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The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

Sticking to a new habit isn’t easy — but if you set up your habit change smartly, you can make it stick.<p>Starting a new habit isn’t too hard — we …

What Hiring Managers Really Want To Know When They Ask, ‘What Are Your Hobbies?’

Jason/Flickr When you're in the hot seat interviewing for a job, you're answering questions such as "What's your greatest weakness?" and "Why should …

6 Ways to Improve Your Conversations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The solution to the age-old problem of understanding others may be as simple as taking the time to improve your active listening skills. Active listening is all about building rapport, understanding and trust.<p>Your “likability” factor is …

15 Must-Have Apps for Android Wear

Last month at Google I/O, Android Wear was finally launched and two devices were released running the new platform; the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live and the LG G Watch.<p>Android Wear may only be a month old, but there are already a number of great apps for the smartwatch platform emerging …

Adam Grant: How to Be a Giver, Not a Matcher | Inc.com

Wharton business professor Adam Grant divides the world into three types of people: givers, takers, and matchers.<p>Most of us, he says, are matchers, meaning we try to keep an even balance of giving and taking. In business, and in life, however, being transactional when it comes to giving and taking …

Adam Grant

How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Hiring Process | Inc.com

Hiring new employees is a multi-stage process. First, you have to find promising candidates. Then, you have to screen them, conduct interviews, perform due diligence, negotiate terms, etc. But a long hiring process can create potential stumbling blocks for smart managers, particularly when …

Human Resources

5 Ways to Fix a Key Behavior that Undermines Relationships | Inc.com

A couple of weeks ago, I worked with a leadership team on a new thematic goal. After successfully coming up with a new short-term strategic goal, the president asked to talk with me. What happened next surprised me.<p>The president said he wanted to fire the CTO. "I just can't stand how much he hates …

Fun-Da-Mental

How to Collect What's Due Without Offending Customers | Inc.com

One aspect I enjoyed about owning a mortgage company was never having to chase receivables. Escrow would close and money would be wired straight to my account. But now as a consultant I regularly deal with the challenge experienced by most companies, chasing dough.<p>Receivables are a delicate matter. …

Customers

2 Ways to Quickly Expand Your Network | Inc.com

<i>Good karma.</i><p><i>What goes around comes around.</i><p><i>You reap what you sow.</i><p>Whether or not one believes those things, we all hope to enjoy the boomerang benefits of good behavior. In his fantastic book "Give and Take," Wharton professor Adam Grant argues that "success depends heavily on how we approach our …

Entrepreneurship

10 Ways to Establish Yourself (or Your Brand) as a Thought Leader | Inc.com

The more your target market is exposed to your brand, the more the people in that market will recognize you as a thought leader, feel a connection, and buy from you. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies you can use to establish your expertise in your niche.<p><b>1. Publish Plenty of Free …

Marketing

5 Things Your Startup Can't Afford to Overlook | Inc.com

Launching something from the ground up is exciting, but it also can be scary. Am I covering all my bases? How will people find me? Do I have enough money?<p>I started my email marketing company, VerticalResponse, in 2001. It's been a wild ride watching it go from a scrappy startup to an established …

Small Business

Beyond Mentors: The Secret Weapon to Fast-Track Success | Inc.com

While interviewing for what became my first "real" job, I interacted extensively with the senior leader who was responsible for the final hiring decision. He mentioned that someone on his team was out on travel and could not participate in the interview process, but that I was going to be working …

Leadership

7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (but Mere Managers Always Fear) | Inc.com

When I think about the difference between <i>great leaders</i> and <i>mere managers</i>, I think back to a day when I put my foot in my mouth.<p>I was working as a lawyer for a giant government bureaucracy then. One of my bosses had a fancy title, but everyone referred to him simply as a "manager." One day, he was …

Public Policy

20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day | Inc.com

All the successful people I know have at least one thing they make sure to do every day; one thing they feel contributes greatly to their success.<p>Some of the following are tech entrepreneurs, while others run more conventional businesses. For variety, I've also included a restaurateur and celebrity …

Success

Trimming the Fat: How to Evaluate Your Business Partnerships

<i>Jim Ivers is the Chief Security Strategist for Covata.</i><p>For any industry, partnerships are the lifeblood to a successful and long-lasting business. Like any meaningful relationship, strong partnerships are not built overnight, nor do they happen by chance. They are the result of hard work, constant …

The Top 5 Mistakes Creatives Make With Their Business | Inc.com

Most creatives start their journey in business something like this:<p>They get good at their craft.<br>• They build a website.<br>• They set up their social media profiles.<p>And then... <i>they wait for clients to hire them</i>.<p>As good as we are at making our art, creative folk miss one of the most important requirements …

Web Design

5 Free Apps For Making Good Habits And Breaking Bad Ones

We threw down the first “Habits Challenge” gauntlet today–check it out here–on wrangling your inbox using auto-replies. If you’re ready to crush the competition (the competition is yourself), this habit-tracking edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t …

3 No-Nonsense Tips For Promoting Yourself or Your Business | Inc.com

Remember back in college when you'd get ready to go out for a night with your friends? More often than not you'd spend way longer than you needed getting ready, picking out your outfit, doing your hair, etc: all to showcase the most attractive version of yourself.<p>When you'd get wherever you were …

Marketing

5 Relationship-Killing Client On-Boarding Mistakes You Probably Won’t Recover From | Inc.com

Landing a new client is a great feeling, isn't it?<p>You might celebrate with your team, especially if the acquisition is a "big fish;" one you've been chasing and hoped to lock down.<p>You know what sucks, though? When you accidentally poison the new client relationship from the start.<p>This can happen …

Management

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home | Inc.com

I wrote the first draft of this column before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, working in my pajamas at the standing desk in my home office.<p>A new study says I have good company in that kind of work flexibility, and not just among entrepreneurs and those who work for themselves. Nearly one-third of full-time …

Time Management

Malcolm Gladwell on Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Troublemakers | Inc.com

As a <i>New Yorker</i> staff writer and best-selling author, Malcolm Gladwell has written extensively about some of the most disruptive innovators in the history of business.<p>While many of the characteristics these entrepreneurs share are somewhat obvious, you'd be surprised to hear what traits Gladwell …

Entrepreneurship

5 Reasons Not to Hate Your Competitors | Inc.com

When I owned my coffeehouse (2001 to 2004), people frequently asked me if I hated Starbucks. I didn't. After all, Starbucks is responsible for re-introducing the culture of coffee in the United States and for establishing it in countries where the café culture never before existed. Starbucks put …

Business Strategy

2 Secrets to Steve Jobs’s Success That Can Help Your Startup Grow | Inc.com

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after it acquired NeXT, he brought with him two essential concepts without which Apple would never have achieved its mind-boggling success.<p>While few of us will have a fraction of Jobs's talent, we all can learn these concepts and apply them to our</b> …

App Store

10 Reasons Customers Will Pay More | Inc.com

Customers always want to pay as little as possible, right? Not so fast. Customers often willingly pay more for a product even when they can get a functionally similar (or even identical) product elsewhere for less. Here's why:<p><b>1. Your product is easier to buy.</b><p>Customers hate futzing around with …

eCommerce

3 Qualities of Exceptionally Gifted Leaders | Inc.com

The word "gifted" is a bit too overused in business. You might say someone is gifted at programming or has an exceptional ability with numbers. Often, what looks like a gift is really just a learned skill. Yet when it comes to leadership in a small business, there does seem to be an upper echelon. …

Employment

The Importance of 'True Grit' in Business | Inc.com

One rainy weekend afternoon recently, I was able to convince my teenage daughter to take a break from texting and watch the movie <i>True Grit</i> with me. She had started reading the Charles Portis classic on her Kindle last summer, and her progress getting through the book was slow, with its almost …

Self-improvement

How to Track Down a Great Speaker for Your Next Event

There are many key elements to a successful business conference. The venue, the food, and the purpose of the conference are all important. But there …

Track Down

Those Things No One Tells You Before You Start a Business | Inc.com

Sometimes the best gift others can give us is their mistakes and misconceptions. We're all hesitant to share our screw-ups and embarrassing moments, but if we can bring ourselves to be honest about what we failed to understand, we can help others avoid those pitfalls (though only, of course, to …

Self-confidence

5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re on a plane traveling to your next meeting, taking vacation on the beach, or out on the prairie, there are five must-read books you need to bring with you. It’s a list of new bestsellers and old classics and, no matter the …

12 Things Product Managers Should Do in Their First 30 Days

<i>Ken Norton is a product partner at Google Ventures where he advises startups on product management and also helps organize workshops.</i><p>Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. Perhaps you’re joining a small startup, or maybe you have a new project in a big company. How you approach …