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How to Make Debt Work For You

This story appears in the September 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Many personal-finance experts consider debt to be evil, whether they’re talking about a credit card charging 15.8 percent, an auto loan at 1.9 percent or a mortgage creating a much needed tax deduction. Their advice is always …

Personal Finance
Employment

Outperform Your Competition With 3 Small Daily Adjustments

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs tend to thrive in environments of healthy competition. Without challenges, there is no growth, so it’s within the hotbed of competition that many entrepreneurs truly find their stride and earn their stripes.<p>We all have 24 …

Entrepreneurship

Thirteeners: Ditch Your Biz Inefficiencies for Powerful Transformation

“<i>Thirteeners: Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy–and How Yours Can Be One of Them</i>” is an odd title for a book, but …

Selling Value: Stop Stressing Over Prospects, Create Value

Sales is one of those necessary activities with which everyone (including many salespeople) have a love-hate relationship.<p>On the one hand, sales …

Leadership
Leadership

5 Things You Should Never Post On Your Business Facebook Page

Your business Facebook page can be a fantastic marketing tool. Used properly, it can build relationships, build your brand, build trust and …

Why Our Trust in Banks Hasn’t Been Restored

Since the financial crisis of 2008, a major question has been how banks can restore the trust of their clients. To address this concern, banks have been hiring an increasing number of compliance officers. For example, JP Morgan has hired an additional 13,000 people in the area of compliance since …

London Business School
Business Strategy

4 Magic Phrases That Unlock Brilliant Product Ideas

Would you like to know what customers want before they do? These simple phrases will give you a clue.<p>Ever wonder what your customers really want? How could you tweak your product or sales pitch to get them to buy in big volumes? And could you come up with a new idea for a product or service that …

Customers
Public Speaking

Bridging Psychological Distance

Federico Jordan<p>Y<i>ou’re negotiating a contract with an important client whose budget is tight, but your boss is pressuring you to increase margins. How do you close the deal?</i><p><i>Several weeks ago you agreed to speak at a college alumni event, but now you’re extra busy at work and regretting the</i> …

Management

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.<p>The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and …

Warning Signs of Customer Service Issues in Your Company

Maintaining good customer service is a constant process.<p>While it may never be perfect, it’s important to try and keep as many customers satisfied as …

Customer Experience

What To Do When You Hit a Wall in Your Business - Small Business Trends

Everything’s chugging right along in your business. You love getting to the office every day, interacting with clients, and having the freedom to set …

What Intangibles Make People A Premium To You?

Are you searching for your next job or career move? Are you seriously considering starting a small business? Are you trying to make a go of one …

Small Business

The 10 Commitments for Excellence in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you're deeply invested in your career or starting a business, successful people commit to certain decisions that help shape them into elite businessmen and -women.<p>Choose to make every moment count. Each day is an open opportunity …

Self-improvement

The 4 S's of All Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business schools love acronyms and formulas. There are the "four P's of marketing" (sometimes as many as seven) and the three Cs of business.<p>There is strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis <b></b>(or SWOT thinking) and more …

Entrepreneurship

Twitter / Account Suspended

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

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Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today. It isn’t the only deeply-held and rarely examined notion that affects how organizations are run. Managers still assume that stability is the normal state of …