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Five Things You Should Know About GDPR

The GDPR deadline is fast approaching. Are you ready?<p>The incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) launch is a hot topic at the moment, and that's not surprising. After all, it's the most significant change to data protection laws in several years, and it also includes the deployment of …

Personal Data

The 10-Step Process to Selling Your Business

When selling, your objective is to get the maximum value; to do so, you'll need to review every step of the 10-point selling process.<p>After putting a lot of time, effort, and sweat equity into growing your business, you're looking to sell. I've been involved in a variety of different companies that …

Small Business

There's a Lot to Love About Gmail's New Design, But Google Overlooked This One Critical Mistake

Never forget the little things.<p>If you aren't already aware, Google just refreshed the design of their beloved Gmail, and it's a really solid improvement. With 1.4 billion users of the email platform, to say that this redesign was a massive undertaking is an understatement--the magnitude of the …

Note-Taking

The Least Crazy-Making Job in the Toxic Workplace Is...

Yeah, everyone at work is under stress but a few of your colleagues just aren't feeling it as much.<p>Yesterday, I explained how toxic workplaces--especially those with "work until you drop" corporate cultures--don't just make people sick; they make companies fail. I also provided some sly suggestions …

Mental Health

A Recession Threatens. Do These 3 Things to Protect Your Business

As we get closer to economic storm clouds, we need recession leadership. Meaning: a growth plan for hard times.<p>The person who invented the fax machine showed a wonderful mind at work. Not for the technology. But as a product of peering into the future, the fax machine was sublime.<p>By this I mean …

Stock Markets

5 Reasons You're Getting Ignored at Work (and What to Do About It)

It has nothing to do with Millennials.<p>We all know how infuriating it can be when you're being ignored. When backs are facing towards you, eyes are glued to phones or questions awkwardly hang in the air, keeping your cool can be easier said than done.<p>Parents may expect this type of behavior from …

Self-help

Your Brand is Killing Your Business. Here's What to Do About It

A good brand can go a long way to helping build a successful business.<p>Your company's brand is its identity. A brand is key to the story you tell; it is the face your company presents to the world. Unfortunately, countless companies have weak brands that fail to communicate much of anything to the …

Marketing

5 Tips to Ensure Your Remote Employees Are Productive

Remaining productive when dealing with remote workers is challenging.<p>The digital revolution has done a lot for productivity. From project management apps to communication platforms, software has continuously helped teams work smarter and become more organized. It has also given rise to the remote …

Project Management

4 Genius Marketing Trends Employed by Fitness Studios

Gyms and fitness studios must often get creative to attract new clients. Here are four genius trends working for them in 2018.<p>The fitness industry is invariably competitive, due in large part to the fact that many people aren't crazy about working out, meaning the benefits must be well-stated and …

Marketing

What Women Leaders Today Can Learn From These 4 Essential Moments in History

Women in business are inching closer to an even playing field thanks to these key moments over the last century. Here's what you can learn from them.<p>In 2017, after being lulled into believing that women's working conditions were improving (and would continue to improve), the world received a …

Feminism

Avoid Being the Age-Biased Leader

You Can't Eat the Orange and Throw Away the Peel<p>Transitions are the key to organizational life. In the career cycle there is an inevitable dialectical pattern where one generation follows another. Transitions can be difficult, especially when transitions are coded as either a signal to an ending or …

Leadership

These Men Showed Incredible Patience in the Face of Someone on a Power Trip. Everyone in Customer Service Can Learn From It

This was quite something.<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>Police officers are serving the people, right?<p>You might think this isn't always the case.<p>But that's because it's more often the times when they stray that are disseminated …

Customer Service

The 1 Reason Why Miserable People Don't Quit Their Jobs

Miserable employees would nothing better than to get a new job, but they sit still and don't do anything about it. I figured out why.<p>It's 6 am Monday morning and your alarm clock buzzes waking you up from Sunday night's slumber. Time to face another work day as you yank the power cord out from the …

Employment

How to Be More Productive (and Less Awkward) When You Network

Walk into ever event with a clear purpose in mind and stick to it.<p><i>What are some helpful strategies for people who are new to networking? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Max</b> …

Networking

4 Smart Habits That Will Win You That Big Promotion

Whether you're outgoing or more shy, extroverted or introverted, you can still succeed at this.<p><i>What makes a person more likely to get promoted over another employee who has similar qualifications? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from</i> …

Leadership

3 Daily Practices for People Who Want to Make a Difference

Three Key Principles That Are Essential to Reaching Your Full Leadership Potential<p>There are three cornerstones that once put into action will set anyone on the path to pursuing goodness and making a lasting impact. Truth, compassion, and wholeness are concepts that can be made more accessible by …

Leadership

15 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss the Inc. GrowCo Conference

Join us in New Orleans May 30 to June 1.<p>Growing your business? Head to Inc. GrowCo to get the strategies, inspiration and connections to take your company to the next level. Meet Shark Tank's Daymond John, rub elbows on Bourbon Street with seasoned CEOs, and learn from today's innovators, including …

New Orleans

How Many Goals Do You Need?

