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The Big Problem With Small-Business Websites (Infographic) | Inc.com

Your customers today expect to be able to go online and easily find information about your company as well as ways that they interact with you. For many small businesses, however, this isn't the case. The infographic below, created by Column Five Media for legal practice management software …

5 Habits That Effective Team Members Should Never Outgrow

As a former Navy SEAL, I have had the blessing of being part of one of the most team-oriented cultures that has ever existed. To be part of an elite team you must develop the types of habits that will positively contribute to mission success.<p>The term “habit” generally has a negative connotation, …

8 Things Really Efficient People Do | Inc.com

Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don't enjoy and more on the things that bring satisfaction, happiness and profit. Some people are actually very adept at efficiency. They manage every manageable moment so they have more …

Disrupting Behavior: 4 Companies Boosting Business By Changing Behaviors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some of the most disruptive startups didn’t just change an industry – they changed how we live. There’s a wave of new companies who hope to change peoples’ habits and become the next Uber, Facebook or Airbnb.<p><b>Company:</b> Cover - …

Forget Steve Jobs. Model This Entrepreneur Instead | Inc.com

By now it seems everyone has read Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs. Though the book is masterfully written and its subject was certainly brilliant, it does sometimes seem that many people use the Apple founder’s example as license to berate and belittle everyone they come …

The CEO Of Intuit Says All Successful Leaders Do These 3 Things

And according to Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit, they almost always do these three things:<p>The very best leaders don't feel the need to have all of the answers, Smith explains in a recent LinkedIn post. "They surround themselves with great people, and ask the right questions." It's not what …

Brain Science And 12 Steps To Employee Loyalty

Loyal employees can bring some BIG benefits. First and foremost, loyal employees satisfy customers. And, satisfied customers become loyal customers (a/k/a repeat business) who generate new business referrals and are less price-sensitive. Additionally, loyal employees who tend to stay put, help keep …

6 Practices to Boost Your Chances of Success in Life and Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all define success differently. For some, it might be the ability to purchase a nice car or take a fabulous vacation. For others, it might mean being able to provide for one’s family. I think it’s important to take the time to …

How Good Managers Manage Emotions

There’s no way around it. Managers matter.<p>Many organizations minimize the link between their managers’ human skills and overall employee performance. But over and over, the research confirms that old gut sense: A manager is generally the most important factor in bringing out a worker’s best …

5 Free Apps For Mapping Your Mind

If you need to untangle the ideas floating around in your brainstorming sessions, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll last–so don’t wait too long.<p><b>SimpleMind (Android and iOS)</b><p>Owning up to the name, reviewers call the app …

How to Take Control of a Difficult Conversation | Inc.com

I'm sure it's happened to you. You walk into a room, answer the phone, or open an email, and you're ambushed by someone who's angry about a real or perceived grievance. It could be a client, a co-worker, a boss, or even a family member.<p>What do you do?<p>For most of us, that moment triggers a …

10 Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything

We need to get good at it, since the tools we use to do our jobs are changing every year.<p>In a recent Quora thread, users answered the question: What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners" follow? We've outlined some of the best ideas for for optimizing the learning process, along …

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking | Inc.com

It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. Most of us develop a stable of people with whom we like to work. We know their styles, and they know ours. It's comfortable and expedient. It is easy …

Self-improvement

What I Learned From a Two-Year IRS Audit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few months ago I finished working on one of the most challenging projects I have ever worked on as an entrepreneur: an audit by the IRS that lasted more than two years. Not knowing what to expect and learning about the intricacies that …

How to Be More Confident: 13 Simple Tips | Inc.com

Are you as confident as you'd like to be? Few people would answer "yes" to that question. But, according to Becky Blalock, author and former Fortune 500 executive, anyone can learn to be more confident. And it's a skill we can teach ourselves.<p>Begin by forgetting the notion that confidence, …

You CAN Learn a New Language — Just Use One of These 3 Apps

Learning a new language used to mean taking years of classes in high school. When you graduated, you knew enough Spanish, French, or German to buy a …

Language Learning

How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

We are all lean now — or soon will be. As the world becomes more digitized, generating more information surrounding products and services and speeding up processes, large and small companies in every industry, even manufacturing, are starting to compete more like the software industry, with short …

5 Easy Ways to Write Better Emails | Inc.com

Business email accounts aren't sexy. They've been in widespread use for decades, and even the services that so many of us use have been around forever. (Gmail turns 10 this month, and Hotmail is going on 18 years old.) Despite a remarkable lack of innovation, however, email is still by far the most …

10-Minute Mobility Routine For Runners

<i>Learn the difference between flexibility and mobility, and focus on the latter.</i><p>As a runner you don’t need to be especially flexible. A normal range …

Glute Strengthening Workout

Put injuries behind you by working this key—but often neglected—muscle group.<p>For the past decade, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists like me have told runners to “work your core”—the muscles of your torso that support your every move. And so many runners have added crunches and planks that …