Brian Andrade

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Strategy Is Not a To-Do List

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Steve Blank, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>I had breakfast with two of my ex-students from Singapore who were building a really interesting startup. They were deep into Customer Discovery and presented a …

Customers

The Absolutely Essential but Most Overlooked Skill You Need in Management

Think that you have to be a great talker to be a great manager? According to four legendary tech CEOs, the best managers share this surprising, overlooked skill.<p>The exemplary manager is often shown as the outgoing guy who gives his team pep talks and high fives. He's a fast-talking genius and a …

Craft an Effective 'About' Page in 3 Simple Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, often you are your brand. Your "about" page can set the tone for you and your style and give potential clients a preview of what you might be like to work with.<p>Here are three important steps to crafting the perfect …

3 Unlikely Skills That Great Hiring Managers Need to Possess

It's hard to believe that driving a bus can be a metaphor for hiring great talent. But when you add flea training and changing square holes into round ones, it becomes a metaphor for leadership.<p>Question: <i>When is a bird in the hand worth less than two in the bush?</i><p>Answer: <i>When a company is more</i> …

21 Unmistakable Traits of a Heart-Centered Leader

Take care of your people and your people will take care of your business -- and bottom line profits will follow.<p>There is a great cost when you neglect the human connection point in business.<p>Over the past 20 years there has been a significant amount of data showing that investment in the human …

Today's Most Satisfied Employees Demand These 4 Things

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The employee landscape is changing, and with it has come new needs, desires and areas of importance for employees. This means employee development is no longer just about career development, but also goal alignment, non-monetary …

Employee Engagement

The Simple Secret to Making an Instant Connection With Everyone You Meet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” - Diogenes Laërtius</i><p>Two months ago, I was in Munich missing a plane for Paris.<p>Arriving minutes before the gate would close on me, panicking inside, I …

Self-improvement

7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (but Mere Managers Always Fear)

Are you a great leader or a mere manager? Here's how to tell the difference.<p>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 …

5 Things Really Charismatic People Do

Some people are likable, but others have great charisma. Here is how you can recognize and achieve the difference.<p>You feel charisma the moment it enters the room. It's not just that someone is likable. Charismatic people draw attention. They automatically energize you and motivate you to step up, …

7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

Self-improvement

The 8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Buying and searching for stock images can be a tedious and expensive task, especially if you stick to the standard sites. But there are other sites out there, and many of them are better than the status quo. Here are eight sites with great stock photos.<p>8. …

Startups

Inspire the Innovation Monster Within

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Fostering your creative juices takes the same focus and hard work as anything else. Creativity isn’t a birthright, but rather a learning process that can be developed.<p>In Sir Ken Robinson’s book, <i>Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative</i>, …

Creativity

5 Subtle Ways Leaders Lose Credibility - Let's Grow Leaders

Credibility is hard to establish and easy to lose. The sad truth is I’ve seen really good leaders lose the confidence and credibility of their teams …

Reid Hoffman: You can't keep your best people forever

There will come a time when your brightest, most beloved employee will want to leave. Reid Hoffman says you should let her go—or at least, in many …

The Corporate Folklorist’s Credo

Storytelling is key to a strong brand and culture — if it’s done right. Having a corporate folklorist on staff helps to convey an organization’s purpose and values through stories and artifacts. But since it’s a relatively new function, it could use a credo to inform and inspire good …

5 Ways to Host Better Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Meetings come in all shapes and sizes. There are board meetings, stakeholder meetings, staff meetings, sales meetings — the list is endless. But no matter the purpose, every meeting has one thing in common: how clients, customers and …

Profit

5 Secrets That Will Help You Master Conversation Skills

What are the fundamentals of conversation skills?<p>I’ve posted about the fundamentals of networking, and even how introverts can network but many …

25 Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Human Behavior

This story originally appeared on Help Scout<p>Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”-- knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in mere hours.<p>I can’t think of a single better way to empower your learning (and yourself) than that. And as a professional, executive, or …

Books

3 Common Myths About Really Influential People

Influential people call the shots in business. Avoid buying into these myths if you want to become one.<p>In some ways, it's easier to become influential than ever before. The ability to publish and share information on the Web provides access to influence that wouldn't have been possible even a …

Yes, You're Ready to Do Strategic Planning

It's easier than you think, and it really will help you chart the best path to growth.<p>In 2006, after having enjoyed plenty of success in his first eight years as a business owner, David Handmaker saw the tide turning. His Los Angeles-based printing company, Next Day Flyers, was losing ground to …

Management

A First-Time Founder's Guide to Fundraising

At a recent event, financial consultant Sirk Roh addressed the questions of several founders who are in the early stages of raising money.<p>Unfortunately, rookie entrepreneurs will find that the early-stage fundraising process doesn't necessarily get easier with each funding round.<p>Your pitch, …

5 Elements of an Irresistible Call to Action

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having the right sales piece is crucial to the success of your direct mail campaign. And one of the most critical aspects of any sales piece is the offer, or call to action. This is the part of the copy that lets readers know what you …

Direct Marketing

3 Mind Tricks to Ensure They Can't Say No

So you ask someone for a favor and she says no. Where do you go from there?<p><i>This story first appeared on Women2.com.</i><p>Everything I know about making smart requests I learned from my children. Okay, maybe not everything, but their requests certainly pack a refusal-proof punch. Case in point:<p>My kids: …

[Guest Post] 7 tips for sharing stories about your nonprofit work

<i>Today I'm pleased to introduce you to Lori Jacobwith. Lori and I have interacted over the last few years and finally got to meet in Minneapolis</i> …

Alternative ways to take credit cards. Ditch your merchant account!

<b>Business today is too mobile and too flexible to stick with inflexible traditional merchant accounts for credit card processing. New options are here</b> …

Top 6 Non Profit Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading

Top 6? Why not top 5? Well, I like to shake things up around here. Keep it fresh and original. And also, if we’re being honest, I couldn’t stick to …

Nonprofit fun and games

Very few people look at management goals for nonprofit organizations and think “fun!” It’s important work, and failing to do it can mean a failure of …

Crowdsourcing: Soliciting Your Donors' Wits Instead of Their Wallets

Your staff and your budget are stretched thin. You need work done that no one at your organization knows how to do but that you can’t afford to …