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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits. In fact, fantastic company culture is almost <i>expected</i> along with other traditional benefits.<p>While the …

Employee Engagement

4 Ways to Get Employees to Really Speak Their Mind

Research shows employees only bring up their concerns and questions during performance reviews.<p>As a leader, you rely on information. Data and feedback help you make better decisions about your company. And one of the most valuable sources of information is your employees. Unfortunately, they don't …

Crunch Report | 2017 Internet Trends Report

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Read Mary Meeker’s essential 2017 Internet Trends report<br>• Nest’s latest home camera is the super smart Nest Cam IQ<br>• Elon Musk will leave Trump councils if U.S. withdraws from Paris agreement<br>• Samsung’s elusive Bixby voice assistant is reportedly still weeks away from</b> …

What is Growth Marketing?

May 8, 2017<p>Between 2011 and 2017, Snapchat amassed over 160 million users. Five-year-old Tinder sees over a billion user actions per day. In just a …

Fundamental growth hacking for new ‘solopreneurs'

Successful digital marketing and website optimization = more business. Yes, it’s a fact and that’s great…<p>But what about <i>hacking</i> your way to growth as a new entrepreneur working alone i.e. a ‘solopreneur’?<p>The phenomenon has arrived and it’s here to stay. Many of us are now cutting the costly …

This May Be The Most Boring--And The Most Useful--Article You Read All Day

Why you should embrace monotony.<p>As an entrepreneur, you might be tempted to jam-pack your schedule you're doing something productive every minute of the day. But one activity you might not have considered making more room for: boredom<p>According to recent studies, boredom is a productive, regulatory …

World-Class Athletes Use This Productivity Trick to Get More Done. Now You Can Too (Rarely Anyone Does)

Discover the secret sauce of getting more things done in a day.<p>Want to be more productive during your day or week? Who doesn't. Well, you can do what some of the world's most successful people do -- wake up at that ungodly hour of 4 a.m.<p>If that's not your cup of tea (I couldn't pull it off beyond a …

How To Get Your First 1,000 Customers At Your Startup

Getting your first 1,000 customers is a lot different from growing your customer base up to 100,000 or even just 10,000. In your startup’s early stages, you don’t need to worry about scalability as much as getting the biggest bang for your buck. That requires getting crafty, which also makes it fun.<p>…

Customers

So, you want a job in venture capital?

Until recently I worked as a VC investor, and I would often receive emails from recent college grads and others asking me what they need to do to get into venture capital.<p>I came up with a list of tips that I would respond with, and now that I am out of the industry I thought I would share that list …

The One Thing You Should Do Before Holding Your Next Meeting

Defining the desired outcome ahead of time can help make your meetings more enjoyable.<p><i>By Mamie Kanfer Stewart, founder and CEO of Meeteor.</i><p>Is your day filled with meetings that result in wasted time? Creating a thoughtful agenda is the optimal way to set your meetings on the right path. But …

25 Easy Ways To Stimulate Innovation, And Never Get Stuck Again

Innovation is no fun when you’re staring down an oppressively blank sheet of paper, but you don’t have to go it alone. Here’s my list of 25 prompts guaranteed to get the innovation juices flowing, a list distilled from my speeches and workshops and work as an innovation culture consultant.<p><b>1. Borrow</b> …

So, How Do You Make Agile Successful?

Key takeaways<p>Get to the essence of Agile<br>• Look out for Scrum’s traps<br>• Agile calls for different skills and mindsets on both product and delivery …

Project Management

5 Reasons Meetings Never Improve

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand or like to waste time, you know meetings suck up a tremendous amount of valuable time. You’ve also read lots of advice that is supposed to help. You’ve probably even tried some of that advice. And you are not alone.<p>So why is it that meetings are <i>still</i> wasting …

AOL co-founder Steve Case lays out playbook for new wave of startups

Plenty of industries are ripe for disruption, but new startups need to work with partners and be in it for the long haul, said Internet business pioneer Steve Case.<p>But if they do, opportunities abound in what he calls the third wave of the Internet.<p>The first wave was the foundation laid by AOL and …

