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4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

How I quit my job to travel: The banker

Marcello Arrambide invested everything he had learning to trade in the stock market. But the ultimate goal was never fame or fortune. It was freedom.<p>When people first discovered that I had borrowed $25,000 in student loans to fund a new day trading career just out of high school, they thought I was …

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink …

The Customer Data You Need to Drive Sales | Inc.com

When you are scaling a consumer products company, scoring a large order with a retailer has obvious benefits. It helps you reach minimum orders, broadens brand exposure to consumers and serves as a marketing channel for your own website and stores.<p>In my past life as an investor, I have seen …

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Selling | Inc.com

There are thousands of "how to sell" books and training courses available everywhere around the world. However, everything you need to know about selling really boils down to the following simple rules:<p>1. Specialize in selling one thing.<p>The notion that a great salesperson can sell anything to …

7 Things You Can Do on Friday to Make Monday Awesome | Inc.com

Most people get excited that Friday is here, especially if the week has been hectic and packed. But often Fridays can seem like a waste (especially before holidays). Your brain, in anticipation of the time off, just says: <i>I have had enough! Bring on the downtime.</i> Then the afternoon just drags on and …

Productivity

Do you have these four kinds of business mentors?

Finding a mentor or personal adviser can be intimidating to female founders. Women often have a Superman complex – we rarely seek advice because we believe we should be able to do everything, know everything, and <i>be</i> everything to everyone. But my co-founder Brittany and I have found that to truly …

7 Productivity Apps You Can't Live Without

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Productivity Apps

Ten words to cut from your writing

As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing.<p>When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need – such as the 10 included in this post:<p><b>1. Just:</b> The word "just" is a …

3 Ways to Motivate Salespeople With More Than Just Money | Inc.com

Stop for a second to think about what really motivates a salesperson. Recent research from Aberdeen Group found that the No. 1 motivator is money. (Shocker!) Following that is competition with peers and recognition for a job well done.<p>Sales leaders focus on financial motivations by giving …

3 New Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read | Inc.com

Leadership is a learned skill, not a natural attribute. And, as with any skill, you can always learn more--about how to handle conflicts with investors, deal with employees demanding more pay, or handle a PR nightmare. Here are several new leadership books that offer sage advice from leaders who …

Talent Shortage: How EdTech Stands to Serve Recruiters | Inc.com

Most of the focus on innovations in education--MOOCs, for starters, but also less formal online learning communities like Codecademy or Lynda--tend to focus on two things: the looming disruption of traditional education and the opportunity for just about anybody to sharpen their skills.<p>A sometimes …

8 Steps to Launch an Idea, in Just a Few Hours | Inc.com

Now that "lean" methodology has taken hold of startup culture, many founders and internal innovation teams grasp the virtue of creating a "minimum viable product" or MVP: An initial prototype they can show to potential customers and investors, in the interest of collecting feedback and making …

5 Things Your Employees Are Afraid to Ask You | Inc.com

When you are busy running a business, providing a culture of communication is often not as easy as you would think. Working long hours day to day with the same people can breed complacency, which takes away from an environment of great performance. In a fast-growing, fast-moving company, providing …

The Problem with Being Too Nice

Leaders are placed under a tremendous amount of pressure to be relatable, human and … nice. Many yield to this instinct, because it feels much easier to be liked. Few people want to be the bad guy. But leaders are also expected to make the tough decisions that serve the company or the team’s best …

From Generation Me to Generation We: How Millennials Are Changing Business

Talk about harsh. The <i>TIME</i> magazine cover last May cried: "The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with …

99 Sites That Every Professional Should Know About and Use

With an endless number of sites, tools, and resources out there, how do you know what’s worth your time? Well, we know just how busy you are, so we …

This “Airbnb For Skills” Will Liberate You From Your 9 To 5

Can Avbl take the gig economy to the next level?<p>More people are freelancing than ever before–by some estimates, around 42 million Americans. But entrepreneur Ryan Hooks thinks that eventually almost everyone will be able to leave their office jobs, and he’s built a new website called Avbl to …

Freelancing

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …