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11 Underrated Business Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for a new read? Check out these lesser-known books to level-up your leadership game.<p>As entrepreneurs, we are always searching for something to give us an edge over the competition. Whether it is having the best employees, finding the best software programs, taking the best online courses, …

Did Bitcoin Just Burst? How It Compares to History's Big Bubbles

Bitcoin’s recent wobbles have given fresh urgency to a question that’s gripped market observers for much of the past year: Will the cryptocurrency go …

Cryptocurrency

5 Ways to Make Yourself Look Polished to Everyone Around You | Inc.com

The world is full of dreamers. Look around you and you'll find there are plenty of people who spend a lot of time and money reading business and branding books or signing up to attend intensive retreats and motivational seminars.<p>But let's be honest: Even while these books, seminars and articles may …

Self-help

I studied millionaires for 5 years and realized most peoples' success comes down to an overlooked factor

Some of the most successful people in the world owe their success to the partnerships they forged.<p>In my Rich Habits Study, I interviewed 233 wealthy individuals (177 of whom were self-made millionaires) with at least $160,000 in annual gross income and $3.2 million in net assets.<p>According to my …

Self-improvement

How Successful People Make Decisions Differently

Once you realize which decisions are really important, use these four strategies to make sure you get what you want.<p>We make hundreds of big and small decisions every day. Many of these decisions are opportunities that can change your life, yet many of us don’t know how to assess a decision to yield …

10 Success lessons from Chris Gardner – “From Homeless To Millionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share90<p>Tweet<p>Share349<p>+15<p>Shares 444<p>The life of Chris Gardner is one made for the big screen. From single father without resources, living on the …

Is Another Financial Crisis Coming: This Chart May Have The Answer

For all the talk of market turbulence and volatility ahead of the Brexit vote, the reality is that after the selloff scare in late January and …

Markets

Three Reasons Why The Market Is Up But Your Portfolio Is Down

A common complaint from investors is that their portfolio isn’t following the overall market. They feel that when the market goes up, their account value hardly budges, but when it goes down, it seems to lose the little bit that it gained plus some. They’re frustrated and can’t seem to put a finger …

Investing

The yield curve is telling us something

Instead, over the last month or so, we've seen a few fits and starts in the equity markets, but stock indices are still sitting close to all-time highs.<p>When the Fed raised rates last December, you would expect a yield curve that was getting steeper. That would signal an economy that's getting …

The Science Behind Why Monogamy Really *Does* Work

And 7 other sex truths you need to know now.<p>Finally—some science you can bring into the bedroom. How often a couple should have sex is an age old question, something we've discussed over and over again. But how necessary is it for a successful relationship? And just what makes a relationship work? …

The Seven Countries Most Vulnerable To A Debt Crisis

For decades, some of the most important data about market economies was simply unavailable: the level of private debt. You could get government debt data easily, but (with the outstanding exception of the USA—and also Australia) it was hard to come by.<p>That has been remedied by the Bank of …

Economics

The 2 Best Dividend Stocks For Your Retirement Portfolio

Investors, still spooked by the massacre of 2008 and the market selloff earlier this year, are making the same mistake again. They’re shifting into so-called “safe” fixed-income investments like CDs and treasuries—and moving out of stocks altogether.<p>A recent survey by Franklin Templeton found that …

Investing

How to Be a Leader, Not a Manager | Inc.com

Let's get something straight: Manager and leader are <i>not</i> synonymous terms.<p>Manage implies maintaining the status quo. It's a manager's job to ensure that things go as planned and that the team meets expectations. Leading, on the other hand, has an inherent forward progression. Leaders encourage …

Team Building

Study Reveals The Pitch Deck That Will Land You Millions

The DocSend study on pitch decks gathers data from over 200 pitch decks of early stage startups. However, before we dive into the study, and as a …

Venture Capital

6 Ways Startups Can Market Their Brands Without Breaking the Bank

During the early days of the Internet, starting a small low investment startup wasn't that hard at all. Few people who did became big names in a matter of months.<p>Now fast forward to these days, where research shows that 543,000 new businesses get started each month somewhere in the world. This …

Surprisingly Simple Hacks to Make You Super Productive

In his 2012 bestseller, <i>The Power of Habit</i>, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg helped readers understand why they eat those cookies every …

7 startup lessons the Shazam founders learned the hard way

Shazam is one of the most widely-used apps of all time but what’s its founding story? I talked to Chris Barton, and his co-founders, including friend …

The Top 20 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Fail—According to the Data

Do startups fail because of their own specific struggles, or are there a few primary problems that plague new companies?<p>New York data analytics firm …

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

In my research and coaching work over the past two decades, I have met many people who feel unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or stagnant because they are forsaking performance in one or more aspects of their lives. They aren’t bringing their leadership abilities to bear in all of life’s domains—work, …

10 Coolest Stocks to Invest In

<i>By Cat Alford, Contributor</i><p>Google and Apple are always creating new and cool products, which makes them popular stocks for investors. However, there are several other companies out there that are also transforming their industries and showcasing incredible innovations. Here are 10 cool stocks that …

The roughest ride in global markets isn't over yet

Traders around the world might be breathing a sigh of relief. But economists aren't yet giving the all clear.<p>That's because one of the root causes of the yuan's dramatic moves is still very much in play. Even though it may not be time to panic, money is still leaving China at a record rate.<p>"The …

The 5 Main Reasons Employees Leave Startups

Startup employees have five motivations for leaving--and nearly all of them are preventable.<p>Startups are vulnerable, and they depend on a number of interrelated resources working together to self-sustain into bigger and better stages of development. Take away any one piece--a chunk of capital, a …

Do Startups Need Customer Relationship Management (CRM)?

The product has been built. The domain name has been purchased. The app is under construction. Sales have started coming in. People have started …

Small Business

Why We Seem To Be Talking More And Working Less -- The Nature Of Work Has Changed

Are communication technologies like Slack, Yammer and Skype actually helping us, or just getting in the way? Certainly, they have made it easier to communicate, share information and collaborate with colleagues, but what if all that extra communication is actually preventing us from getting …

Management

Why Everything You Were Told About Leadership Is Wrong

For decades, the mainstream paradigm has been that leaders and managers think and behave so differently that, in most cases, there is a conflict of interest between them. On the one hand, we are told that leaders are visionary, creative, empathetic and disruptive. On the other hand, we are told …

Leadership

Oil Futures May Be Heading Higher, But Kneejerk Bulls Need Reining In

The end of the first oil trading quarter of 2016 is nearing and the week including first few days of March has seen both Brent and WTI futures end most trading sessions in net positive territory, or in other words five successive days of gains.<p>At the time of writing (<i>1615 EST, 4 March 2016</i>), the …

Oil & Gas Industry