Finally, the truth about social media and customer engagement

<i>By Mark W. Schaefer</i>When I started on Twitter in 2008, it was THE cool place to connect, share ideas, and meet new people. I would hang out there in …

Social Media

12 Top Positive Psychology Courses You Can Take Online

Andresr/Shutterstock.com<p>Boost your happiness IQ from the comfort of your own computer.<p>What brings a sense of purpose to our lives? Why is gratitude …

Elon Musk's 40 Insights on Achieving True Greatness

Some people imagine the future and a few actually make it happen. Here is why Elon Musk is the latter.<p>Many people imagine what it would be like to be great someday. They hope to add significance and change the future for the better. There are few of these groundbreaking visionaries in today's world …

Why ‘innovation tourism’ is killing big companies

Big companies can too easily become victims of what I call “innovation tourism”: They partner with startups and VCs in an effort to innovate, but they wind up merely sampling new technologies and practices and failing to drive innovation and change throughout their organizations.<p>There are many …

Innovation

HBR's Embrace Of Agile

The article, “Embracing Agile,” in the current issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i> by Darrell K. Rigby, Jeff Sutherland and Hirotaka Takeuchi is a landmark in the history of management, not just the history of Agile and its major variant, Scrum.<p>In 2011, I wrote: “If there was a Nobel Prize for …

Project Management

The Secret History of Agile Innovation

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. They keep customers happier. They enjoy their work more. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to …

The Evolution Of Customer Service

For consumers the future of customer service cannot come soon enough. The customer experience landscape is ripe for disruption. Companies are slowly making progress toward more seamless and simpler customer experiences.<p>Today only a select few companies leverage all the technology at their …

Customer Experience

Great Businesses Look Beyond Customers And Investors

Businesses can measure many misleading numbers. A company might show healthy profits, but be losing customer loyalty in the long-run. Another might show solid top-line growth, but could be struggling to retain their top employees. What happens to businesses when you measure impact to employees, …

To Win Customers, Stop Selling And Start Seducing

If you want to win over customers, stop selling and start seducing them instead. This was the underlying message of a talk I heard recently by behavioral economics professor and bestselling author Dan Ariely. Ariely has mounds of data to prove that people have irrational tendencies. His studies and …

Selling

How to Engineer a Great Customer Experience

Everybody's talking about customer experience these days, but how many companies actually follow through to ensure that their customers are getting the best experience possible? And how are they doing that?<p>Everybody's heard the mantra, "You've got to think like the customer," but unless you embed …

Tips For Building An App Without Breaking The Bank

During the past couple years, I’ve developed a couple mobile apps, which are on the Apple store. Admittedly, a big advantage has been my background in coding.<p>Despite this, there was a lot to learn, which has taken quite a bit of trial-and-error (more error than trial, actually). And yes, some of …

Is Leaderless Management A Fad Or The Future Of Business?

In the wake of Yelp’s dismissal of Talia Jane, the Internet exploded into warring factions.<p>One side insisted she’s an entitled Millennial who doesn’t understand the need to pay her dues. Another defended her point-of-view, suggesting that today’s companies can and should do more to provide for …

Leadership

The Anatomy of an Experience Map

Experience maps have become more prominent over the past few years, largely because companies are realizing the interconnectedness of the …

Customer Experience

3 Secrets Of A Best Company To Work For

We all see the awards. We all hear about the companies who provide all the cool cultural perks. But, what does being a “Best Company To Work For” really mean? And, do you care?<p>Forbes creates the America’s Best Employers list based on employee’s recommending their company to potential employees. …

Do You Know How to Measure Your Customer Experience? And No, That Is Not Just a C-Sat Score.

Experience has certainly been getting a lot of buzz over the last couple of years. Amongst just some of its proponents it has been attributed to leading to competitive advantage, customer loyalty and attraction.<p>And it looks like the domain is only set to grow in business focus: in 2016 we will see, …