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Three Signs It's Time To Fire Someone (Even If You Like The Person)

One painful aspect of leading is firing people you like. It’s hard for many reasons. The employee may love working with you and for your company. It might be someone you are friends with outside of work. And they might just be a good person who is doing their best. Firing anyone isn’t easy but …

Leadership

6 Reasons Why Concrete Goals Are Essential to Entrepreneurial Success

Making dreams come true is a precise, step-by-step process.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Believe it -- there is a right way and a wrong way to approach setting career goals. In a nutshell, the more specific your goals are, the better.<p>If your professional …

This Is How 2 Top MBA Professors Recommend You Smooth Negotiations for a Better Salary

Like just about everything, you are much better off with a plan.<p>5 min read<p>I’ve always thought about what makes salary negotiations so stressful, partly because of my own mixed success in that exercise over the years. In most cases, I felt as though I deserved a raise when the conversation finally …

If the Master’s degree is the new Bachelor’s, is the doctorate now the new Master's?

The US Census Bureau can tell us a thing or two about how the American and European populations are aging – the proportion of those older than 50 …

How Can You Tell a Great Leader When You See One? Look for This 1 Uncommon Sign

This is the stuff of which legacies are made, careers advance, and companies ultimately flourish.<p>Many of us have to make decisions that define who we are. It's often arriving at the crossroads of choosing between towing the line or doing the difficult, unpopular thing. And sometimes, doing what you …

Leadership

12 books you should read before starting a business

If you want to start a business, you'll need advice on where to start, what pitfalls to anticipate, and how best to spend your time and money to get your idea off the ground.<p>While you may be tempted to spring for classes, seminars, and training sessions, books are the most accessible and affordable …

Mark Cuban Says Sales is the Key to Success in Any Field. Studies Say Focus on this 1 Thing to Improve Instantly | Inc.com

Not too long ago, Mark Cuban was asked on the podcast,<i>How I Built This, on</i> what he would do if he had to start all over again from scratch. "I would get a job as a bartender at night and a sales job during the day," he responded.<p>According to Cuban, sales is the foundation for success in any …

Body Language

This self-help startup book says a lot about what’s wrong with Silicon Valley

Startups often get in trouble for trying to cut corners on their way to success. Look at Uber, Hubble, Zenefits, and Theranos, to name a few. That success justifies unconventional tactics and demands breakneck growth is an idea that’s pervasive in Silicon Valley, and is increasingly cemented in …

Amazon pushes further into insurance with its latest investment

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>US-based retail giant Amazon is said to be investing circa $15.7 million in Indian insurtech Acko, which provides online-only insurance products.<p>Under the deal, Amazon's Indian …

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Cuban Consume 50 Books a Year (More or Less). Here Are 8 You Need to Read in 2018 | Inc.com

The world's most successful business leaders--Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Cuban among them--are prolific readers. According to some studies, CEOs consume as many as 50 to 60 books a year. If you're seeing this article on the first week back at the office after New Year's and aren't already …

Bill Gates

Want to Be a Better Leader This Year? Start With This 1 Rare Habit | Inc.com

In Robert K. Greenleaf's classic 1970 essay, "The Servant as Leader," he recorded his personal observations over the course of 38 years (while employed at AT&T) and confidently determined that the best leaders are "servant leaders."<p>Since that time, the servant leadership movement has gained steady …

Team Building

The 9 Best Leadership Books to Buy in 2018

The 9 Best Leadership Books to Buy in 2018<p>Our favorite books will help you become a better leader<p>Updated February 04, 2018<p>Alexander the Great once …

The 10 Best Books of 2017, According to Barack Obama | Inc.com

What has former president Barack Obama been doing since leaving office in January 2017? There was jury duty, a few speeches, kitesurfing with Richard Branson, and of course some golf, but it looks like our last president still had plenty of time to kill last year.<p>"With some extra time on my hands …

Books

Global stocks steady ahead of expected Fed rate hike

Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Wednesday ahead of an expected interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve.<p>KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent 13,172 while France's CAC-40 fell 0.3 percent at 5,413. London's FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 7,511. On …

3 Things Your Boss Really Wants You to Know (But Will Never Tell You) | Inc.com

Communication in the workplace is one of the hardest topics to master. Do you wish your boss would stop micromanaging? Do you wish your boss would give you more feedback because you never know what she's thinking?<p>One of the big things I've learned over the past 6 years growing Triplemint is that …

