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The 4 Kinds of Leaders Who Create the Future

Alan Kay, the educator and computer designer, famously declared, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” But what does it take to invent the future in such a turbulent and uncertain world? How do successful organizations build on their history, even as they craft a new point of view …

Why Aren’t Black Employees Getting More White-Collar Jobs?

Forty years ago, two companies were known for aggressively recruiting minorities on college campuses: IBM and Xerox, both considered hot tech companies of that era. My senior year in college, a black sales rep from IBM encouraged me and a group of fellow black students to consider a career with the …

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

A letter to Jamie Dimon — and anyone else still struggling to understand bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

<i>This piece was originally published in October 2017 on Chain's blog, after Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a fraud in September. Dimon has since said he regrets the comment, but maintained he is not interested in bitcoin.</i><p>Dear Jamie,<p>My name is Adam Ludwin and I run a company called Chain. I have been …

Blockchain

49 Ways to Make More Money Online (or Offline) This Year

Opportunity is everywhere once you know what to look for.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Okay. You're looking to make more money this year. Great. You've set some goals and now you need to take action. Where do you turn? What do you do first? Do you tackle passive …

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In their seminal HBR piece, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to …

Figure Out Your Company’s Make-or-Break Strategic Problems, Then Use Small Teams to Solve Them

Can a large incumbent company rediscover how to act like an agile start-up?<p>I believe the answer is yes, though success depends largely on another question: Can the executive team learn to get out of the way?<p>Behaving like an agile start-up implies speed, a sharply defined mission, and a deep …

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

Congratulations, you got the job! Now you have to decide whether to take it. You’ve done your research and know the ins and outs of the company’s public profile, but how can you assess cultural fit — and if you’d actually be happy working there? Should you reach out to former employees? Or ask to …

Here Are All The Ways That Work Is Evolving, Are You And Your Organization Ready? | Inc.com

<b>From employee engagement to employee experience</b><p>Companies used to think that if they could give employees a few perks, it would boost their engagement scores. Today, forward-thinking companies have realized that engagement is temporary, but building employee experience where employees feel valued at …

Employment

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Change Management

Corporate transformations still have a miserable success rate, even though scholars and consultants have significantly improved our understanding of how they work. Studies consistently report that about three-quarters of change efforts flop—either they fail to deliver the anticipated benefits or …

How Successful People Spend Their Weekends

As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.<p>What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work—at …

Time Management

Essay: Words matter

Is there a link between language and behavior? A lot of research will answer “yes” over their inseparable and reciprocal proximity. Thanks to the …

Boosting your kids chances of being top of their class

If you want your child to get to the top of the class, it's not nearly as simple as just encouraging them to work hard. Parents can play a huge role …

Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause

Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries—since, say, 1650—we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labor, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating …

Income Inequality

How to Create a Profitable Sales Plan for Your Business: 10 Steps | Inc.com

Sales. Every great business starts with sales (since without sales and revenue, you have no business.) And just as every great salesperson works from a solid sales plan, so does every great business.<p>So how can you create a sales plan that helps your sales team -- even if your sales team is only …

Business Strategy

Case Study: When You Have to Choose Between Core and New Customers

It was the Monday morning after the Phoenix race. Erica Jackson, chief marketing officer of the Mendoza Marathon Corporation, had risen early to watch people line up to register for next year’s event and expected an enthusiastic crowd. But when she walked into the field, she saw only dour looks and …

To Create A Carbon-Neutral Restaurant, First You Have To Measure The Footprint

Portland, Oregon’s Sustainable Restaurant Group is working on new calculations to give a more full picture of the impact of the restaurant business.<p>One of the main promises of the farm-to-table movement is that it reduces food miles: Restrict the distance your ingredients travel on their path to …

Restaurant sales fall in May as labor pressure builds

May was a disappointing month for restaurant chains: Same-store sales fell 1.1 percent, a decline of 0.1 percentage points from April, and the …

A Grown-Up's Guide to 'Fast-Fine' Dining

MY DAD does not have bad taste in restaurants—far from it. But even he will admit he’s a little old fashioned. He likes his dining rooms quiet and the service leisurely. The response to his order of a gimlet should be, “Yes, of course,” not a series of follow-up questions about newfangled brands of …

San Francisco

Restaurants Face Digital Dilemma

Last year, restaurants crossed a digital milestone: The percentage of orders booked online or using a smartphone or tablet app—now 6.6% of the …

Four forces to watch in trucking and rail freight

North America’s freight-transport markets are back on track. But executives shouldn’t overlook structural shifts in the sector’s profit pools.<p><b>The</b> …

Trucking

Global Supply Chains Are About to Get Better, Thanks to Blockchain

When an E.coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets left 55 customers ill, in 2015, the news stories, shutdowns, and investigations shattered the restaurant chain’s reputation. Sales plummeted, and Chipotle’s share price dropped 42%, to a three-year low, where it has languished ever since.<p>At …

Ruthless Prioritization

All high functioning teams must prioritize. Not once a month, not once a week — but <i>rigorously, and ruthlessly</i>.<p>Prioritization means doing the things …

10 Things Great Bosses Do Every Day

We've all heard the adage, "People don't leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses." It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there's a ton.<p>In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad bosses said they were looking for …

Full text of Trump's executive order on 7-nation ban, refugee suspension

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Friday banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days by executive order.<p>The order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Those countries were named in a …

Immigration

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

The science of touch: why physical contact can make you happier and more successful

"What is the good life?" is one of life's most vexing questions. Knowing what makes us happy, and how to bring happiness to others, has been the …

NBA