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The sweet smell of success | Seth's Blog

No one talks about what color the success is, just how it smells.<p>When Amanda Palmer was busking on the streets of Harvard Square, she made enough to …

Startups, stop choosing names that aren’t actual words

The latest startup boom has led to the creation of at least 161 companies that end in “ly,” “lee,” and “li,” which is, naming consultants tell us, 160 too many. There’s feedly, bitly, contactually, cloudly, along with a bunch of other company-LYS, all of which you can find on this Pinterest board, …

Startups

Flip Your Org Chart Upside Down

To make your customers happy, put them at the top of your chain of command.<p>Most companies have organization charts like this:<p>Unfortunately, visualizing your organization this way creates broken thinking. It encourages the notion of a "chain of command" where "decision-makers" control the behaviors …

Management

5 Building Blocks of Great Company Culture

Want to improve people's lives, not just your business agenda? Invest in your company culture for the ultimate win-win. Here's how.<p>The fall of 2010 was a transitional year for me. In August of that year, I finished six labor-intensive years of doctoral work in Counseling Psychology. In November, a …

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and overloaded? You have way more control over your time and productivity than you realize.<p>We're always complaining about how little time we have and how overwhelmed we are. We whine about all the interruptions and communication overload. We spend all sorts of time …

4 Tips to Fail Profitably

Yes, profitably. Here's how to take back failure--and turn it into something positive and productive.<p><i>"Learn to fall before you learn to fly" --Paul Simon</i><p>Failure gets such a bad rap. For something that everyone does (some more than others) in every industry, business, and country in the world--why …

Business Strategy

How to Do Your Own PR

Why pay big money to a PR firm when it's so easy to get media coverage? Here's how to do it on your own.<p>When you're starting a business, the best ways to acquire new customers is to build some media buzz. And that means doing some of what's usually called "public relations" or PR.<p>Most entrepreneurs …

Public Relations

The Self-Mastery Secrets Of CEOs

We can only control what we control. That seemingly simple idea can yield big results.<p><i>“The hardest victory is the victory over self.”</i><br>– Aristotle<p>CEOs are different people than most, according to a recent survey of about 1,000 top leaders in the U.S. by John R. Graham, Campbell R. Harvey, and Manju …

Paul Spiegelman: How to Find the Right Investor | Inc.com

The Secret to Improving Accountability

People try to get things done, but stuff often falls through the cracks. Here's how to make yourself and everyone else more accountable.<p>Nothing is more frustrating in a work environment then when things fall through the cracks.<p>Most of the time, it's not intentional. At the rate that business moves …

The Hardest Word: Why Saying No Is Key To Your Long-Term Success

We’re all conditioned to avoid conflict and say yes, even to counterproductive requests and assignments. Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk of creative leadership lab Swim argue for the power of no and explain why and how saying that little word can lead to longer-term success.<p>It was pretty much a typical …

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

Stephen King

Nate Silver, 2013’s Most Creative Person, Is Leaving The New York Times for ESPN

The Times‘ resident statistician is taking his brand of info inside baseball to America’s biggest sports media company.<p>Nate Silver, the writer and numbers geek who topped <i>Fast Company’s</i> 100 Most Creative People list, is leaving <i>The New York Times</i> for ESPN. He will be bringing his blog FiveThirtyEight …

How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand

See how Jenna Lyons has taken J.Crew from ugly duckling to fashion arbiter.<p>Jenna Lyons is in her corner office sucking on an iced coffee as if it were manna. The room looks like a cross between a boudoir and an artist’s loft, with a peach fur draped over a white leather eames chair. The industrial …

What The Anytime, Anywhere Workplace Really Means For Your Work, Life Balance

The widespread availability of smartphones and tablets is tipping the work, life balance, and not always in your favor. Here are tips for retaining your sanity.<p>The recent E2 Conference in Boston was abuzz about our changing work, life balance, thanks to the widespread availability of smartphones …

Why Being An Eternal Newbie Leads To Awesome Work

Set yourself in beginner mode. Develop a beginner’s mind. Our tools are constantly changing, so we need to get real good at learning.<p>“You will be newbie forever,” declared <i>Wired</i> cofounder Kevin Kelly. “Get good at the beginner mode, learning new programs, asking dumb questions, making stupid …

What Quirks Make Your (And Our) Office Great?

It’s show and tell time! You told us what makes your office special (thanks a lot–we can’t stop daydreaming about an office dog), and now we’re revealing what we like about our digs.<p>Everybody wants a cool office.<p>Sure, most of us don’t get to work in a place as awesome as, say, the International …

Why Your iPhone Addiction Is Snuffing Your Creativity

Having a stimulation fix in your pocket isn’t always the best for you. In praise of the power of boredom.<p><i>Are tweets, statuses, pins, pokes, and pixels dominating your life? This week, as part of our #unplug series, we’re re-posting some of our most popular stories from the archives, with a special</i> …

Cheap food is an addiction we must break

The brilliant American writer Wendell Berry once wrote that "eating is an agricultural act". His point was that since we all eat, we're all …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …