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Why You Should Stop Being a Boss and Start Being a Leader

The way you approach being in charge--whether you're running a corporation, a civic organization, or a neighborhood bake sale--is a huge factor in the group's achievement. Think about the differences before you step up.<p>Every business and work group has a boss, but only some have a leader at the …

7 Things You Need to Start Saying No to Today

Want to be richer, happier, and healthier? Start saying no to these things right now, suggests a new book.<p>Despite being composed of just two little letters, the word "no" is both extremely powerful and extremely hard to master. Sure, you can pronounce it just fine, but actually getting it out of …

3 Steps For Eliminating Your Bad Habits

Derail, replace, incorporate: Habits are based in cues. Here’s how to change them for the better.<p>Late night channel surfing, procrastination, and a mid-afternoon candy bar. While alone these things are just bad choices, they could quickly become bad habits under the right conditions, says Wendy …

4 Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s

Here's why techies continue to follow in the footsteps of Zuck, launching a business right out of school.<p><i>In</i> The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide<i>, founder Bernd Schoner reflects on his experience starting up ThingMagic, an early RFID company, during the dot com bust. In the following edited book</i> …

7 Ways Leaders Can Get Out Of The Hamster Wheel

With the undercurrent of rapid change and increasing pressures in the workplace, it’s hard not to ignore the feeling as if we are running fast in a hamster wheel. We accelerate our pace, work more hours, juggle more priorities, but we’re not necessarily seeing different results.<p>As a leaders today, …

Carrick on money: College is a ludicrous waste of money

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>College is a ludicrous waste of money</b><br>So says former U.S. Labour Secretary Robert Reich in this blog post. Reich refers to the U.S. situation, where tuitions are …

How to stop the declining trust in leadership

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' new Leadership Lab series, where executives and leadership experts share their views and advice about the leadership and management issues of today. There will be a new column every weekday. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> …

The Reason Your Team Won’t Take Risks

Most senior managers agree that taking risks is important for innovation, but in far too many cases, they don’t act like they believe this. For example, one global organization, where one of us conducted a culture survey several years ago, considered itself to be highly supportive of developing new …

7 Challenges Courageous Leaders Overcome

In the face of overwhelming odds or critical failures, it's easy to lose sight of your aspirations, but the charismatic leaders we admire throughout history don't give in to that temptation. They work to overcome any challenge.<p>Leadership and innovation aren't qualities that people are born with; …

Three Elements Of High-Impact Thought Leadership

Thought leaders are able to garner a disproportionate share of new business. This is especially the case in the affluent market as wealthy individuals have the resources to find and retain the very best professionals in all disciplines. There are a number of essentials to becoming a thought leader, …

3 Ways to Make an Offer Your Prospects Can't Refuse

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your offer is the center of your sales piece, which should never simply be an advertisement for your company. Direct mail is capable of so much more than getting your company name out there.<p>A good sales piece should draw your prospects …

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8 Hacks to Become a Better Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs have a lot of responsibility on their hands. While trying to launch a startup, they also must manage a team and maybe figure out how make the perfect pitch to investors. Unfortunately, there are only so many pots of coffee …

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How to Increase Value by Doing Less

Being lean is about more than saving money. It's about the approach you take to pushing value through your system.<p>Everyone wants to know how to make his or her business leaner. Amazon has more than 9,000 books on lean. But once you've decided to ditch your master plan to promote streamlined …

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 …

8 Things My Dad Taught Me About Entrepreneurship and Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even at the ripe young age of 83, my dad is still fixing vacuums and sewing machines as part of the repair business he started 30 years ago after retiring from a career at Western Union.<p>He no longer runs the business from a shop, and he …

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4 Tips For Crafting The Perfect Interview Follow-Up Note

You’ve just interviewed for your dream job. You sent a nice follow up letter and now you’re waiting to hear back. And nothing. Let’s rewind this scenario all the way to the interview and replay it.<p>1. <i>Think of an interview as your fact finding crusade</i>: If you approach an interview primarily as a …