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How Starbucks’s Culture Brings Its Strategy to Life

In most organizations, culture and strategy tend to be discussed in separate conversations. Executives know that culture is important and that a negative culture can hurt company performance, but they often don’t know what to do about it. Or they attempt to improve the situation by launching a …

18 habits of highly successful people

But that's probably not the case. While luck and genetics may play a role, there are certain learnable behaviors which make success more likely.<p>Over on Quora, there's a thread dedicated to sharing some of those learnable behaviors. We rounded up 11 intriguing ones below.<p>You'll notice that none of …

9 Ways to Make Your Customers Happy (Infographic)

Happy customers are a core component of a healthy, profitable company.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Customer satisfaction is vital to keeping your company afloat. Without customers, how would you make any money? Bad customer service can cost a business a lot. Just …

Tax-Efficient Portfolio Tips for High Income Earners | Investopedia

In 2016, a 20% tax on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains for taxpayers with taxable income over $466,950 ($415,050 for single filers) is …

Retirement

9 things your startup doesn’t need to reach $10 million in revenue

As an early stage entrepreneur, you’ll rarely be short of people offering their (often unsolicited) advice, and many of them will tell you that you can’t succeed as a startup without doing X, Y, and Z. Don’t listen to them. From my experience of bootstrapping a company to over $25 million ARR and …

Startups

The Secret Algorithm Behind Learning

<i>“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”</i> <br>― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book<p>I …

How This Entrepreneur Makes $150,000 a Month by Helping You Sell Online

Chase Bowers' Shopified App has become a go-to resource for online sellers. Here's how to replicate his success.<p>At first glance, Chase Bowers' success story might seem like an anomaly. In just a few months, he went from $0 in revenue to making more than $150,000 a month--all without leaving his …

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here's why.<p>---<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Business Strategy

There's money to be made in linking to Amazon

Like many tech publications, gadget review website the Wirecutter tests products and recommends which ones to buy. But unlike others in the tech press that rely on advertising or subscriptions, the Wirecutter earns money through hyperlinks.<p>Whenever readers click a link on the site and make a …

eCommerce

3 Tips the Self-Employed Can Use to Lower Their Taxes

Being self-employed offers significant upsides and downsides. You may be more in control of your own schedule and not have an annoying boss hovering around, but you may also face steeper taxes, such as by having to pay the employer portion of the Social Security tax as well as the worker portion. …

Retirement

Big Brands Are Enlisting Employees to Create an Army of Social Media Mavens

If you are a marketing chief, one of the best return-on-investment channels may actually include your colleagues. Increasingly, marketers are turning …

17 interview questions that are designed to trick you

One way they do this is by asking seemingly simple questions that get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal; queries that …

How an Analytics Mindset Changes Marketing Culture

The most significant culture shift today for marketing teams is adopting an analytical marketing approach. Change has been forced on us, due to the steady creation of new digital channels that have affected customer expectations. The problem is that while marketers are <i>thinking</i> differently about …

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2016

Job seekers, give yourself an edge with some modern touches.<p>“In today’s job market, your resume needs to immediately stand out,” says Dawn Bugni, a …

Instead of Creating an Overnight Success, Do This

The biggest most successful companies on the planet were not overnight successes. Here's what they did.<p>There is a misconception out there when it comes to entrepreneurship that all successful people "got lucky" or created an overnight success out of the blue.<p>In fact, one of the biggest companies on …

5 Stocks for building wealth after 50

I just read that billionaire Warren Buffett made 99% of his current wealth after his 50th birthday.<p>Imagine! At an age when most Americans give up hope, Buffett was just getting started on the fortune he controls today.<p>Buffett achieved this incredible feat by continuing to buy stocks <i>despite</i> his …

Investing

These are Chicago's most lucrative coding languages

It's no longer a secret — learning to code is now one of the most valuable career skills available.If you have even the slightest interest in …

Programming

John D. Rockefeller's Keys to Success | The Art of Manliness

By age 25 John D. Rockefeller controlled one of the largest oil refineries in the nation.<p>By age 31 he had become the world’s largest oil refiner.<p>By …

This Is the Right Answer to 'Tell Me About Yourself' in an Interview

Remember these guidelines during your next job interview.<p><i>What is the best way to describe yourself in an interview? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Jaime Petkanics, former recruiter,</b> …

Personal Finance: Here's Why You Should Get a 15-Year Mortgage

A 15-year mortgage can have you owning your home sooner and allow you to be mortgage-payment-free in retirement. Image source: Getty Images.<p>The biggest financial transaction that most of us ever enter into is a mortgage -- we might be borrowing several hundred thousand dollars in order to secure a …

Personal Finance

6 memorable leadership lessons from the financial giant J.P. Morgan

Today, John Pierpont Morgan is remembered as one of the greatest bankers in American history. In his time, he was called the "Jupiter of Wall Street."<p>He was born into the Morgan banking dynasty in 1837. Throughout the Progressive Era, he dominated the corporate world. Morgan founded the banking …

How to start investing if you have $1,000 or less

There are plenty of benefits to having cash in the bank.<p>But after you have paid off most of your debt and your emergency fund is set, investing some of your money can increase the chances that it will grow over time.<p>In a period when interest rates on savings accounts are near zero, taking some risk …

Retirement

Steve Jobs talks marketing strategy in an internal NeXT video (1991)

Steve Jobs recorded this first of many ‘Chalk Talk” video targeted at NeXT’s internal marketing/sales staff. HIGHLIGHTS: <br>01:00. Target market <br>07:30. …

Use This Free Worksheet to Budget Your Income and Necessities

Create a Budget for Your Income and Necessities<p>Compare your income to the cost of things you need<p>Updated March 26, 2018<p>Income is all the money you …

Personal Finance

School [Professional Development] vs. Learning

When I first looked at this picture, naturally I thought about it from the perspective of teacher and student. Things on the left represent how a …

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5 Ways to Tell Your Story So People Actually Care

One of the most common challenges I hear from business leaders and marketers is this: “We have a hard time telling our story”. They have a desire to …

10 Success lessons from Peter Thiel – “PayPal Founder, Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share15<p>Tweet<p>Share37<p>+11<p>Shares 53<p>Peter Thiel is a silicon valley entrepreneur who founded two multi billion dollar companies, PayPal and Palantir. As a …

Startups

Why Do Businesses Benefit From Life Insurance on Employees? | Investopedia

Buying life insurance on a key employee to protect the business against the loss of that employee is widely accepted as a legitimate business …