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Follow These Economic Indicators to Grow Your Company | Inc.com

Nobody likes to think about the economy until there's a problem. Unfortunately, if you own a business or if you have any investments (retirement counts!), you have to pay attention to economic trends. Paying attention to economic trends can help you make better-informed decisions about your …

Selling

It Doesn't Matter What You Promise Your Customers. Give Them a Great Experience | Inc.com

"A brand is a promise." That grand old adage is not really right, especially not in an economy dominated by service businesses. Growing companies often get so caught up in the quest for better products and bigger markets to deliver on their "brand promise" that they pay too little attention to what …

Customer Experience

Use Design Thinking to Build Commitment to a New Idea

The logic we use to understand the world as it <i>is</i> can hinder us when we seek to understand the world as it <i>could be</i>. Anyone who comes up with new ideas for a living will recognize the challenges this truism presents. It means that to get organizational support for something new, the designer needs to …

Design

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

by Ralph Ohr<p>As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and …

The 10 Slides Every Killer Pitch Deck Needs | Inc.com

Longtime friends Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis are the kind of entrepreneurs who learn lessons not only by doing things themselves, but also by studying others.<p>Baehr is a co-founder at Able, an online lender to small businesses. Previously he was a co-founder of Outbox, a consumer internet company …

Peter Thiel

5 Ways to Hack a Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you're building gadgets, selling software or starting a nonprofit, your starting point is a vision, which gets turned into a plan of action. In business, your plan is the road map that will help you pinpoint the answers to some of …

Small Business

For 30 years I’ve seen startups make these same 5 mistakes. Here’s how to fix them.

by David Ansley<p>One of the young executives I mentor recently asked me whether there were any glaring mistakes he should avoid when launching his …

Business Strategy

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Companies

The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition.<p>Smart thermostats control a growing array of home devices, transmitting data about their use back to manufacturers. Intelligent, …

Internet of Things

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible …

The Most Critical Key to Success May Surprise You

Study those who've gone before. You'll learn how little you really know, and how few of your ideas are really original. You'll also learn how to become truly great.<p><i>What is the key to success? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Rod D. Martin , founder and CEO of</b> …

Democratic Party

5 Things Elite Entrepreneurs Always Do (And You Should, Too)

Entrepreneurs spend their money to make the most money.<p><i>What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people dont? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Oliver Emberton, Founder of Silktide, on Quora:</b><p>Most people spend their money to get the most <b>utility</b></b> …

Entrepreneurship

The Future and How to Survive It

We’d call it the opposite of a perfect storm: a set of external circumstances that together create an exceptionally favorable economic environment. The largest North American and European multinational corporations have been sailing through one for the past 30 years. In that time they have enjoyed …

Innovation
Marketing

The 22 books you should read before you quit your job to start a business

I was recently visited by a good friend I went to university with.<p>He's still in the field of architecture, and it was the first time we'd seen each other since I'd given up on the industry in favor of entrepreneurship.<p>During his visit we talked a lot about the Architecture industry as a whole, our …

Self-improvement

Five Key Properties of Interactive Data Visualization

According to renowned AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories statistician John Tukey, “data may not contain the answer. The coordination of some data and an aching desire for an answer will not ensure that a reasonable one can be extracted from a given body of data.” While Tukey (1915-2000) is correct in …

Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers

We all have good ideas. The hard part is making them happen.<p>HR departments love handing out worksheets on how to plan your time. Management gurus have written hundreds of pages of advice on how to better manage your week, your day, and your hour.<p>But what happens when you try and apply that advice …

What Happens When A Company Bans Email And Starts Mining Data About Its Employees?

Klick Health waged a war on email and discovered it was sitting on a goldmine of data about its employees. Here’s how it’s making the most of that information.<p>Klick‘s evolution into a data-driven company was born out of our desire to be more efficient–and a deep hatred for email.<p>It began with a …

Online Dating

Take the Bias Out of Strategy Decisions

Some time ago, a London friend of mine in was diagnosed with a severe medical condition, which required urgent yet complex surgery. The condition is rare but, fortunately, there appeared to be several specialists both in Germany and France who had each treated hundreds of cases during their …

Build a ‘Quick and Nimble’ Culture

Since 2009, Adam Bryant has interviewed hundreds of CEOs for the “Corner Office” feature in <i>The New York Times</i>. This month he’s publishing his second book based on the interviews: “Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.” He talked with HBR about why a …

The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track

There’s nothing more annoying than a meeting that goes on and on and on. As a manager, it’s your job to make sure people don’t go off on tangents or give endless speeches. But how can you keep people focused without being a taskmaster or squashing creativity?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>The good news is …

Use Your Data to Get a Holistic View of the Customer

A few years ago, at LiveNation Entertainment we were accumulating a lot of data from consumers but weren’t doing much with it—and we weren’t sure what <i>could</i> be done with it (a pretty common situation for companies these days).<p>After thinking about the data strategically, we figured out ways to put it …

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This web site will be back soon.<p>We are currently conducting system upgrades from 06:00AM Saturday, 10th February 2018 to 02:00PM Saturday, 10th …

Big-Data Visualization Is Worth A Thousand Spreadsheets

<i>Data-visualization companies are creating buzz with visual representations that let you “see” your data and manipulate it—instead of reading columns of numbers.</i><p>Big data is a big plus: You can collect, organize, and store vastly more information than before. Data about your customers, products, …

How to Brainstorm: 9 Easy Rules | Inc.com

I recently came across a newly-published book, SmartStorming, which got me thinking about the dozens of brainstorming sessions in which I've participated. Here's my take on what worked:<p><b>1. Only invite brains.</b> Every organization consists of two general types of people: a) those who agree with the …

Brainstorming

How to Present to Senior Executives

Senior executives are one of the toughest crowds you’ll face as a presenter. They’re incredibly impatient because their schedules are jam-packed — and they have to make lots of high-stakes decisions, often with little time to weigh options. So they won’t sit still for a long presentation with a big …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Life is a series of negotiations.<p>You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.<p>Contract terms and conditions. Hiring, managing performance, and firing. Defining deadlines, scope, and deliverables. Collecting fees. Seeking alignment about business strategy. …