Career Development

Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren't Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason | Inc.com

According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day, and 18 percent of them are busy acting out their …

Employee Engagement

34 Words You Can Use in Your Resume to Highlight Your Leadership Skills | Inc.com

One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, "I'm one hell of a leader!" as they change jobs.<p>It's one thing to be good at tasks, projects, and areas of specialization, but if you're aspiring to manage teams, you simply …

Leadership

6 Ways to Invest Your Time Like a World-Class Leader

One question has fascinated me my entire adult life: what causes some people to become world-class leaders, performers and changemakers, while most …

This 1 Bad Habit Prevents Millennials From Achieving Financial Freedom, According to a Millennial Who Retired at 28 | Inc.com

Dandan, who turned 30 recently, also hosts a popular podcast, <i>Daily Dandan</i>, in which she dishes out punchy, practical career advice for professionals of all stripes.<p>I met up with Dandan in a coffee shop in Boston, where she shared several pieces of tough-love-style advice for Millennials struggling …

Personal Finance

How This Immigrant Entrepreneur Built A $5 Billion Healthcare Company

I interviewed Shradha Agarwal, the co-founder and president of Outcome Health, the Chicago-based healthcare technology company that earlier this year raised $500 million from investors such as Goldman Sachs and Google at a $5 billion valuation.<p>Founded in 2006, Outcome Health is building the world’s …

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Email to Employees Displays His Brilliant Leadership IQ on Hurricane Harvey Crisis Management | Inc.com

When you're the CEO of an organization like Apple, you might as well hit "Reply All" to the world when you send an all-company email.<p>Uncorked in a BuzzFeed News article, Tim Cook addressed all Apple employees and opened up about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.<p>Although the email took …

The 5 Greatest Lessons I Learned Working With Steve Jobs During the Apple Turnaround

If you're ever given the opportunity to help turn an ailing company around, don't listen to the naysayers. Stick around -- and learn.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Working at Apple between the early 1990s through the early 2000s was an exceptionally exciting time, …

Ten Red Flags That Scream 'Don't Take This Job Offer'

Dear Liz,<p>I got a job offer yesterday and I’m wondering whether or not to accept it.<p>The company seems solid. Two friends of mine work there and they like it, but they also have better jobs than the one I got offered.<p>The HR person told me that the company is starting every new hire in entry-level …

Here's How a 5-Minute Freezing Cold Shower Can Help You Succeed | Inc.com

The most successful people don't get to the top by doing things like everyone else. One thing they typically have in common: Consistently doing the right things, day in and out. Here's what more than two dozen high achieving executives say are their secrets to getting ahead in business and life.<p>1. …

The Wizards From Oz: How Two Aussies Made Billions Quietly Powering SpaceX, Airbnb And NASA

Fresh off the red-eye from San Francisco, Mike Cannon-Brookes enters a rented office space in Midtown Manhattan to seal the biggest deal in his company’s history. Dressed in a Detroit Tigers T-shirt and blue baseball cap, he greets the room in an undulating Australian twang. Seated around a …

No-fee stock trading app Robinhood is now officially worth $1.3 billion

The Series C round was led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and included Josh Kushner's Thrive Capital. Robinhood's total funding is now $176 million.<p>Robinhood launched in December 2014 and quickly became a favorite among younger people looking to invest without paying $7 or more per …

$9 billion startup Stripe is automating the complicated process of starting a company

Now the $9 billion payments company has realized that Atlas is something entrepreneurs throughout the United States want too.<p>Atlas automates the complicated process of starting a company into a filling out a short web form. Atlas then takes care of incorporating a company in Delaware, setting up a …

5 Ways This Gutsy Entrepreneur Got Mark Cuban's Attention in Minutes | Inc.com

We all sometimes hope that, if we're able to land just the right email or message to the right person, it just might land us the right job or opportunity. Billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban receives a steady flood of email messages every day. According to Cuban, he …

Why Business Owners Should Never Pay Bills On Time

A few years ago, in the New York Times Best Seller, “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing,” George Cloutier, the founder and CEO of American Management Services, gave some rather unconventional business management advice: “Never pay your bills on time!”<p>Admitting that this was a concept …

9 Ways to Recognize a Real Leader

Look closely and you'll see who they really are.<p>Writer and Personal Branding Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is a trait many are quick to claim but few truly deserve.<p>To be a leader does not mean wearing the title of "leader." It's not something you …