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Five New Rules My Company Set After A Hiring Disaster

After overhauling his company’s hiring process three years ago, this CEO says turnover has plummeted.<p>Early in 2014, my year-old company faced a critical launch deadline. Feeling pressured and anxious, I started hiring in a hurry. To make a long story short, it didn’t go well.<p>I soon realized we’d …

7 Short Videos That Will Make You More Social and Likable

Introverts and extroverts alike can increase their ability to connect and influence employees, customers, and co-workers.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining</i> …

A staple wardrobe item for American women is getting a huge makeover

It's understandable, considering that the lingerie industry's behemoth Victoria Secret was founded by a man with the initial intention of welcoming them with open arms to a lingerie store.<p>Lingerie, traditionally, has been by men and for men, even if women are the ones wearing it.<p>But that's been …

Women's News

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

21 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Worry About

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone wants to know the secret to success, which is why we all look up to role models such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. But one of the biggest lessons you can learn from them? It’s simply to worry only about the …

Entrepreneurship

Building A Proper Digital Presence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>If you look around, everything has become digital. People read news on websites, watch TV online, connect on social media, read e-books- heck, even …

17 Habits of Highly Effective People Who Take Really Amazing Vacations

Only in America do we need a step-by-step guide to taking time off.<p>My fellow Americans, we suck at vacations.<p>A new workplace study from Horizons Workforce Consulting found that only a third of U.S. workers take full advantage of their paid vacation days. Almost half of us feel compelled to check in …

3 Reasons Why Your Hiring Process Is Killing Your Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your company’s hiring process determines whether or not your enterprise is destined for failure or success. It’s that simple.<p>Sound dramatic? Not really. Look at it this way: The right hiring process attracts the right talent -- the kind …

Employment

17 Intriguing Books Entrepreneurs Recommend You Read

Looking for a long-read recommendation not suggested by an algorithm or off of the current best-seller list? After interviewing over 60 entrepreneurs, here's a list of intriguing suggestions to use to select your next read.<p>#Girlboss, anything by marketing guru Seth Godin and the Stephen Covey's …

Books

American retail as we know it is dying — and now these industries are taking over

But the tide is turning in retail.<p>Big apparel brands are grappling with shoppers who increasingly want deeply discounted clothes over classic logos and status.<p>Gap is closing one-quarter of its stores and laying off hundreds of workers after disappointing sales. J. Crew just fired 10% of the workers …

Real Estate

Why Offices Full Of Ping-Pong Tables And Video Games Might Be Onto Something

New research suggests that how old you feel has a bigger impact on your productivity than how old you are. Playground offices FTW!<p>The wow-factor has faded for startup offices with playground-style amenities—slides, ping-pong tables, game rooms with an <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> theme, and so on—but these …

Employment

50 Global Entrepreneurs Recommend 50 Books That Forever Impacted Their Lives

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books, and I became more cultured, intelligent, informed and dare I say better looking. Books have the power to change lives. ( I feel like somebody needs to queue the <i>Reading Rainbow</i> theme song. “Take a look, …

Entrepreneurship

The 3 Ways People React to Career Disasters

It’s not how hard you fall, but how you pick yourself up that really matters. That is what we learned from 9000+ responses to our HBR survey on bouncing back from career setbacks. Resilience alone won’t cut it—you need to do some serious self-reflection.<p>We worked with Douglas (Tim) Hall, a leading …

Square CEO Jack Dorsey Says If You’re Making Decisions, You’re Not Leading

It's counter-logical, but leaders rarely make decisions for others. Managers make decisions for others (and dehumanize them in the process). Most people who think they are leading are only managing. Great leaders know the difference.<p><b>The Manager--How Not to Do It</b><p>Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, is …

Leadership

How Private Companies are Changing Food Safety

When you buy food at the grocery store, you likely assume that the labels accurately describe the food and its ingredients. But that isn’t always the …

How to Grow Your Business from a Small Team to an Inc. 5000 Dream

Representing the hallmark of entrepreneurial success, most start-ups dream about making the famed Inc. 5000 list. Two founders share their Inc. 5000 secrets here.<p>One of the greatest dreams and milestones for a start-up is to make the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. With the April 30th deadline looming, …

5 New Travel Startups with Clever Solutions to Common Travel Problems

These startups are approaching common travel problems from packing annoyances to too-high fares with creative solutions. We’d like see more …

How Retailers Like Apple Mess With Our Senses to Boost Sales (Infographic)

The best ads and sales tactics -- the ones that move us to get up, go out and buy something -- are a feast for the senses. And that’s no accident. It’s a ploy, in every sense.<p>Retailers, and the marketers who promote them, are master manipulators. They toy with our delicate senses -- smell, sight, …

Apple Store

Blue Bottle’s Vision For The Perfect Coffee-Shop Design

Blue Bottle Coffee recently secured a $20 million funding round, a chunk of which will be put toward reinventing a more elegant café experience. One based on the Apple Store, and Proust.<p>Rare is the person who derives equal inspiration from Steve Jobs and Marcel Proust. But spend some time talking …

How Old-School Shoe Brand Allen Edmonds Reinvented Its Image

Management at Allen Edmonds used to joke that when they saw a hearse go by, they knew they’d lost a customer. That was then. Here’s how the Wisconsin-based shoemaker played up its heritage for a new generation.<p>Which would be harder: reviving a has-been heritage brand so everyone from hipsters to …