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These 13 Exercises Will Prepare You for Work's Toughest Situations

Maggie Leung, VP of Content at Nerdwallet, has encountered every management challenge. Here, she shares the one practice that helps her thrive …

Management

How to take your business from small to big

<b>Q: I have owned two small businesses and am ready to</b><b>start another. I am wondering about growth. My businesses have always stayed fairly small. This time, I want to create something that can scale big. But how? So far, it's not in my wheelhouse. — Manuel</b><p><b>A:</b> In my book <i>The Big Idea</i>, I looked at people …

72 CEOs on How to Increase Your Entrepreneur Quotient (in 140 Characters)

I asked 72 CEOs for their advice in 140 characters and, upon further analysis, discovered 10 categories of behaviors that were consistent with all the answers I got.<p>Ask any number of CEOs how to succeed in business and you'll get an equal number of insights and great advice. But upon further …

CEOs

How To Build Loyalty In A New Team

Loyalty can be hard to find nowadays. It’s not that people don’t want to be loyal to a new company; the problem is that the gig economy has become so fluid that there just isn’t as much passion for helping a business grow.<p>On the one hand, this gives employers a chance to hire people on a trial …

Employment

5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make

What's remarkable about making these daily choices is knowing there will be no regrets.<p>According to multiple sources, the average number of decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000. Some are smart, others ... well, lets just keep things on a positive note and say it's the smart decisions …

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha Moment', According to Research

Breakthrough thinking isn't magic, it's science.<p>At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?<p>Cracking the code on "aha moments" and creative epiphanies is a topic …

The Best and Worst Ways to Connect With VCs

It's remarkably hard to connect with top tier investors. Find out how to increase the odds of getting a VC to meet with you.<p>Wow, I can't believe just over a month ago I quit my job. I knew it was time.<p>Since then, I've been focused on raising money for my new startup company. That has meant a lot of …

Amazon's Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his workers about the biggest enemy: 'Irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline.'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows a thing or two about building a successful business.<p>Several analysts have predicted that Amazon will be the world's first company with a trillion-dollar valuation, and Bezos recently became the second-richest person on earth.<p>In his latest letter to Amazon shareholders, …

Machine Learning

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it.<p>No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us …

Are you ready to scale-up your business?

Just as starting a business requires careful planning, so does growing its operations – here are some of the pitfalls to watch out for.<p>Some small business owners have scaling up in their sights from the get-go, while others are ill-prepared for significant growth.<p>So how do you decide if scaling up …

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide [Examples + Template]

How to Write a Business Plan• Write an executive summary.<br>• Describe your company and business model.<br>• Analyze your market's conditions.<br>• Explain your product …

Small Business

7 Warning Signs You're the Dreaded Micromanager

Diagnose yourself before your employees do it for you with their feet by marching out the door.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Strategic Management<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors,</i> …

Employment

These 10 Leadership Habits Have Been Found in the World's Best Leaders

Where are you, in your own journey as a leader, in relation to these characteristics?<p>If you're not familiar with the leadership movement known as servant leadership, you might want to grab a cup of java and pull up a chair. This may just transform how you lead your tribe moving forward.<p>What we are …

Here's Why Employees Don't Tell You Their Best Ideas (and How to Get Them to Start)

A few small changes in the way you discuss ideas can make a huge difference.<p>Is your workplace an idea factory, with employees coming up with new product ideas and other new innovations on a regular basis? Or does everything just run along at status quo, with few new inspirations seeing the light? …

20 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Say

Are your thoughts keeping you from ultimate success?<p>What separates the best entrepreneurs from the rest? Their mindset. While other people complain and let their negative thoughts get to them, remarkably successful entrepreneurs are steadfast in only thinking and saying things that serve them.<p>If …

Be the Best Leader You Can Be by Learning This One Crucial Skill

Leadership means having the ability to listen to others. Find out how you can become a better listener.<p>The act of listening is pretty simple.<p>Ok, technically it's not that simple, but I don't want to get into the actual logistics of sound waves and how you detect them. I just mean when you listen to …

13 great tools for pitching to clients

Giving the perfect pitch is never easy. You have to know your subject inside-out. You have to grab people’s attention and know the answer to all …

Prototyping

3 Ways to Use Design Principles to Create a Better Company Culture

Put others at the center of your work and you will touch their heart.<p>Business is all about people. This is what I learned from Alan Mulally, former Ford CEO, who not only saved Ford Motor Company from bankruptcy but saw employee satisfaction double during his tenure in Dearborn. So--how do you make …

Shake Shack CEO shares the 6 books he thinks everyone should read

As Seth Godin says, "The average knowledge worker reads fewer than one business book a year. On the other hand, the above-average knowledge worker probably reads ten. Show me your bookshelf, or the courses you take, or the questions you ask, and I'll have a hint as to how much you care about …

10 Easy Tricks to Help You Stop Procrastinating And Get Back to Work

Laziness begets laziness.<p>Why go to the gym tonight? After all, you haven’t gone in a week. Why take out the garbage when your whole apartment is a …

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explains why he was initially an ineffective leader at his first company

"We grew very quickly, but very chaotically, and I always felt like I was half up water," Hastings said at The New Yorker's TechFest on Friday. "I was not doing a very good job as a manager."<p>The reason, according to Hastings, was a lack of honesty.<p>"I was uncomfortable about being honest with people …

Reed Hastings

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Startups, please don’t hire a biz dev person

There are an awful lot of people with empty calendars. How do I know? My inbox tells me. Many of them are filling that time by sending me messages like these:<p><i>“I am going to be in town next week and would love to meet.”</i><p><i>“I am always looking to network and learn more about people and the companies</i> …

The One Skill All Successful People Possess

What is the one skill all successful people possess? It certainly isn’t the ability to invent things, or communication skills or technical skills. Successful people come in all shapes and sizes.<p>Some of them are highly technical and some aren’t. Some of them have a knack for business and other …

Science Proves What Dale Carnegie Knew All Along About Motivation

Carnegie knew 100 years ago how to motivate people to strive for success.<p>Dale Carnegie knew 100 years ago how to motivate people to strive for success. He was a master of self-improvement and ever the optimist. The guy behind the whole "you get a lemon, make lemonade" logic also said:<p>"People rarely …

11 tiny daily habits that are wasting your time — even if you don't notice you're doing them

We're <i>all</i> running out of time. There aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. That's just life.<p>However, if you feel like your inability to schedule your days is ruining your performance at work, that's probably a bad sign.<p>It's important to identify and drop harmful time-wasting …

Time Management

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children

On a summer day in 1968, professor Julian Stanley met a brilliant but bored 12-year-old named Joseph Bates. The Baltimore student was so far ahead of …

How to design effective teams using positive psychology

Incompatibility has the potential to derail even the simplest of projects.The post How to design effective teams using positive psychology appeared …

UX Design

Messenger apps are the new king of mobile

Much has been written recently about the rise of chatbots and their potential to change consumer interactions with businesses.<p>However, all that discussion seems to have missed the radical implications this has for the current mobile ecosystem and the nature of competition in digital services. As an …

7 Science-Based Habits That Will Make You Succeed

The secrets to success are accessible to all and rooted in habits--you just need to build that habit muscle to tap into your full power.<p>We all want to know the secrets to success, and often get bogged down with questions along the way: What makes the most successful people out there who they are? …

Self-improvement