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How Small-Business Owners Can Use Blockchain And Big Data For Bigger Profits

According to a 2014 EY report, big data is changing the way businesses operate and outpace competitors. However, technology, or the lack of, has been an issue for the effective use of big data.<p>“While the ability to capture and store vast amounts of data has grown at an unprecedented rate, the …

5 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Try these simple tips to increase your productivity--get more done in less time.<p>Time is money.<p>It's the one asset that we are all given each and every day. Yet many of us find it slips away so easily.<p>What can you <i>really</i> do to make better use of your time? The solution may be easier than you think. We …

15 Motivational Quotes From Legends in Sports

The world of sports is a lot like business. There's training. Competition. Wins and losses. Passion. Hard work. Shall I go on?<p>Just as an aspiring baseball or basketball player could find inspiration from successful business leaders, entrepreneurs can draw motivation from the world's hardest working …

Motivation

Jessica Alba's Most Inspiring Quotes About Success

Jessica Alba has made the move from award-winning actress to super-successful entrepreneur. Learn from her powerful words.<p>Most everyone knows Jessica Alba as a Golden Globe-nominated film and television actress, but more recently, Jessica has been making her mark in business. Co-founder of The …

20 Ancient Quotes To Inspire You When You Need A Kick In The Ass

By Peter Burns,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1vCsKwf<p>Many people today lead hard lives, full of stress, worry, and unfulfilled dreams. However when …

How to Change Your Employees' Bad Habits

Research shows that conventional coaching doesn't work to change employee behavior. Find out what you're doing wrong.<p>How are your attempts to coach your employees going? Are you willing to bet that the employees will successfully change a bad or destructive habit?<p>Joseph Grenny, a co-founder of …

Employment

Building a Sales Team? Avoid These 10 Deadly Mistakes

Hubspot's CRO, Mark Roberge, shares his experience in building the HubSpot sales team from $0 to $100M.<p>Sales is the lifeblood of any business. Beating the plan yields optimism. Missing the number could mean a scramble for survival. Without sales, your business literally has nothing.<p>For this reason, …

Compensation

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

Likability is more teachable than you might think.<p>Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few--the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It's easy to fall prey to this …

Self-improvement

How to Write a Compelling Executive Summary

In most companies, decisions are made based on executive summaries. Here's how to write one that will generate the right decision.<p>Other than business plans, executive summaries are probably the most crucial of all business documents. It's fair to say that almost every big decision inside any …

Management

Perform Powerful Personalized Marketing in 4 Easy Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The phrase <i></i>personalized marketing <i></i>is everywhere and becoming a popular goal. Whether it’s called omnichannel, targeted or 1-to-1 marketing, it means the same thing: delivering customized and timely offers and content to customers.<p>It's no …

Marketing

7 Habits of Highly Successful People

Anyone can become a success by adopting these very simple, but powerful habits.<p>There's something special about highly successful people. They might look like everyone else, but they think and act differently. They set big goals for themselves, and they consistently accomplish them. And if they fail …

8 Skills Every Great Leader Must Master

No one said that leadership is easy--it's not. But by mastering the skills of great leadership, you can be much more successful.<p>No one said that being a leader is easy. In fact, it can be quite a challenge--even for the smartest and most-accomplished among us. While some make leadership look easy, …

Boost Your Business in One Hour a Week – Three Tips

Understanding that time is not unlimited, here are three things you can do every week - less than an hour total - that can help you be a better, stronger business leader.<p>Most entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed by what they have to do and squeezed by the amount of time available to do it. Yet most of …

7 Things Successful People Always Do Before Breakfast

Getting big things done before you leave for the office in the morning can put you one step closer to the success you desire.<p>The last time I checked, there are still only 24 hours in a day. One thing really successful people do is to squeeze the most out of those 24 hours as they can. For most of …

