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4 Keys to Building an Authentic Brand Customers Can Fall in Love With Again and Again

The more real you are, the bigger your business can be.<p>Right now, there are as many as 27 million businesses operating around the world. And let's not mince words. Many of them are willing to fib, fudge and lie to get our attention.<p>Lisa Lillien, founder of multimedia, guilt-free food-focused brand …


7 Brilliant Company Culture Principles You Can Learn From a Beer Company

This should be one of the most important goals for your organization in 2018.<p>With the amount of research that's come out on the topic over the past few years, the argument is hard to refute -- your company'sculture is a big deal. According to Deloitte, "There are few factors that contribute more to …


Study: You Will Need This Top Job Skill to Succeed in the Age of Robots by 2020

World Economic Forum's "Future of Jobs Report" reveals the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020.<p>Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its <i>Future of Jobs Report</i>, forecasting thetop 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020, according to global chief human …


7 Corporate Gift Ideas That'll Make You Unforgettable

A good deed (and a great gift) remain unforgettable.<p>In 1985, one of the poorest countries in the world became known as one of the most generous. Despite nearly 50% of its population living below the poverty line the Ethiopian Red Cross sent $5,000 to Mexico for humanitarian aid. Our …

How This Billion-Dollar Company Was Born Out of an Apartment Bathroom

Dollar Shave Club's founder Michael Dubin was frustrated by his experience with shaving products and decided to create his own.

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3 Reasons Black Friday Makes People Crazy

It's not about wants. It's about needs.<p>It's no secret that "Black Friday" is an invention designed to drive consumer behavior. Retailers and consumer brands deploy discounts and promotional tactics that ultimately bring out the worst of humankind. Our society literally stops to allow for merciless …

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Why the CEO of Zumba Went from Tech Leader to Dance Entrepreneur

Zumba Fitness CEO, Alberto Perlman, talks about how he first met his co-founder Alberto Perez and how they came up to with the idea to sell fitness videos.


How To Quit the Toxic Behavior of Saying but Not Doing

Saying and doing are two totally different things, don't fool yourself.<p>You've made a big decision, whether it's to attend law school, run a marathon, finally start your own business or to buy a house, and you're proud of yourself. In your mind, you've already passed the bar exam, crossed the finish …


17 Hottest Holiday Toys of All Time

From robotic hamsters to pet rocks, here are the toys that every kid just had to have.


365 Days a Year, Christmas Is Big Business in These 3 Tiny Towns

These three towns have turned the holiday spirit in their DNA into commercial opportunity.<p>Christmas towns are celebrated for their celebrations. These cities and villages span the nation, from Ogden, Utah to McAdenville, North Carolina (which every season changes its name to "Christmas Town USA"). …


Powerful Networking Tips for Introverts and Shy People

You don't need to be naturally outgoing to forge useful professional connections.


Hollywoods Culture of Mindlessness: The number one way a business culture can fail

What the business sector can learn from the mindless culture of Hollywood and the downfall of some of it's biggest stars.<p>The flood of women coming forward in recent weeks to tell their stories of "Me Too" has shed a light on the fact that it's not only Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, and Hollywood but …


What Do You Do When You Just Don't Feel Grateful?

Sometimes you just don't want to count your blessings, even when you know you should.<p>Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. But sometimes life leaves you feeling very un-thankful. That's how it's been for me this year, until a few days ago.<p>When I was a kid and would gripe about things that were …

20 Changes Facebook Predicts For 2020: People, Technology, Commerce

Mobile at the center, WeChat-ization of apps into platforms, and multisensory multipliers like augmented and virtual reality.<p>There is probably no organization on the planet with a better understanding of what people are doing and thinking today than Facebook.<p>Two billion global users is …


This Coffee Shop's Ad Is the Worst Example Of Emotional Intelligence You'll See This Week

Oh, this was supposed to be funny.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Coffee shops have come to symbolize a certain modern sophistication in recent times.<p>Ever since Americans learned words such as <i>Vente</i>, <i>Grande</i> and <i>Frappuccino</i>, they …


Want to Get Funding for Your Startup? Make Sure You Answer These 5 Questions

Investors care about your idea and your vision, but they need to know more in order to invest.<p>I've said it before, and I will say it again: an investor presentation is not a presentation about your product, its features and how amazing it is. Yes, investors care about what you do, your big idea, …


