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Use These 5 Tips To Align Employees With Your Brand

Would you buy a high-end service from a folksy employee with a Southern accent? Or would you purchase a bargain-brand car from a dealer who was dressed in custom couture? Here’s what the big brands know that your emerging company may be missing: for optimal success your employees must not only be …

How Peter Thiel teaches Stanford students to create billion-dollar monopolies (in 3 quotes)

Stanford continued its wildly overcrowded How to Start a Startup course today with Silicon Valley’s outspoken libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel. The course is curated by Sam Altman, head of startup incubator Y Combinator. Each week, the course brings in another technology celebrity to share the …

How To Run A Meeting

Dr. Nadine Katz goes to a lot of meetings. Some of them last so long the participants have to order in food or switch rooms.<p>Eleven years ago Katz, who is a vice president at Montefiore Medical Center and Medical Director of Montefiore’s Einstein campus, decided she’d try to figure out how to make …

The SEAL Teams Don't Accept These 10 Phrases, and Neither Should You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is …

4 Steps To Increasing Your Emotional Agility (And Why You Should)

It may be cliché but the saying that “attitude is contagious” is true. How you, your team, or your leader shows up is everything—inspiring or depressing, happy or sad, tense or terse. Managing emotions and applying them to the right situation is critical to expression, communication, and mission …

Preparation For Effective Leadership Begins With 5 Simple Rules

As the saying goes, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”<p>A leader’s responsibility is to help their organization and the people they serve to grow and prosper – this is how you earn serendipity. Successful leadership is the ability to create and sustain enough momentum to …

The Ice Bucket Challenge Won’t Solve Charity’s Biggest Problem

I love the Ice Bucket Challenge. Period. It’s a collective expression of love in a world with far too little of it. It has generated public tears in an age with far too few of them. It restores faith. It connects. And, as of last week, it raised more than $100 million for the Amyotrophic Lateral …

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

Nearly a quarter century ago, at a gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, John W. Gardner delivered a speech that may be one of the most quietly influential speeches in the history of American business — a text that has been photocopied, passed along, underlined, and linked to by senior executives in some …

Lessons from One of the Most Influential Business Speeches of All Time | Inc.com

John W. Gardner, the secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson and later the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, wrote many books and gave many speeches about leadership. But perhaps his most influential was delivered on November 10, 1990 in Arizona …

Lyndon Johnson

What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years

Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future.<p><i>But what about</i> …

How to Manage People Who Know More Than You

On my first day as a manager at a software company, I discovered that most of my employees had been doing their jobs for several years—some, for more …

8 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Planning World Domination | Inc.com

With shows like <i>Shark Tank</i> and all the focus in the media on entrepreneurship, young, vibrant, and charismatic entrepreneurs have captured our attention. These young people have proved that age is no barrier to starting and running a successful business. So whether your goal is a successful hometown …

Entrepreneurship

7 Ways to Write a Killer Press Release | Inc.com

Every day, I receive via email about a dozen press releases. Some reporters (like those covering tech beats) receive hundreds. Very few of these emails are opened, fewer are read top to bottom, and fewer still end up inside an article or blog post.<p>This is bad news for entrepreneurs, because …

Journalism

Nonprofit Creating Jobs For 100,000 People With Autism

An expected 500,000 adults with autism are expected to begin seeking employment over the next decade as a tidal wave of young adults with autism age out of school and other programs.<p>A Danish father of an autistic son is leading an effort to create gainful employment opportunities for these gifted …

Is Your Website Acting as Customer-Repellent? Avoid These 5 Don'ts.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your business's website aims to attract, engage and eventually convert new customers, but what if it is actually acting as customer-repellent and pushing them away?<p>Driving highly-targeted traffic to your website can be a time-consuming …

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Travel versus college: the eternal debate rages on with no clear-cut winner. Faced with rising tuition costs and a less than satisfying job market, many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future …

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: living off the grid

Your day begins at dawn. After all, you are lying in a sleeping bag under the open sky grateful that you haven't: a) been stabbed by a grifter, b) been trampled by a herd of animals or c) contracted hypothermia and frozen to death. Then it's off for a morning routine that involves foraging for food …

What Is The Most Valuable Programming Language To Know For The Future And Why?

<i>Answer by Kevin Suttle, Senior Front-end Developer at IBM Design, on Quora</i><p>To quote William Ting‘s earlier answer: “JavaScript will stay relevant as long as people use the internet.”<p>1. So, JavaScript will be relevant forever.<br>2. JavaScript runs in other environments, outside of browsers, and can be …

Ben Shaffer: Innovation Means Building a Safe Space for Failure

I think we can all agree that you are uniquely talented. And yet, how often does anyone acknowledge it?<p>Overnight success is rare, and often comes at …

Which is the best language to learn?

<b>An introduction by Robert Lane Greene</b><p>For language lovers, the facts are grim: Anglophones simply aren’t learning them any more. In Britain, despite …

Language

Eliminate These 8 Distractions That Are Killing Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you know how valuable every single minute of your day is. We all would do almost anything for more time.<p>Sometimes your work environment and personal habits can waste precious time without you even knowing. Here are …

How Alcohol Travels Through the Body

HOW ALCOHOL TRAVELS THROUGH TH BODY<p>ALCOHOL REQUIRES NO DIGESTION AND IS METABOLIZED BEFORE MANY OTHER NUTRIENTS<p>ABOUT 20% of the alcohol you drink …

Alcohol

Report: Coding School Graduates Boost Their Salaries By 44%

But 14% of alums remained unemployed.<p>For aspiring program developers, coding schools represent an opportunity to get a foot in the door of the bustling tech industry. It’s rare that graduates snag six-figure salaries right out of their programs, but a new report finds they’ve increased their …

Three Ways To Promote Security In A Cloud, Mobile And Big Data World

In the new world of cloud computing, digital security is so critical it can make or break a company. That’s the message coming through loud and clear these days.<p>Think about:<p>61 percent of organizations say that data theft and cybercrime are the greatest threats to their reputation.<br>• The average cost …

Beware Big Data’s Easy Answers

The rise of powerful and easy-to-use software (e.g., software as a service) and analytic programming languages (e.g., R) have made it possible for people across the entire organization — not just the database trolls — to ask questions of business performance. Suddenly everyone(-ish) can see just …

17 Maps That Will Change How You See the World

<b>1. The map that will scare most coffee snobs.</b><p><b>2. The map that proves how much Bhutan loves archery.</b><p><i>More info here</i><p><b>3. The map that pinpoints the</b> …

How I Learned to Read 300 Percent Faster in 20 Minutes

How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in one-third or one-fifth the time?<p>Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement -- period.<p>This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in …