Shukoor Ahmed

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Sorry, Millennials -- You Are Not Entrepreneurs

Younger entrepreneurs should look to their older counterparts for guidance to be successful in the business world.<p>Most millennials that I meet consider themselves entrepreneurs, or at least innovators. The editor of MiLLENNiAL Magazine, Britt Hysen, claims that 60 percent of millennials consider …

Entrepreneurship

Mark Cuban Gives Millennial Entrepreneur 1 Critical Piece of Life-Changing Advice for Success

nstead of a deal, Cuban gives this young entrepreneur valuable advice.<p>Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard to build Facebook. Steve Jobs only lasted six months at Reed College. If you're a young entrepreneur with a promising startup that's already raking in some dough, should you bypass college entirely to …

Success

Why You Don't Need a Business Plan (And the 1 Thing You Need Instead)

It's a mentality, not a piece of paper.<p>There are a great many entrepreneurs who sit around all day brainstorming the perfect idea.<p>First of all, no great business comes from a long day of sitting at your desk wondering what will work. Great businesses are the product of trying, failing, iterating, …

Entrepreneurship

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

The Simple Reason to Learn to Lead Yourself First

Leading others before you know your direction can lead you nowhere, or in circles.<p>Inc. readers love leading. We love learning to lead better.<p>Usually that means learning to lead others. Leading others sounds sexier.<p>In my leadership courses and workshops, nearly everyone prefers the exercises that …

Leadership

7 Lifestyle Changes You Must Adopt to Build Your Business on the Side

You won't create a new life for yourself if you don't change how you're living your current one.<p>Building a business on the side isn't for everyone. You'll need to sacrifice much even while you learn new things. Creating your own startup is challenging even when you dedicate full-time effort. When …

Entrepreneurship

8 Ways to Build a Culture of Trust Based on Harvard's Neuroscience Research

A culture of trust yields higher engagement, happier employees, greater productivity, and higher profits. And it all starts in the brain.<p>PWC's 2016 Global CEO Survey revealed that 50% of CEOs worldwide consider lack of trust to be a major threat to their organizational growth.<p>Paul J. Zak, Harvard …

Leadership

Quiz: 'Are You a Natural-Born Leader?' Measure Your Leadership Ability in 4 Questions.

Your leadership strength boils down to these four behaviors.<p>Effective leadership is important -- it’s the vital ingredient to a company or organization’s health, reports McKinsey research.<p>What great leadership boils down to is simply a subset of behaviors. Findings show that among the organizations …

Leadership

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

Mindfulness

According to Science, This Is the Best Way to Gain Power and Influence Others

The old power model is about to get a swift kick in the rear by the new power model (and it's totally the opposite of what you think).<p>One sure path to rise in power remains doing so through such means as coercion, deception, force and disregard for people. It is how many organizations operate and, …

You've Got 60 Seconds to Impress. 5 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Why mentioning Bill Gates, the CIA, or your dog won't give you a leg up on a hiring resume.<p>I was recently brought in by a company to coach a Millennial who was on a fast track for becoming a C-suite executive. This person's red-hot rise to the top had been interrupted by a photo they had placed of …

How to change minds and influence people's behaviour

Neuroscientist and author Tali Sharot's new book explores how we influence the people around us

Psychology

How to Know When a Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

Finding a winning idea, and building a company with that idea in mind, is always a struggle.<p>There's a stat that every entrepreneur has heard at least once -- nine out of 10 business ideas will fail.<p>Entrepreneurship is a gamble. And with the chips stacked against you, it's difficult to know whether …

Entrepreneurship

This 1 Skill Makes Great Leaders. Hint: You're Not Born With it

Becoming an effective leader starts with putting in the work.<p>Leading isn't about always being your best but it's always about giving your best. This rule hasn't changed since the beginning of time.<p>People don't expect leaders to be perfect. They just expect them to push themselves to become better …

This startup is a year into an employment experiment — no perks, lower pay, and you're free after 2 years

• <b>Jolt is a career development startup with employees in San Francisco, New York, and Tel Aviv.</b>• <b><br>About a year ago, Jolt started an employment experiment called "chapterships."</b>• <b><br>The program offers few perks and the pay isn't as high as at Google or Facebook, but it's designed to teach employees what they</b> …

