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11 Fascinating Books on Harvard Business School's Required Reading List

Looking for some great reads? Check out this list of intriguing books from Harvard Business School courses' online syllabi.

Secrets Second-Time Entrepreneurs Know About Managing Money

The failure rate of start-ups is close to 90%. So with 9 out of 10 start-ups headed for failure—and I speak from experience—financial management tops the list of challenges for first-time entrepreneurs.<p>Being aware, smart and surgical with your capital will not only make you one of the few …

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Win The Talent War By Getting All Your People Using LinkedIn

The 2013 Edelman trust barometer revealed that “66% of people trust a company’s employees on internal programs, benefits and working conditions [more] than any other stakeholder.” Your employees are vital to successful employer branding. Not only are they critical to inspiring candidates to join …

The Business Case For Meditation

How mindfulness training helps software company Yesware “be more effective, build better software, (and) sell more of it.”<p>Matthew Bellows dropped out of Brown his sophomore year in 1988. His father had gone to Brown; Bellows had a rebellious streak, and this was his rebellion. Bellows wandered the …

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful

As entrepreneurs, leaders, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think about we are projecting into the future.<p>Read on to find the words of wisdom that will inspire your heart, motivate your mind in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and …

14 Things Productive People Do In The First 15 Minutes Of The Workday

The first 15 minutes of your workday sets the tone for the rest of your workday.<p>If you are already too busy at the start of your workday, imagine …

Articles about 6 clean modern kitchens on Dwell.com - Dwell

Seaside or lakeside, waterfront houses evoke a sense of peace. Here are 6 of our favorites.<p>The right workspace can transform your creative life. Dwell puts six desks to the test.<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's April 2015 issue.<p>Hailing from Burgundy, France, chef and …

10 Things Productive People Do Before Bed

The most productive people all have certain habits in their daily routines that contribute to their success. They understand that their success …

Too Busy to Network? Make Time With These 15 Tips | Inc.com

People are key to a company's success, and that means taking the time to network and build relationships. But with such limited time, how can entrepreneurs manage to keep existing contacts close and meet new people--and still get work done?<p>It is possible, and it boils down to developing some …

A Rare Interview With Graphic Design Legend Massimo Vignelli

From 2006, the late designer shares the story behind his infamous New York subway map and why typographic elegance will prevail.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Can you talk about the map you designed for the New York subway system in the ’70s?</b><br>Such a controversial thing. It’s funny, but I realized the other day the …

Three ways to get more customers and increase loyalty

As a business owner, you have to be committed to constantly evaluating your business practices and making necessary changes if you want to see growth. If your small business is stagnant or not as profitable as it should be, sitting on your thumbs waiting for things to improve won't help.<p>You have to …

5 Types of Business Insurance You Never Knew Existed | Inc.com

Insurance is one of those things that entrepreneurs hate to think about but know they need to have. Operating a small business without proper insurance can lead to big problems if your products cause some sort of harm to consumers or key assets get damaged or stolen. Since launching my small …

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Sam Harris on the Paradox of Meditation and How to Stretch Our Capacity for Everyday Self-Transcendence

Montaigne believed that meditation is the finest exercise of one’s mind and David Lynch uses it as an anchor of his creative integrity. Over the centuries, the ancient Eastern practice has had a variety of exports and permutations in the West, but at no point has it been more vital to our sanity …

Can We Give Up Procrastination In One Month?

This month we’ll identify our most important task, master getting started, and learn to refocus when procrastination tries to creep in.<p>Like many people, I’m skilled in the art of procrastination. The excuses I give myself range from, “There’s not enough time to finish” to “I really don’t want to …

Rem Koolhaas: “There’s Been Very Little Rethinking Of What Cities Can Be”

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect dishes on cities, what architecture and film have in common, and the idiocy of design competitions.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Why is the design of so many cities so bad?</b> <b><br>Rem Koolhaas:</b> Very few cities these days are really designed, and that may be partly the problem, the …

10 Avocado Recipes for Weight Loss

Besides tasting beyond delicious, avocados can also help lower blood pressure, banish bloat, quell hunger pangs and fry stubborn belly fat. It really …