George Vlachodimitropoulos

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Steve Jobs Followed 7 Unbreakable Laws of Success That Apply to Any Business

Entrepreneurs should follow the Apple roadmap to set themselves apart.<p>When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the ABC News program <i>20/20</i> asked me to share some of the insights I gleaned from writing three books on Jobs and Apple. The seven rules I offered are still relevant today and helped to propel …

Apple Store

What almost everyone misunderstands about product managers

After more than a decade working in product across Google, Foursquare, and Slack, I still often struggle to define the role of “product manager” (PM) succinctly. Explaining what makes a PM great is even harder.<p>PMs have diverse backgrounds, murky responsibilities, and role definitions that vary …

Product Management

7 Growth Hacks to Take Your Company to the Next Level

If you really want to make your startup dreams come true, do these 7 things.<p>Only a tiny fraction of startup ideas turn into businesses that change the world. There are dozens of reasons most fail -- the most important of which are failing to solve an important enough customer problem, running out …

Startups

If You Want Power and Opportunity, Work On Your Persuasion Skills

There is a difference between those who go it alone and those who use persuasion to find opportunity.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you've ever tried to persuade someone to perform a task in your favor, you know about the power of persuasion. Persuasion can help you …

Self-improvement

The Top 6 DevOps Tools to Know in 2018

DevOps is more than a buzzword; it’s a culture in which the lines between the traditional roles of software development and operations …

DevOps

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for every Ecommerce business

As an established Ecommerce business, are you solely relying on your sales numbers to measure your overall success? To be able to improve your sales …

The 3 Most Important Slides In Your Pitch Deck

Each and every slide is important. Yet, if you only have time to really nail and improve on some of them before your next investor meeting, which ones do you focus on?<p>Decks seem to be shrinking. It’s perfectly acceptable to only have 10 slides in your deck. 20 is pushing the long side. While this …

Venture Capital

3 Reasons Leaders Should Be More Specific

Whether things at your company are going well or poorly, it's always a good time to get down to the nitty-gritty.<p>No matter who you are, what kind of company you run, or how long you've been doing it, you'll never make the right calls 100 percent of the time. The only way to avoid making any …

Lessons for new CEOs: Go big, go fast, or go home | Strategy & Corporate Finance

June 16, 2016 – How do you get off to a great start as a new CEO? There is no shortage of literature on the subject from seasoned executives, …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are 3 reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs …

Public Speaking

160-year-old insurance giant transforms into a digital business

For most of its 160 years, Northwestern Mutual had succeeded by using technology primarily to conduct its back-office functions, streamline its …

Innovation

4 Secrets to Get Your Team to Do More, Better, and Faster

Are your systems as powerful as they can be? Does your staff appreciate their value? Is system-building eating up your time? These 4 advanced tactics will change all that.<p>Over the past twenty-five years, my company, Maui Mastermind, has been coaching business owners on how they can build businesses …

Employment

Growth Doesn't Just Happen--You Need a Plan. Here Are 4 Ways to Succeed, According to an Expert

It's okay to take leaps if you know where you're jumping next.<p>Buzzwords don't become so overnight. While at a later point they can get overused they are always rooted in something initially or interminably relevant.<p>So when you hear the term "transformation" now what do you think? Is it how your …

The Single Most Important Attribute of Leadership According to this Famous CEO

They might call him "Neutron Jack," but his answer to the most important attribute of leadership will surprise you.<p>There are many successful CEOs we can learn from. Take Eric Schmidt growing Google, Howard Schultz scaling Starbucks, Bill McDermott taking SAP to the Cloud, and Jeff Bezos changing …

​8 Website Metrics You Should Be Learning From

Websites are like gardens. They need regular tending, nurturing and pruning. And just like you can look at a garden and see droopy plants that need …

Analytics

We're on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

It's better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late<p>One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book <i>Mapping Innovation</i> is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business …

I Asked 3 Successful Executives What it Takes to Be a Great Leader. Here's What They Said.

I asked three successful executives on how entrepreneurs can become stronger leaders. Here is what they said.<p>The rules of business have changed.<p>If Amazon can buy Whole Foods and change an industry seemingly overnight, how can you prepare your team to succeed in business?<p>These industry changes open …

6 new business insights from MIT Sloan Management Review

Encouraging employees to be unhappy, avoiding half-baked technology, and more from the magazine.<p>By Meredith Somers | March 30, 2018<p>In a recent study, …

This Study of 300,000 Leaders Revealed the Top 10 Traits for Success

According to leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, these are the skills that leaders need to succeed.<p>Leadership was once called by historian James MacGregor Burns "one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." Given the results of some recent …

How Can You Tell Someone Is a True Leader? Look for 1 Skill That Makes Most Bosses Cringe

This superhuman skill is foundational for effective communication.<p>Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of the modern servant-leadership movement, once said: "Don't assume, because you are intelligent, able, and well-motivated, that you are open to communication, that you know how to listen."<p>Is that an …

10 tips to supercharge your success

Last year I gave a seminar on “leadership presence” for the executive team of a high-tech company in Northern California. The next day, the president …

5 common pitfalls of CI/CD—and how to avoid them

Devops may be one of the haziest terms in software development, but most of us agree that five activities make devops what it is: continuous …

DevOps

Agile Failure Patterns in Organizations 2.0

TL;DR: Agile Failure Patterns — Why Agile is Simple and Complex at the Same TimeAgile failure seems to be increasingly more prominent nowadays …

The Top 10 Leadership Competencies

Managers, aspiring managers, and top-level leaders are all concerned with developing the competencies they need to become more effective leaders. …

Emotional Intelligence

15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read

There's something here for everyone, whatever your level of leadership.<p>Since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, the servant leadership movement has risen from obscurity to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and …

Leadership

Eight Ways Blockchain Will Impact The World Beyond Cryptocurrency

From banking and secure communications to healthcare and ride-sharing, blockchain will have a huge impact on our future. Of course, to understand how blockchain will change the world, you first need to understand how it works.<p>Have you ever purchased coffee or produce that is labeled as a fair trade …

MIT Just Discovered How to Get Employees to Pay Attention

Like everyone else, employees are drawn to this type of information.<p>What's the most difficult challenge organizations face in communicating with employees? Getting your people to pay attention to even the most relevant and important messages.<p>As one HR leader told me recently, "We work so hard to …

5 Reasons Data Scientists Should Adopt DevOps Practices

Enterprise software development teams have historically had trouble ensuring the code that runs well on a developer's machine also runs well in …

Big Data

Which Myers-Briggs Type Is The Best Leader? Only 1.8 Percent Of People Test As This Type

In this life, we're all just trying to get to know ourselves a little better. Self exploration is sought after through trips abroad and career …

10 Trends That Will Reshape Digital Marketing in 2018 and Beyond

AI will play a critical and ever increasing role in 2018 and beyond and marketers must invest and ride these trends effectively<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Today, digital trends seem …

Marketing