How To Transition From Outsourced Development Team To In-House

There are a number of options when transitioning from a completely outsourced engineering team to an in-house one. Before you pick one, address some of these areas.<p>As a non-technical founder of a tech business, your journey would have started by outsourcing the complete software development to an …


Best Black Friday Deal Roundup: These Stores Are Giving 40% Off The Entire Site (or More)

These deals are sweeter than the sweet potato casserole you're bringing to Thanksgiving dinner.<p>The Black Friday deals are actually here, folks. Before you dive into some Thanksgiving meal(s), consider nabbing yourself some really sweet discounts. I'm not just talking any discount, but the kind of …

A Thanksgiving Reflection on the Current Upheaval

From #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, to the renewable energy revolution, to political turbulence, welcome to the Great Transition.<p>These are momentous times. Who would have guessed that women speaking out on sexual harassment would trigger such a sweeping denouncement of the abuse of power? That the …

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4 Ways Growth Leaders are Different (and How to Become More Like Them)

Leaders that drive exponential growth exhibit similar behavior patterns.<p>Most CEOs steward their businesses, they maintain shareholder value and are satisfied to pass them on steady and intact to their successors. Growth leaders are different.<p>Often mavericks, they are unconstrained by the status quo …


Mastering This 1 Trait Will Attract Mentors (and Accelerate Your Professional Growth)

Be humble, curious, and courageous.<p>American culture worships the individual. We have all heard stories--even when we were children--about "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps," and the importance of hard work, patience, and perseverance.<p>I remember being young. And in my privileged middle class …

The Two Types of People Who Lie on Their Resumes

Multiple market pressures and negative perceptions are fueling the growing trend toward dishonesty.<p>Authenticity--that is, truthfulness or showing who you really are--is more important in business than ever. That's because, setting aside the <i>customer</i> demand for good ethics for a moment, business …


13 Remarkably Inspiring Quotes on Greatness in the Workplace

Words to live, work and lead by from those who have lived a life of greatness, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, J.K. Rowling, Zane Grey, and others.<p>Regardless of how many Nike ads you may have absorbed thus far in your life, "Greatness" does not have to be reserved for the athletic …

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Why Successful People Manage Their Energy Above All Else

If you find yourself drowning in never ending sticky notes and flagged emails, taking your focus off time management may be the solution to increased productivity.<p>There are only so many time management techniques we can exercise before we come to realize that they may all be failing us. Even Maura …

Time Management

Borrowing Money Should be a Last Resort Not a First Response

But it rarely is.<p>Over the years I've met many business owners who are in some form of financial grief. They are totally convinced that all of their problems will be solved if they just get more money. Because of this they borrow, often at ridiculous rates, going deeper into debt. Their short term …


The Most Successful People Stop Doing These 5 Things

Researchers say to build better habits you absolutely need to stop doing these few things.<p>According to researchers at Duke University, up to 40% of our behaviors on any given day are driven by habit.<p>That's half your life spent on autopilot. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you've put in the …


3 Leadership Tactics To Help Transcend Triggers and Stay Centered This Holiday Season

How to decompress and set new patterns for the holidays and beyond<p>The holiday season has arrived and it with it comes boundless potential for anxiety and conflict. Family, colleagues, friends, retailers...everyone seems in a heightened state of stress. Are holiday meltdowns inevitable? Not …


How Shark Tank judge Bethenny Frankel Is Helping Puerto Rico With Disaster Relief

"You have to be a strong person, because relief work is not all rainbows and unicorns."<p>Bethenny Frankel, an entrepreneur and <i>Shark Tank</i> guest judge<i>,</i> never thought of herself as a philanthropist. That is, until several natural disasters in North America left millions without water, power, and basic …

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6 Ways To Stop Cheating Your Customers

Your marketing campaign is just a one-night stand. Don't you want a relationship?<p>It's time to fight back. I'm declaring war on the marketing campaign. Without a doubt your marketing activity should be all about the wants, needs and desires of your customers. You know you need to be channeling your …


Rather Than Just Giving Thanks Try Giving This Instead

30 Unforgettable quotes that capture the spirit of giving<p>Thanksgiving is a day when many of us pause to give thanks for what we have. Sometimes our lives are so filled with good fortune that it comes easy, our blessings abound and the list of gratitudes could fill volumes. At other times, life's …