Hint: Not as many as you might think...<p>It's generally accepted that Jim Collins coined the phrase "Big Hairy Audacious Goal" or, as it's touted in meetings all around the world today, the "BHAG."<p>Entrepreneurs love these because the goal is usually easy to state and, most of the time, is short on …

Customer Service

This One Thing Is Critical For Financial Institutions To Survive The Millennial Takeover

Millennials are taking over as the largest generation. And financial institutions must switch strategies to meet the needs of this growing sector.<p>If you're only targeting Baby Boomers or Generation Xers, your business could soon be in jeopardy. According to the US Census Bureau, Millennials have …

Customer Experience

Can Larry Ellison Topple Jeff Bezos by Becoming a Cybersecurity Champion?

Oracle is making a cloud services land grab that pivots off what may be a network protection breakthrough.<p>If you don't think cybersecurity is a selling point these days, you're probably not doing as well as you could be--no matter what it is you do in digital. Larry Ellison is dialed into this new …

Machine Learning

Amazon Is Hiring More Skilled Immigrant H-1B Workers Than Any Other Tech Company

The number of applications for H-1B visas still far exceeds the program's cap.<p>For 15 years in a row, the number of applicants for H-1B work visas has far exceeded the program's cap of 85,000 available visas. The H-1B program, which allows US companies to bring in foreign workers in specialized …

Immigration

Forget Fake News: This Old-Fashioned (and Ethical) Strategy Can Influence Millions of People, Says Science

This time-tested communication strategy actually works.<p>In the battle to cut through the noise and change how people think about things, there's one old-fashioned communication strategy that still works: Op-ed articles.<p>According to a new study led by Alexander Coppock, an assistant professor at Yale …

Critical Thinking

Building a Successful Brand Requires You to Keep This 1 Thing in Mind

Building and nurturing your brand takes time, but it's not hard and the rewards are well worth it.<p>No one will dispute having a strong corporate brand is an important part of your marketing mix. Where some people get stumped is when the brand is themselves, especially if they're not a celebrity. …

Marketing

The Truth About Working From Home: 5 Things No One Tells You

Here's what's said behind closed doors and what you should know if you're thinking about working from home.<p>There's a lot of debate on the topic of working from home. Experts can't agree on whether it's the greatest innovation since the internet or the worst thing that's ever happened to our …

Home Offices

Documents Show WeWork Owes $18 Billion and Is Quickly Burning Cash as It Seeks New Funding

Adam Neumann's company has already raised billions in funding.<p><b>The office-leasing startup WeWork plans to raise more funding through a $500 million bond sale, according to the Financial Times.</b>• <b><br>It's the first time the company is raising money from debt investors after it raised billions in venture</b> …

Venture Capital

Silicon Valley Heavyweights Continue Fight for Better Immigration Reform

A new report from a group of tech heavyweights calls for changes to policies that restrict immigrants' ability to work legally in the United States.<p>Since President Donald Trump was elected, Silicon Valley leaders have railed against government policies that restrict immigrants' ability to work …

Immigration

4 Reasons to Incorporate "Off Hours" Interests into Your Professional Life

We all have lives outside of work. When does it make sense to let those activities shine through?<p>We all have professional identities. They define the parameters of our business, and they help to "flesh out" the communities where we are most familiar and comfortable. Our professional identities also …

Work-life Balance

The Key Difference That Really Makes an Entrepreneur a Great Innovator

Instead of ignoring or avoiding product or service failure, see the alternative solution.<p>I've been fortunate enough to be the chair of an annual innovation conference for 10 years, and in that time we've always had a student competition. One team's idea has always "stuck" with me, because it was so …

Innovation

Kim Kardashian Made a Big Mistake By Closing Her Dash Stores

Unfortunately, my favorite entrepreneur got a bit lazy<p>I've made it no secret that I'm a huge Kardashians fan and an admirer of Kim as an entrepreneur. Just watch her interview with (a very smitten) Steve Forbes at the magazine's 2017 Forbes Women Summit and you'll appreciate just how much of a …

Kim Kardashian

Facebook Has Tough Times Ahead If They Stick with Their Current Stance. Here's How You Can Tell

Zuckerberg's testimony merely paid lip service to a serious problem. It may have bought him time, but Congress will force Facebook to change its policies one way or another.<p>Facebook may have won a battle in Congress, but the core issue of Facebook's societal and moral responsibility will be a …

Social Media