicts will not impact the product or the end result in any way, but they kill productivity and morale. If you find yourself escalating problems frequently, focus on improving your problem-solving skills and create conditions that lead to success.

Trying Too Hard

A new leader is tasked with overcoming odds to deliver, and that can easily manifest itself in a lack of trust. Leadership that tries too hard also tends to be too critical and may create toxicity in the workplace. This type of leader means well, but often stresses over their own insecurities projected onto the end result.

It’s possible that you really do know what’s best in every dispute, but not likely. It’s conceivable that others on your team can participate and bring good ideas to the table, maybe not the right ones but ones that lead you on the right path. Don’t be a dictator.

Bio: Herb Kimble is both an entrepreneur and a film and television producer. His roots as an accomplished actor gave him a passion for the arts. Today, Herb Kimble is co-founder of CineFocus Productions and launching Urban Flix, an inclusive streaming company based in Los Angeles.

Basic skills for starting or running your own business

entrepreneurshipArticle Written by : Scrumpy Jack

Experienced managers and CEO’s will tell you that in order to start your own business you will need to have or acquire a range of skills. This is even more important for startups. The smaller headcounts mean that a lot of the work is done by the founder. Here are a few of the skills you will need to master:

Project management

Being an efficient project manager will be very important. The basic gist is to achieve a specific goal or outcome while making the maximum use of resources available and delivering on schedule. There are courses on project management which will speed up the process. In addition tools like Trello offer app based prject management for small businesses.

Accountancy

A lot of founders develop a decent head for numbers before the business is run. In order to raise funds and convince investors, profit, loss and other projections all need to be done. However, once the business is up and running that knowledge needs to extend to maintaining and monitoring the books.

Leadership

As a business owner or founder, leadership is a skill you will need to ensure success. The ability to motivate and improve the productivity of your workforce will affect your chances of success. Leadership comes naturally to some, but even for those it does

Presentation

There will be a lot of presentations. The better the presentations the higher chances of convincing investors to get on board. Your presentation skills say more about you than the items presenting so it is important to master this skills before any other.