Profiling John Oliver – Beth Kelly


This is a guest post from Beth Kelly, who is a freelance writer and blogger. Born and raised in Michigan, she moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University where she graduated in 2011. She lived in Krakow, Poland briefly before moving to South Korea to teach English. She writes most frequently on health and technology topics. You can follow her on Twitter @bkelly_88.

Best known to American audiences for his own HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and his earlier contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, John Oliver is an Englishman with equal flair for comedy and political punditry. Oliver’s claim to fame extends to popular podcasts and radio broadcasts as well, including Political Animal, The Department and The Bugle. He made his public debut at Edinburgh’s annual Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts festival – in 2001 as part of a showcase of new comedy acts. Oliver’s infectious appeal is largely a result of his skillful comedic handling of “real world” issues – problems that normal people face on a daily basis, but rarely see depicted in mainstream news media.

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How to Use Delegating As a Leadership Tool – Ott Jõgi


This is a guest post from Ott Jõgi. He is currently working as a Marketing Manager at a start-up called Weekdone, an employee progress reporting platform. He is passionate about time-management and productivity, so he’s especially pleased that he has the chance to introduce managers to smart time-saving tools.

You will always have more tasks to finish, and more details that need your attention. To achieve success, you must know what is important and needs your personal touch, and also what you can be delegating to others, or to computers. Entrepreneurs and individuals in management should understand their strengths, so that they can build strategies to maximize them. On the other hand, they should also know what their weaknesses are, so they can begin delegating them immediately. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses increases the probability that they will build something of significance that creates millions or even billions of dollars of value, says Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup.

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Do Your Rounds: A Fun and Proactive Approach to Relationship Building – Andre Castillo


The image above shows me “doing rounds” in the Middle East back in 2005. It’s how I learned how to speak Arabic. It’s also how I quickly developed one of the largest professional networks in my job despite having been one of the youngest and least experienced members in a half-billion-person large organization. Because of my strong network of relationships, I was quickly seen as a leader among my peers, which enabled me to lead large, prestigious initiatives far sooner than anyone had imagined — while being as many as three decades younger than those I led.

Focusing on relationship building is how I did it.

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