Career Development

The 9 Types of Leadership

I recently read a great book called The 9 Types of Leadership, written by Beatrice Chestnut, an authority on the topic of leadership. Below is a summary of those 9 leadership styles, including some thoughts thereon. After you are done reading this list, figure out what type of leader you are, and …

Personality

How to Recognize When Someone Is Talking Rot, and Other Advice Harvard First-Year Students Just Heard

Expect to be wrong, identify when someone's talking rot, and learn from the person sitting next to you.<p>Expect to be wrong, and learn to recognize when someone is talking rot.<p>Those are two pieces of advice that 1,702 first-year students heard this week as they started their Harvard careers in …

The One Set Of Skills Every Leader Needs (But Many Lack)

No one is born a leader. You may start with a gift of leadership, but you have to work hard to develop it fully.<p>What makes a good leader?<p>The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you're talking to researchers or practitioners, there's not a lot of consensus. But there's one trait …

These Are the Things Your Startup Needs to Stop Doing Immediately

Founding and running a startup is hard.I’ve started over 5 companies in the past decade or so and been a partner in others. It’s an incredibly …

Entrepreneurship

MBA vs. Startup - What's the Better ROI for $100,000?

If you had $100,000 and two years of time, would you launch a startup or enroll in an MBA program?<p>Recently someone asked me a really good question: should I get an MBA or try to launch a startup? My question back to him, and anyone thinking about starting their own company, is the following: if you …

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 5 Uncommon Signs

It's what every employee with a heart beat wants from their bosses.<p>If you've ever had the privilege to work for one, have you noticed how the best of leaders have their best people's interests in mind? I mean, they genuinely care about the goals, career paths, and personal well-being of their …

Leadership

Think you're a good leader? You might need to read this.

by Anthony Mitchell<p>Ask people "Do you have above average looks?" Research shows that roughly 90 per cent will say yes. Ask "Do you have above average …

Why bad leaders think they are good leaders

Actor Steve Carell and actress Jenna Fischer attend a panel discussion for The Office in Beverly Hills. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images<p>Ask people “Do …

Why Reflective Leadership Is the Key to a Successful Purpose Transformation

If the people we're leading have changed, then so must how we lead them.<p>Perhaps more than any other generation, purpose is what inspires younger generations of workers to engage and put forth their best efforts in the workplace. So whether your organization has committed to a purpose transformation …

Leadership

Founder Struggles: How These Startups Overcame Their Obstacles (and What You Can Learn From How They Did It)

Every startup is going to have an uphill journey. Here's how you can survive the struggle.<p>Everyone wants to start a company. Open the doors, get your funding, then exit with a ton of cash. It may sound easy, but nothing can be further from the truth.<p>You will face many obstacles as a founder. …

Entrepreneurship

A 5-Year Study Reveals the Truth About What Each Generation Wants in the Workplace (It's Not What You Think)

Researchers analyzed data from over five million employees across the world to make comparisons across different generations. Here's what they found.<p>In this diverse global economy, it's not uncommon to find five generations working under one roof:<p>Traditionalists (1928 - 1944)<br>• Baby boomers (1945 - …

Millennials

How to React When You Have an Existential Crisis About Purpose and Meaning in Life

There is only one reaction that makes any sense when you realize how fleeting it all is.<p>Do we just cope in life or coast?<p>Those seem to be the two options lately. In the work world, you might be chained to a dead-end job. Your jail sentence might include an occasional coffee and trips to Chipotle …

Happiness

How to Get More Clients Without Being Pushy

Three steps to help you earn more sales without pushing potential clients away.<p>As someone who travels the country for a living, one of the questions I get asked is, “As a service professional, how can I get more clients without being pushy?”<p>Because let’s face it: getting clients as a coach, …

Marketing

OneSignal raises $7M for its free push notification tools

Push notifications are one of the main ways we connect with our apps — but according to OneSignal CEO George Deglin, most of the tools for managing those notifications are too expensive without offering the features that developers need.<p>Deglin’s company started out as a Y Combinator-backed mobile …

Startups

14 CEOs reveal the No. 1 job skill they look for in employees

There's no shortage of career advice out there and everyone from your favorite self help gurus to your least favorite in-law thinks they're an expert on the subject.<p>Good advice — useful, nuanced, and proven — is harder to come by.<p>After all, it's tough to suss out what employers value in their …

Leadership