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Brace yourself: Labor Day traffic will be the worst since 2008

Buckle up, and make yourself (and your kids) comfortable.<p>Traffic this Labor Day weekend is likely to move at an even slower pace than it did last …

Labor Day

Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options

<i>In this adaptation from the new book, Your Strategy Needs a Strategy (HBR Press, 2015), BCG strategy experts make sense of the all the different, and competing, approaches to strategy: Which strategy is right for your business? When and how should you implement it? The practical tool offered here</i> …

You Need an Innovation Strategy

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and …

100-Plus Awesome Free Things for Salespeople and Marketers

More than 100 hundred free college courses, training videos, e-books, tools, and apps to help you market and sell more successfully.<p>One of Guy Kawasaki's "reality checks" for entrepreneurs is the question "What can we beg, borrow, or lease that we are buying?" However, as evidenced by Kawasaki's …

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

Use Your Staff Meeting for Peer-to-Peer Coaching

One of the unintended consequences of the constant right-sizing and flattening of our organizations is that we now live in a world where managers just don’t have time to do all that’s required of them in their daily jobs, let alone find time for coaching their employees.<p>Yet coaching is a critical …

Peer-to-peer

Why SEO Is Much Easier Than You Think

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Search-engine optimization (SEO) has gone through a series of evolutions over the years. Older tactics, which focused on keyword-based optimization and black-hat practices, have become obsolete, and modern strategies, which focus on user …

Black Hat

Why Your Customers’ Social Identities Matter

Why don’t customers do what they say they’ll do? Consider the experience of the home appliance manufacturer Electrolux. On the basis of its customer feedback, it once contemplated offering free washing machines and using smart technology inside them to charge customers by the wash.<p>In prelaunch …

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong — and I don’t just mean the banal error of trading business cards at a …

How to Keep Your Team Motivated

As a manager, motivating employees is one of the most important things you do for your company. After all, engagement is linked to firm profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee retention. Yet garnering loyalty and commitment from employees can be a challenge.<p>Recently, HBR ran a series on …

4 Success Strategies I Took From the NFL to My Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If football taught me anything about business, it’s that you win the game one play at a time. It’s an analogy I’ve used in the past. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, I face many of the same challenges I did on the field and I …

Business Strategy

4 Hacks for Writing an Article That Sounds Genius (And Actually Is)

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>These days, if you’re not writing great quality content, you’re sunk. Your readers are smart people. They deserve content that is well-researched, highly informative, and worth their time.<p>You may not be a genius, but your writing needs to sound like …

Google Scholar

29 Eye-Tracking Heatmaps Reveal Where People Really Look

They say the eyes tell all. Now thanks to eye-tracking technology we can tell what they're saying. Tracking eye movements can give us fascinating insights into advertising and design and reveal a few things about human tendencies.<p>We've picked out some of our favorites below:<p><i>A few of these images</i> …

Eye Tracking

How to Determine What You Should Charge Customers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>How much should I ask for</i>? Especially in the early days of your business, that’s the most stressful question. Demand too much and you might drive potential customers away. Ask too little and you’ll dig yourself into a hole with razor-thin …

Business Strategy

Stuck? 5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Gain a Fresh Perspective.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Innovation is important to entrepreneurs, whether they are starting a new venture or expanding an existing business, as a new or improved product can provide a competitive edge.<p>Innovations may include a completely new product or improving …

Innovation

The 5 Most Common Investor Mistakes

When investing, the stakes are alarmingly real: If we screw it up, we lose money.<p>In his book "The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes And How To Avoid Them," Peter Mallouk outlines some of the most common investor errors he's seen over the course of his career as a wealth manager.<p>His firm, Creative …

Investing

Are You Really Listening to Your Customers?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I attended a panel discussion "Engagement: The Key to Winning" during this week's Advertisingweek conference in New York City. My friend Jeffrey Hayzlett was guiding a discussion about what could be considered real customer engagement. He …

Customers

11 Quotes That Illustrate The Strange, Relentless Genius Of Alibaba Founder Jack Ma

At its helm is founder Jack Ma, a charismatic leader who started the company with 18 friends out of his small apartment in 1999. Although Ma is no longer CEO of Alibaba, he's still the face of the company.<p>Ma has succeeded because he is relentless, and some of his more memorable quotes — "Today is …

China

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Click to Enlarge+<p>My first college business professor was a fanatical Peter Drucker devotee.<p>He launched our course with a dissection of Drucker's <i>The Effective Executive</i> and concluded with a thorough reading of <i>The Practice of …

Management

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Next Meeting Memorably Effective

I don’t know about you, but I love meetings. They’re always accurate, never late, and cover just enough information to be informative and not to waste anybody’s time.<p>Yeah, right.<p>Meetings are, more often than not, a pain point; a source of stress, heartburn, angst, and disgust all neatly packed into …

The Simple Secret to Making an Instant Connection With Everyone You Meet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” - Diogenes Laërtius</i><p>Two months ago, I was in Munich missing a plane for Paris.<p>Arriving minutes before the gate would close on me, panicking inside, I …

Self-improvement

More Than $2 Trillion Is Locked Up In Late Payments And This Guy Believes He Can Solve It

There, he was asked to keep track of the government's 25,000-plus suppliers, who were sending over 15 million invoices every year. Because most invoices were — and still are, in a lot of companies — paper-based and mailed to buyers, it was extremely difficult to manage invoices and collect payments.<p>…

How to find a techie co-founder for your startup

I’m not a tech guy, but even before I knew what a startup was I wanted to make one. Finding tech co-founders has been the biggest challenge for me in building one. Over the course of three years, I’ve made countless mistakes and wasted a lot of time.<p>But I did manage to build an awesome team of …

How to Create a Ridiculously Interesting Magazine (In Four Steps or Maybe Less)

MagMaker / July 16, 2014<p>It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a blog, sharing photos, posting social updates, or curating a magazine on Flipboard: if …

Social Media

Wall Street CEO Gives His Employees 10 Life Lessons He Wants Them All To Learn This Summer

The lessons are in the form of an imagined summer reading list. The books he lists are made-up, but within each title is a lesson he wants everyone to learn.<p>Here's the email he sent to his employees:<p>In keeping with our strong desire to maintain maximum focus and momentum in August and into our …

20 Ways To Get Your Kimchi Fix

We have a giant, soft, garlicky spot in our hearts for Korean recipes, especially when there's kimchi involved. This fermented cabbage pickle ranges from sour to salty, funky to fiery and mellow to all-out stinky.<p>Kimchi is more than having a renaissance right now. It is turning up all over the …

How to Help an Underperformer

As a manager, you can’t accept underperformance. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, and it can demoralize the other people on your team. But what do you do about an employee who isn’t performing up to snuff? How do you help turn around the problematic behavior? And how long do you let it go on …