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Recipe: Roasted Veggie Sandwich

Lunch is underrated. People go all out on dinner recipes. They hail breakfast as “the most important meal of the day.” Lunch is too often …

The greatest trick Netflix ever pulled was convincing the world HBO is its rival

It will surely go down as one of the great CEO quotes of 2014. Netflix’s visionary CEO, Reed Hastings, was asked about his counterpart at HBO, Richard Plepler, who had recently said he was not concerned about people sharing passwords for HBO’s online service, HBO Go.<p>“So I guess Plepler, the CEO of …

Televisions

This Startup Says Open Salaries Are Good for Culture | Inc.com

Most business owners operate under the assumption that discussing compensation openly is the quickest way to incite an employee revolt. When employees know how much their colleagues make, after all, it gives them added leverage to ask for a raise, which could, potentially, eat away at a business's …

Salaries & Wages

How To Create An Open Office That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Open office layouts can suck–but they don’t have to. In part two of our office design series, senior editor Anjali Mullany talks with workplace experts about how to turn your collaborative space into super productive real estate.<p>Earlier this week, my colleague Jason Feifer published a funny and …

The Happiness Model of Retail

According to John Mackey, success starts with hiring the best employees, training them well and making sure they're happy.

Happiness

Mailbox’s Gentry Underwood Would Rather Move Slow And Get It Right

In an interview backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood said that the company is actively working on an Android version of the app, and mentioned that ephemerality may be involved in forthcoming “whiz-bang” features down the line.<p>Mailbox doesn’t have the same “move …

7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople | Inc.com

A staggering amount has been written on how to be a good salesperson. A lot of it is great, but there's an easy way to cut through the clutter. Here are seven simple activities that, in my experience, consistently separate high-performing salespeople from the rest. Whether you are selling your own …

Customers

3 Rules You Must Follow If You Want Your Company to Be Exceptional

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want your company to be the best, there are three rules:<p>1. Be better.<p>2. Don't be cheap.<p>And 3. There are no other rules.<p>That's according to a recently released book co-authored by Deloitte director Michael Raynor and strategist …

12 Phrases to Avoid in Sales Emails | Inc.com

If a prospective customer actually opens your email, the last thing you want to do is irritate or bore the customer. Here are 12 very common phrases that should be avoided:<p><b>1. "I hope you are well."</b><p>This "hope" is always followed by a page of boilerplate. In any case, if you don't know me, don't …

Customers

How to Get Fiercely Loyal Customers | Inc.com

Who wouldn't want to have customers and clients that are fiercely loyal?<p>Sarah Robinson, business strategist, speaker, and author of <i>Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities</i>, says that's not only possible-- she says it's vitally necessary in today's competitive landscape.<p>I …

Customer Experience

5 Secrets for Rewarding Employees | Inc.com

According to recognition expert Dr. Bob Nelson, the most effective employee rewards are also the least expensive. You don't need to send employees on pricey vacations to Hawaii or present elaborate trophies. In the vast majority of cases, a simple and heartfelt verbal or written thank-you will …

Employment

Hand Over Your Inbox, And Other Ways To Let A Great Assistant Maximize Your Productivity

In a perfect world, you’d be the one fetching coffee with all the time your assistant has saved you. Here’s what to look for in a slick sidekick.<p>In pop culture, the boss-assistant relationship rivals the buddy-cop one for comedic fodder. This past spring, Lydia Whitlock’s <i>To My Assistant</i> book made a …

How to Hire a Winner Every Time | Inc.com

If you've read Gallup's annual State of the American Workplace report, you know the numbers aren't encouraging: 70 percent of employees are disengaged or actively disengaged from their jobs. Odds are, some of your employees are among them, but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>Though personal issues …

Employment

DeskConnect Lets You Instantly Share Files Between your iPhone and Mac

Many of us are constantly switching back and forth between our desktop computer and a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. The problem is retaining exactly what you were doing, as no-one likes to spend time re-opening the Webpage or document they were looking at five minutes …

Why Denmark's Innovation Strategy Won't Work Anywhere Else

Three illustrators stood on chairs, doodling frantically on a long banner in a theater lobby as a television screen broadcasted a talk from within. …

6 Best Marketing Tips for StartUps

When you seek to carve out a niche for your business, you’re going to have a wide range of successes and failures. However, there are some very …

How to Sell Via Email | Inc.com

Based upon the sample "sales emails" that people have been sending me, there seems to be a general misunderstand the basic concept of selling via email, which is that the initial goal is only to <i>open a dialog.</i><p><i>Note:</i> to hone your emailing skills, sign up for my free weekly newsletter.<p><b>How to Do It Wrong</b><p>…

Selling

10 Beliefs of Top Salespeople | Inc.com

A while back, I had a conversation about "having the right attitude " with Tom Black, author of "The Boxcar Millionaire." He gave me a list of personal beliefs that he's observed in top salespeople. Here's that list, slightly edited.<p>I believe that people are as happy as they want to be.<br>• I am …

Success

Is It Really Okay to Ask a New Employee to Work 15 Hour Days? | Inc.com

When it comes to worker productivity, let's face it: Time is money.<p>The more time your employees spend at work, the better your product is going to be--right?<p>That's certainly the philosophy behind most productivity tips. As <i>The Atlantic</i> pointed out last month, some start-ups now use perks like …

Employment

17 Ways To Use The New Psychology Of Sales

In his new book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others, Daniel Pink argues that we need to do away with that, because every person in the world is now engaged in sales. It's not about going door to door selling products, but about moving people, convincing them to go along …

A Summer Reading List for Marketers

Spoiler alert: I dropped out of university.<p>It’s true. I entered university with the best of intentions. At the same time, I was already publishing a couple of music magazines that were becoming successful. As I ventured down the road of burnout by trying to be both a publisher and a full time …

7 Exceptionally Easy Ways to Make Someone's Day

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Makes 6 Servings<p>June 2010Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup honey<p>1/2 cup hot water<p>3 cups freshly brewed jasmine tea, cooled<p>3/4 cup gin<p>3/4 cup limoncello*<p>3/4 cup fresh lemon juice<p>1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice<p>1 cup chilled club soda<p>Ice cubes<p>6 lemon slices (for garnish)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Stir honey and 1/2 cup …

Strawberry-Balsamic Smash

Makes 1 Servings<p>August 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash two 1/2" lime wedges, two 1/2" rounds of cucumber, 1 fresh hulled strawberry, 1 Tbsp. Simple Syrup (click for recipe), and 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar in a 16-oz. mixing glass or a …

Unlimited Vacation Doesn’t Create Slackers–It Ensures Productivity

By tossing the two-week standard in favor of an honor system with unlimited time off, some companies are seeing an exponential rise in productivity. Now, they just have to be mindful of staff burnout.<p>Sharon Rosenblatt confesses she suffers from self-diagnosed workplace paranoia–and even her …

Meet Homepolish, the bootstrapped design company decorating NYC's startup offices

New York-based Homepolish has been around for a year, but it has only recently become well-known in startup circles. Part of the company's relative …

How We Hit $912 Million in Sales | Inc.com

<i>This is the story of Entrepreneur Jack Dangermond, as told to Inc. executive editor Christine Lagorio.</i><p>My parents were immigrants who started a nursery as a way to get us kids through school. I learned around the dinner table about customer service and cash flow and paying bills. There's no …

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