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If Your Business Flops, It's Probably Due to One of These 7 Causes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Businesses fail every day. In fact, statistics show that the majority of new companies will fold within a few years. Why is that? What are the most common reasons for these flops?<p>Naturally, interested parties have generated a variety of …

Entrepreneurship

Artificially intelligent: A brief glossary of the ideas behind AI

What if the scariest thing about AI is the vocabulary test?<p>Sure, some people worry about machines putting an end to humanity as we know it, but that may be no more likely than a Mayan-predicted apocalypse. Artificial intelligence, though, may actually bring us lots of things we'll like: …

40 Days To Change Your Life

I'm sure you've heard of the long-held spiritual belief to the number 40, the philosophy behind it stating that it takes 20 days to break old habits and 20 days to form new ones.<p>I'm interested in knowing if this is just a mystical number or whether there's any proof that 40 is associated with …

Why A Culture of “How” Beats “What”

We live in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) and every day our employees encounter situations and questions, particularly …

Why Your Creative Mind Works The Best In The Cafe

You have dreams, aspirations and goals. And as a savvy hacker, you know that what you do day-to-day is directly tied to your future success. So you …

Six Myths of Employee Engagement

<i>Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the previous 12 months. We’ll be reposting each of the top</i> …

Who's Riding on Your "Me-Bus"?

<i>"I don't know why I said that."</i><p><i>"Something told me that was the right decision."</i><p><i>“I owe it to myself to take some time off.”</i><p>Our everyday figures of …

11 Happy Skills Everyone Should Learn Before They Turn 50

The acquisition of things rarely raises our happiness quotient, but the quest for them certainly lowers it.<p>1. How to count to 10.<p>Anger isn't your friend. In fact, learning to control it could add years to your life. A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in 2014 found …

Common Startup Pitfalls and Mistakes You Should Avoid

Experienced entrepreneurs know very well ways that they can avoid common pitfalls in new product and company development. This however is often not …

This is why start-up culture fades out fast

It all comes down to five truths about the way companies work. Understand these things and you’ll know exactly how your office ticks — and why.<p>What is corporate culture? And why should you care?<p>The thought crossed my mind the other day when I saw a presentation from a small consulting firm designed …

Combining and Connecting Organizations

Why do most mergers, partnerships and alliances fail to live up to expectations? Is it the finances, or the technology? Rarely. Is it the overly …

9 TEDx presentations that completely changed my life

I'm a big fan of TED. I've walked away with a better understanding of the human psyche, a better business acumen, and some truly astounding takeaways about the future of science and technology.<p>But just as impressive are the independently organized TEDx presentations, which, while following TED's …

This Is the Secret Sauce for Happy Employees

Before we get to the secret sauce for happy employees, let's first talk about happiness at work. It's tricky to focus on happiness at work. It's subjective, and too often leaders focus on making employees happy. This is the wrong focus.<p>Where leaders need to focus in terms of workplace happiness, is …

Employee Engagement

Complain All You Want, But Your Busy Schedule May Help Your Brain

Single mothers, untenured professors, young reporters and on-call doctors might have a thin silver lining for their hurried days and response for the people who insist on slowing down: All that hustling may translate into superior brain power as you get older, as a study finds that the busiest …

Cognition

Why scientists are infuriated with a New Yorker article on epigenetics

To say scientists are unhappy about the New Yorker's recent feature on epigenetic research might be an understatement. Here are some complaints, assembled by the biologist Jerry Coyne on his blog:<p>"The New Yorker article is so wildly wrong that it defies rational analysis," writes Walter Gilbert, a …

Here's An Idea That Could Change The Steel Industry

About three years ago, industrial giant thyssenkrupp announced it would focus on collaboration across its business areas to help achieve new targets for sustainable innovation. What it didn’t announce was how personal that initiative would be for its employees, starting with two chemical engineers …

Why Do You Hate The Word Moist? Science.

Okay, a lot of people hate the word “moist.” It just sounds gross, but why does it repulse us? A new study published in the journal PLOS One may have …

Research

Managing a Powerful Work Force: Performance Analytics, Not Time Tracking

In the future, not everyone will work on-demand, but time tracking and hourly billing will give way to real-time performance analytics. Think Uber ratings for projects.<p>During the Collision Conference, I had a distinct pleasure of meeting and speaking with Adam Miller, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone …

Are You Sure You’re Training the Right Things?

Not long ago a training consultant got a call from a sales manager who said, “We need sales training!”<p>The consultant answered, “Are you sure?”<p>The …

Why You Should Avoid Entrepreneurship

It is a ride many people dream about and most wish they had never gotten on.<p><i>This article was written for visionaries and masochists alike.</i><p>During a particularly tough business cycle, I asked my friend and mentor Rick Voirin about whether it was the right time for me to change the direction of one of …

Entrepreneurship

Take a hike: How walking doubles your creativity

Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50 percent more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.<p>So they extended the research a little …

The Cost of the Cultural Revolution, Fifty Years Later

In 1979, three years after the end of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping visited the United States. At a state banquet, he was seated near the actress Shirley MacLaine, who told Deng how impressed she had been on a trip to China some years earlier. She …

These Hot Tech Companies Are in the CIA's Secret Investment Portfolio

In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm, is investing in some of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups.<p>According to a brochure from IQT’s CEO Summit …

Study Shows How LSD Mimics Infant's Mind as Ego Dissolves

A groundbreaking series of experiments show how LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) alters the operation of the brain. Scientists gave LSD to 20 healthy …

LinkedIn HR chief recommends 3 books to all new managers

As the head of HR for LinkedIn, the professional social network with more than 400 million active users around the world, Pat Wadors is constantly having conversations about what tools and resources managers and their employees need to succeed.<p>She says learned two fundamental truths about …

Personality

15 Crazy Delicious Cauliflower Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

We-can’t-believe-it’s-cauliflower recipes ahead.<p>If we could hand out superlatives to our favorite veggies, cauliflower would win “most creative” by a landslide. With the help of a food processor and some smart seasonings, it’s the ultimate shape-shifter. While we're at it, we'd also give this pale …

Healthy Eating

3 Big Company Practices That Work for Any Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A colleague of mine goes to Wal-Mart for almost everything he needs. When I asked him why he doesn’t support mom and pop shops more often, he replied, “Wal-Mart is the most successful mom and pop shop that ever existed.”<p>In other words, …

How Working Out Keeps Your Brain Literally 10 Years Younger

Researchers compared the minds of people who exercise to those who don’t. Here’s what happened<p>Working out keeps your brain young, suggests a new study from Columbia University and the University of Miami.<p>Researchers asked people over age 40 about their exercise habits and tested their cognitive …

How This Entrepreneur Changed His Life Before 8 A.M.

A book suggests that mornings might be the time when you can completely alter your chances of success.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Being a morning person is a skill.<p>Sometimes, though, it's a skill that can annoy others -- …