5 Forward-Looking Ideas To Help You Be A More Effective Leader In 2015

The beginning of the year is a time to take one’s eye off the rear view mirror and look ahead. People want to follow leaders who are confident and optimistic – not weighed down by the past but moving forward. With that in mind, here are 5 forward-looking ideas to help you be a more effective leader …

40 Things to Leave Behind in 2015

Photo: Getty Images<p>As yet another year comes to a close, and the initial giddy appeal of social media continues to cool, let's take a minute to descale the kettle of clichés and boil off the lingering herd words, expressions, and gestures that have been building up since we did this last year. Here …

9 Quotes to Inspire Great Team Productivity

From making a day go by quicker to helping you stand out as an all-star employee or manager, productivity is going to play a big part in the workplace.<p>From making a day go by quicker to helping you stand out as an all-star employee or manager, productivity is going to play a big part in the …

6Â Ways to Develop a More Positive Work Culture in 2015

A lifelong entrepreneur shares his secrets to building a more productive work environment.<p>Cultivating a happy and healthy work environment is vital to the success of any business--and even more important is developing a sense of community. With the dawn of 2015, it's a terrific opportunity to look …

Chart Goals to Create a Road Map to Your Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article previously ran on Dec. 25, 2014.</i><p>Many people suffer from being rational dreamers. They want to achieve a big dream but hold themselves back by being risk averse. They don't want to disrupt the status quo and play things …

Goal Setting

3 Reasons Why You Must Give Your Customers Deadlines

Is it taking too long to close a sale? Start using deadlines.<p>"Let me have a little more time to think about this." 3 weeks go by and then you hear back with, "Sorry, we need more time." 3 more weeks pass and you get hit with "We're still interested, but we aren't ready to make a decision yet. Can …

Customers

The Only Interview Question That Matters

This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.<p>Last week, LinkedIn announced to the world that I've been in the recruiting industry for 36 years. During that time, I've written a number of books about talent challenges and …

10 Ways You're Already a Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have the inspiring words from your mission statement become buried deep beneath the profit and loss statement?<p>It’s easy for success to become shallow. When our compass points only to the dollar sign, and life is all about the bottom line, …

Profit

15 Ways to Become a Better Person

Life is a journey and becoming better every day is the goal.<p>"Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you." --Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>We've all made mistakes throughout our lives that haven't exactly put us in the best light--like bullying someone in school or telling what seemed like a …

17 Little Things Attractive Girls Do Differently

By Jason Motta,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1ktIc8C<p>1. They are happier<p>There is a difference in temperament between regular girls and attractive …

5 Insanely Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Believe it or not, successful people have bad days, too. The difference is they don’t let their feelings dictate their actions. Remembering that emotions are temporary, they have a singular focus -- to serve a larger vision.<p>In order to …

Motivation

The 7 Books Every Spiritual Person Needs to Read

We all want to lead more meaningful lives. Discover the profound texts that inspired Phil Jackson, coauthor of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. …

Books

Gratitude In Business: The Appreciation That Inspires Employees

Of every kind of gratitude that matters in business, one of the most vital is a company’s appreciation for its great employees. Even more than money, an environment of gratitude, the opportunity to serve with great leaders and genuine appreciation inspires employees to engage fully and to produce …

How to Make Positive Thinking Really Work for You

This one trick can turn a good tactic into a great one.<p>It's clear that, when used properly, negativity can help you succeed and that positive thinking can be a trap.<p>That's not to suggest positive thinking is a waste of time. If you literally expected to fail every time you started a venture, …

How to Stop Being a Micromanager

Here are some signs that you may be micromanaging too much, and techniques for letting go.<p>Ask anyone and they'll tell you that nobody likes a micromanager. Yes, micromanaging may get the job done, but it negatively impacts a team and wears out the manager.<p>The problem is that not everyone is …

6 Secrets to Success Only Early Birds Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Ilya Pozin, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>It’s been proven time and time again that the most successful people tend to be early risers. The person you spy out your window going for an early morning jog …

Time Management