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Boosting Creativity Through Constraints

Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to boost a team’s creativity is to unshackle them from constraints. The less they have to worry about, the more open they’ll be with their ideas, the theory goes. Budget? Unlimited! Ideas from outside? Bring ’em on! Different business model? Consider it …

Why the Best Leaders Are Vulnerable | Inc.com

Vulnerability does not sound like the sort of topic that would get a bunch of entrepreneurs cheering. But that’s exactly what happened when Brene Brown addressed <i>Inc.’</i>s Leadership Forum on Tuesday.<p>In her talk, Brown, an author and researcher, took popular conceptions of vulnerability and upended …

Information Security

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers</i>.”<p>—Voltaire<p>Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?<p>A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue and then, with Zen Master timing, ask a question that will change the tenor, the focus and the …

Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce

I’m off to Chicago for #SHRM13 and am very excited to see everyone and for all the events. The topic most pressing on my mind today is the battle for young, emerging talent and how fierce the competition is these days in certain sectors. Companies that win it are the ones that will succeed in the …

8 Mobile Cloud Apps to Streamline Your Workflow | Inc.com

Working in the cloud can feel like you're disconnected from reality. You don't have a desk or an office, so even those minor accouterments of business (say, paper clips and a stapler) are not available.<p>Yet, the benefits of working in the cloud often outweigh this weightlessness: being able to write …

Apps

12 Counterintuitive Practices For Long-Term Success

Life is a complex combination of interactions, events, and relationships. We all chase “success,” but we struggle to define it. We all want true happiness, but we usually settle for the appearance of it. We all seek meaning, but we often succumb to doubt.<p>So how do we navigate this often-challenging …

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things | Inc.com

You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, days go by, then weeks, months--maybe even years--and you're still cranking out good. You've yet to design that unbelievable …

Webinars

3 Signs You're Meant to Be a Leader | Inc.com

Reading leadership literature (including this column), you'd sometimes think that it was written in the stars that everyone has the potential to be an effective leader.<p>I don't believe that to be true. In fact, I see way fewer truly effective leaders than I see people stuck in positions of …

Leadership

Feeling Stuck? 3 Simple Steps to Shake It Off | Inc.com

It happens all the time: you're trying to solve a tough problem and you get stuck. You rack your brain but the answer just won't come. Asking around doesn't help. Neither does the internet. Bummer.<p>We all know what that's like. It's damn frustrating. But when it happens to your career, it's far …

Motivation

Want More Creative and Productive Employees? Let Them Goof Off

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Graffiti artist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Erik Wahl teaches some of the world's largest companies how to goof off in the office. Wahl believes that many workplaces are too rigid and don't allow employees time for creative …

Webcam-Spying Pennsylvania High School Avoids Federal Charges

Remember that Lower Merion, PA high school’s webcam spying scandal? Well, federal prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against the school. That’s not to say they’ll escape scot-free, though.<p>Back in February, the affluent Lower Merion High School, located in the suburbs just …

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask--But Should | Inc.com

Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview: In theory, if you ask the right questions, you'll get answers that will give you insight into what the candidates really bring to the table.<p>The following companies use questions that …

Employment

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

The Entrepreneurial Paradox: What Got You Into Business Isn't The Best Way To Be Successful

<i>Some 30 years ago, I began work on my first book:</i> <i></i><b>Sweat Equity</b> <i>which profiled America’s best small companies.</i> <i>I thought it would be fun to go back and revisit some of the lessons that my co-author Geoffrey N. Smith and I came up with, the ones that have stood the test of time.</i> <i>Here, in the next part of</i> …

The Great Business Book Purge | Inc.com

Two weeks ago, I dumped more than 300 business books.<p>“Dumped” sounds harsh. The purge wasn’t as bloody as all that. Many were unbound galleys stamped with dire warnings not to quote, reproduce, or distribute. I’m very cautious about such matters (in accordance with the FBI’s no-exhibition rule I …

Entrepreneurship

7 Mistakes of Failed Startups

A great idea ensures startup success, right? Wrong.<p>No one enjoys hearing it, but three out of four startups will fail before they ever get to market. Yes, even the greatest ideas are still susceptible to ending up in the trash. As a startup founder, mentor, Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) member, …

Developing A Leadership Pipeline That Works

One lesson that you learn reasonably early in life is that if you need to be somewhere at a specific time, and you know roughly how long it will take to make the trip to your destination, it is important to begin the trip on time. No combination of speeding or looking for shortcuts enables you to …

Marissa Mayer’s 9 Principles of Innovation

Google’s VP of search products and user experience shares the rules that gives the search company its innovative edge.<p>1. INNOVATION, NOT INSTANT PERFECTION.<p>“There are two different types of programmers. Some like to code for months or even years, and hope they will have built the perfect product. …

How to Make Things Happen | Inc.com

Here's a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their new business through stages a I like to call "Early Struggle" into "Fun" with laser-like focus and a ruthless dedication to effective execution. The business succeeds and grows, until one day the management team …

Management

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business library.<p>Some of these books explain how technology has changed the strategy and tactics of …

Marketing

Culture and the Chief Executive

Illustration by Lars Leetaru<p>It is striking to see how many chief executives see their most important responsibility as being the leader of the …

Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Climate change seems like this complicated problem with a million pieces. But Henry Jacoby, an economist at MIT's business school, says there's really just one thing you need to do to solve the problem: Tax carbon emissions.<p>"If you let the economists write the legislation," Jacoby says, "it could …