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The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

Everybody loves self-improvement. We want to get smarter, network better, be connected, balance our lives, and so on. That’s why we’re such avid consumers of “top 10” lists of things to do to be a more effective, productive, promotable, mindful — you name it — leader. We read all the lists, but we …


How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Delivering bad news is tough. It’s even harder when you don’t agree with the message or decision you’re communicating. Maybe you have to tell your star performer that HR turned down her request for a raise or to inform your team that the company doesn’t want them working …


The Implosion Of A Warren Buffett Wannabe

Sometimes, pretending to be the next Warren Buffett just doesn’t cut it. Investors eventually want to see actions and results befitting of comparison to the ‘Oracle of Omaha.’<p>In the case of Biglari Holdings, the holding company run by Buffett disciple Sardar Biglari, 37, there’s little evidence of …


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A Better Business Than Buffett's?

I just finished reading Warren Buffett’s 50th Annual Letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. His honesty and humility are nothing new to the business community. But these yearly missives remind us of the challenges we face. Buffett is not afraid to reveal mistakes and follies in his operations, …


How The Nation's Most-Awarded Restaurant Handles Extreme Customer Expectations

So you think <i>your</i> customers have high expectations, do you? Let me introduce you to perhaps the house of highest expectations in the world: The Inn At little Washington, a double five diamond–and Forbes 5 star–institution nestled in the absolute middle of nowhere in Virginia–in other words, about an …

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Why Market Research Matters

This story appears in the March 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>The first step in launching any successful business should be conducting research into prospective markets. Capturing and sifting through such data is Dionna McPhatter’s specialty. Before co-founding New York-based marketing firm …


10 British shares Warren Buffett should buy today

Want to be your own fund manager? Here's a brief guide to how it's done - and a recommendation on Britain's 10 best shares<p>Most investors prefer to leave stock picking to the professionals and, therefore, put their Isa money into funds rather than directly into shares.<p>But it is easier than ever to …


Warren Buffett Just Tweeted for the First Time in a Year

Warren Buffett, who boasts nearly a million Twitter followers even though he hasn’t used the micro-blogging site in a year, popped up in his followers’ feeds Thursday to help promote a new campaign from

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Warren Buffett is endorsing one of the hottest startups on the planet

And he's also giving major love to one of the hottest startups in the world: Airbnb.<p>For an investor who has traditionally shunned new technology plays, it is a surprise to hear Buffett talking this way.<p>Buffett — ever the penny-pinching CEO — extolled Airbnb for attendees of his annual conference, …


Warren Buffett's 23 Most Brilliant Insights About Investing

Buffett is undoubtedly the most successful investor in history. His investment philosophy is no secret, and he has repeatedly shared bits and pieces of it through a lifetime of quips and memorable quotes.<p>His brilliance is timeless, and we find ourselves referring back to them over and over again.<p>We …


30 Years Ago Warren Buffett Gave Away The Secret To Good Investing And Correctly Predicted No One Would Listen

In a speech at Columbia Business School, later adapted into an essay, Buffett introduced what he called, "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville."<p>Buffett writes:<p><b>"The common intellectual theme of the investors from Graham-and-Doddsville is this: they search for discrepancies between the value</b> …


The Proven Way to Retire Richer

Looking for more money for your retirement? Who isn't? This study reveals that there is one sure-fire way to get it.<p>Last June, the National Bureau of …


A Brief History Of Stephen Hawking

A new film tells the story of how the great scientist transformed the field of cosmology while fighting a degenerative disease.<p>Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists ever--comparable to Darwin, Einstein, and Newton. Yet few people know the story of his life. In a new biopic, <i>The Theory of</i> …