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How Hacking Is Helping Businesses Beyond the Tech Sector

This story appears in the November 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>When entrepreneur Jeff Raider wanted to solve a problem for a nonprofit in need, he found a perfect resource: his own employees. Each year his company, Harry’s, a New York-based purveyor of shaving gear, donates 1 percent of …

Bureaucracy Must Die

Almost 25 years ago in the pages of <i>HBR</i>, C.K. Prahalad and I urged managers to think in a different way about the building blocks of competitive success. We argued that a business should be seen as a portfolio of “core competencies” as well as a portfolio of products. By building and nurturing deep, …

How to Measure Yourself Against the Best

Edited by Timothy B. Blodgett<p>Ideas for Action<p>One way to judge the performance of an organization is, of course, to compare it with other units within the company. But these measurements often merely reinforce complacency or generate “not invented here” excuses. Comparisons with outsiders, however, …

This Business Thrives Working 4 Days a Week Without Bosses, Email or Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Our project is eight years old now and during this long road we've tried to modify (eliminate) each one of the things we didn't agree with when we were employees. Both my partner, Hernán Amiune (Engineer), and I used to work as …

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Mastering The 4 Fundamentals Of Effective Leadership

When you’re in need of a refresher of what good leadership entails, revisit these basics.<p>Sometimes real leadership innovation isn’t about creating something bright and shiny and new. Perhaps it’s about dusting off an old piece of wisdom that others have forgotten in the rush toward novelty. Or …

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test, which analyzed the ability of …

Self-improvement

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

Entrepreneur, Sales Expert and Author; Founder of Shore Consulting<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My first college business professor was a fanatical Peter Drucker devotee.<p>He launched our course with a dissection of Drucker's <i>The Effective Executive</i> and concluded with a …

Six Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Looking to be your own boss? Here's how to get started on the right foot as an entrepreneur.<p>Maybe you have a million-dollar idea, or maybe you have …

Why Optimistic Leaders Build the Healthiest Companies | Inc.com

What can optimism do for you?<p>Optimism happens to be our brand and a philosophical approach to life. But it can also be a powerful leadership strategy for your business. In the coming months, I’ll be writing about our company’s experience spreading the power of optimism and how optimism plays out in …

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Warren Buffett's 23 Most Brilliant Insights About Investing

Buffett is undoubtedly the most successful investor in history. His investment philosophy is no secret, and he has repeatedly shared bits and pieces of it through a lifetime of quips and memorable quotes.<p>His brilliance is timeless, and we find ourselves referring back to them over and over again.<p>We …

17 Books About Money Everyone Should Read In Their 20s

Head back to the gym, explore a new neighborhood ... learn more about managing money and building wealth.<p>If that third one is on your list, you're in luck.<p>Here, we've highlighted some of the best personal finance books out there for 20-somethings, from expert-recommended classics to some of our …

6 Key Business Goals Thought Leadership Will Help You Achieve

When you think of SEO and Google, Matt Cutts probably comes to mind. And when researching the future of Internet marketing, you’d likely read a post on Jeff Bullas’ blog.<p>Despite the overwhelming success and instant recognition of many prominent thought leaders, misconceptions about this buzzworthy …

4 Keys to Shedding the Attitudes Keeping You Stuck

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It happens to all of us: We become comfortable in how we think, how we lead and how we behave and react to things, and then we end up stuck in our ways.<p>Even when things are not working as well as they could or should, or if others …

Capture More Value

When Switzerland-based Vestergaard introduced its LifeStraw technology, it proved it could innovate. LifeStraws remove 99.99999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts from contaminated water. The product is a favorite of aid organizations: Over the past decade, LifeStraws have been distributed …

Creativity and the Role of the Leader

<b>♦ BLOG: Join the conversation with Teresa Amabile about the challenges of managing creativity.</b><p>Creativity has always been at the heart of business, but until now it hasn’t been at the top of the management agenda. By definition the ability to create something novel and appropriate, creativity is …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

To Solve Big Problems, Assume Everything Is Wrong and Ask Dumb Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What does it take for a computer hacker to solve a CAPTCHA (those garbly letters on website forms that make you prove you’re a human)? Apparently, just a little bit of porn.<p>When CAPTCHAs became popular in the early 2000s, they created a …

Track Customer Attitudes to Predict Their Behaviors

CRM is typically all about customer behavior: you track customers’ behavior in terms of where, when and in what context they interacted with your company. But the increasing ease with which you can track behavior and the ability to build and maintain extensive behavioral databases has encouraged …

11 Helpful Tools for Every Step of Building a Mobile App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You cannot build a mobile app in isolation using just the native developer kit. Building an app requires that you have the right tools to deliver efficiently on every aspect of its life cycle.<p>Developing your first app can be a daunting …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People | Inc.com

Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.</i><p>He's also …

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6 Ways to Adapt Hiring Practices to the Improving Job Market

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In recent years, we’ve experienced an employer’s market, as the economy has driven many skilled professionals back into the job market. One job posting could bring in a flood of resumes, leaving employers with the enviable problem of …