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From Unreasonable Clients To A Clearer Career Path: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s top leadership stories may help you let your clients down easy, chart a clearer career path, and conquer daily annoyances.

This week, we learned how to let clients down easy, had a look back at some of your favorite companies’ early pitch decks, and learned some more practical ways to chart a career path.

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Here are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of September 13.

1. Lessons From The Early Pitch Decks Of Airbnb, Buzzfeed, And YouTube

Before they were household names, those billion-dollar companies were just scrappy startups like any other. This week, we talked to a VC to find out if these pitches would get them funded today.

2. Five Career Questions To Ask Yourself Instead Of, “What’s My Passion?”

One of the most common ways young job seekers are taught to chart a career path is by asking themselves what they’re passionate about. But as career expert Allison Jones explained this week, “You need to think more concretely about your motivations, needs, skills, and what you’re willing to do–or give up–in order to find that great opportunity.”

3. Is This Tiny Thing Majorly Draining Your Productivity?

You know those small, daily irritations that seem to build up over the course of a bad day until they push you over the edge? Some coaching experts say they’re worth paying attention to. Here are five steps for getting ahead of those minor annoyances before they get the better of you.

4. Five Simple Ways To Be A Good Boss No Matter How Busy You Are

If you’re the head of your company or manage a large team, there are times when you simply can’t be as involved in your employees’ working lives as you’d like to be. This week, one CEO shared her top strategies for staying connected when the going gets tough.

5. How To (Gently) Crush Your Client’s Dreams

It’s true in every client-based industry that clients sometimes have unrealistic goals and expectations. As a business partner, it isn’t always easy to bring them back down to earth without harming your relationship. But it can be done–here’s how.

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