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3 critical communication mistakes great leaders don't make

If you look at any workplace issue, at the root you see a communication problem, which affects workplace relationships.<p>Leaders rely on critical communication skills to resolve conflict, increase effectiveness, initiate difficult conversations, and keep everyone focused on the end result.<p>Leaders …

The crossover is (almost) over: Public-market investors bail on tech startups

Historically, mature private companies relied on “growth” or late-stage venture firms for their last round, or rounds, before filing for IPO. That ecosystem has been disrupted over the last few years as large public market focused investors entered the space. But just as the big money players …

10 Ways Startups Can Reduce Their Expenses in 2016

In order to realize profit, generate revenues, and stay efficient, startups need to learn how to manage their expenses.

Startups

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Template | Inc.com

Creating a business plan is the first and most crucial step to building a successful company.<p>"A business plan is important because it communicates to everyone involved in the organization what the goals are, and how management plans to get there," says Drew Starbird, a professor of operations …

The Secret of Million-Dollar Brands Is Their Cult-Like Following

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about some of the world’s greatest brands and most successful entrepreneurs, they all have one thing in common -- a cult-like following. When Apple releases a new iPhone, there are people lined up for days outside of Apple …

Why the most successful people aren't afraid to promote themselves

We don't want to expose ourselves to potential criticism, so we mask our self-protection with a demure (and often proud!), "Oh, me? I'm just not very comfortable with promoting myself."<p>Congratulations, your less competent colleague is about to take your promotion.<p>I have identified the top five …

6 Easy Tools to Start Your Business Today

Thanks to steadily diminishing middle class wages and recent advances in technology, more individuals than ever are setting out on their own to become freelancers or start their own business.<p>Those who are embarking on this path understand that it is their greatest chance of acquiring wealth and …

12 Business Ideas You Can Start Working on Right Now

Ready to become an entrepreneur, but lacking a great idea? We've got a dozen of the best.<p>You've got the itch. You're fed up with your day job. You're totally self-motivated and willing to work a ton. You don't mind taking a little risk if it could lead to something great. You can network like a …

If the Stock Market Is Making You Nervous, Here's Where to Put Your Money

Smart ways to invest over the long haul, despite recent market jitters.<p>The start of this year wasn't an ideal advertisement for investing in the stock market, with worries over oil prices and the global economy sparking prolonged selloffs. But investing is still a great way to boost your wealth …

Opinion: 10 U.S. companies that threw away money on buybacks

There has been a lot of coverage lately over whether stock buybacks are beneficial to investors.<p>First, let’s recap why companies repurchase their own …

Personal Finance Expert Farnoosh Torabi Has 5 Tips For Business Owners | Inc.com

Farnoosh Torabi, the award-winning personal finance journalist and author of <i>When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women</i>, says the future is made or broken by your relationship to money. "It's a hard truth to realize, that the only way to control your destiny is to be more in charge of your …

How to Choose a Business Model That Actually Makes Money

Figuring out the right business model means making a difference, not making widgets.<p>Nearly 20 years ago, as a reporter at <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> covering the travel industry, I encountered a particular species of entrepreneur: guys with a niche. These were guys--always guys, for some reason--who …

This Is the Most Effective Way to Get Whiter Teeth

Celebrity dentist Dr. Kevin Sands talks whitening strips, charcoal, and in-office treatments.<p>Want to know how to get whiter teeth by tonight, and with more time, what the safest, gentlest, and most effective approach for white teeth all year long is? <b></b>No one knows good smiles like Dr. Kevin Sands, …

Autofocusing contact lenses? Today's chip research peeks into tomorrow's gadgets

The Imec research center in Belgium advances chip technology for solar panels, health care, agriculture, wearable computers and more.<p>In the 1960s, about the only place you'd see a computer chip was in a mainframe the size of a refrigerator. Today, chips are in car keys, passports, toothbrushes, …

The #1 Way To Have a Happier, Longer Life

Who wants to live a happy, healthy, long life? Yeah, everybody. Turns out an incredible amount of scientific evidence points to one simple …

Make 4 changes to your morning routine for a more productive day

You reach for your Instagram, scroll through your inbox, and as soon as your feet hit the floor, you're already in battle mode for the busy day ahead.<p>Sound familiar?<p>We've all been there, but if you have a tendency to hit the ground running in the morning, it might be time to slow things down.<p>Taking …

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your thoughts, moods, and behaviour. And according to a new study from researchers at University College Cork, your gut microbes might affect the structure and function …

Neuroscience

New Research Shows Why Focus On Teams, Not Just Leaders, Is Key To Business Performance

Deloitte just launched a study of people challenges in business, Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016, and the results were striking. Among the 7,000+ companies who responded (in over 130 countries), the #1 issue on leaders minds is “how to redesign our organizational structure” to meet the demands …

Human Resources

4 Social Media Sites Small Businesses Should Use More Often

This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’ve likely already tapped into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest to push your brand. Sure, these networks work great, but there are others out there that can …

Content Marketing Is the Future of Online Marketing

“How do I get new customers?” This age-old question is never an easy one to answer. With a plethora of options available – digital, print, referral, …

9 Steps to Effective Startup Marketing on Day 1

You have your product, you know everything about it, and you’re ready to get it to market. There is just one issue: you have no idea how to …

3 steps needed to bridge the gap between advanced machine learning and real-world marketing

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Boomtrain.</i><p>Whether we realize it or not, machine learning is already a part of our everyday lives. Think about a simple Google search, a quick query to Apple’s Siri, an afternoon visit to Facebook, or, of course, a great product recommendation on Amazon.<p>As the …

SMEs and big business – sharing strategies

• 01 April 2016<br>• 478 views<p>Strategy isn’t just for big businesses – it’s vital for SMEs too. And there’s plenty the big players can learn from their …

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How to Manage People in 15 Minutes a Day - Business, Management and Leadership Ideas

It’s how you lead, not how much, that counts. Want to have maximum impact in minimum time? Use what I call the 3.1% Coach method. Limit your …

Owning a Restaurant: Choosing a Location

As I continue to advise you on your restaurant startup, you’ll notice that all the steps are leading towards the important step of writing your …

The Overlooked Competency that Takes Down Start ups

• Bio<br>• Twitter<br>• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• LinkedIn<br>• YouTube<br>• Latest Posts<p>Runa Bouius<p>CEO at Runa Bouius Consulting<p>Runa Bouius is an accomplished serial entrepreneur from …

Convincing Your Boss to Make You a Manager

Are you, or is someone you know, an individual contributor who wants to move into a management role, either with your current organization or a new one? But, how can you sell yourself as a manager when you’ve never actually been one?<p>The basic fact is that <i>every</i> manager originally lacked professional …