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5 Tips to Keep Your Brand Relevant

Use these tips to help your brand gain new-found relevancy. The alternative is death.<p>All brand managers would love to have a brand that is hot, relevant and shows the kind of retail velocity that we all dream about. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Like musicians, brands get stale and …

The brand is a story. But it’s a story about you, not about the brand. | Seth's Blog

Why prefer Coke over Pepsi or GE over Samsung or Ford over Chevy?<p>In markets that aren't natural monopolies or where there are clear, agreed-upon …

Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps

If your company has core values, shouldn't you? Establishing your own personal guidelines can remove risk and accelerate success.<p>Most concede the power of core values in business. Jim Collins made a great case in <i>Built to Last</i>. But it's difficult to accurately create or accept core values for your …

Make Your Office a Fun Place to Work

Here are three small things you can do to turn a regular office into a fun place to work.<p>Creating one of the best places to work takes a lot of creativity and a small dose of arcade fun.<p>When we installed our game room at Rise, I thought it would be filled with people daily. (Who could resist the …

Servant leadership: A path to high performance

By Edward D. Hess<p>I’ve spent years researching the DNA of high-performing companies, and much to my surprise the leaders at most of those companies did not fit commonly espoused theories of leadership.<p>Many people believe great leaders are charismatic, have a commanding presence, are visionary and …

10 Quotes that Should Shape Your Leadership

Here are my top 10 leadership quotes from the Global Leadership Summit last week.<p>“An organization is not truly great if it can’t be great without …

How To Use Frustration To Create Something Amazing

If you find something that frustrates you, your choices are clear: Do something about it or stop complaining.<p>I met a really pissed-off doctor last week. And, wow, was it inspiring!<p>Dr. Jonathan Bertman launched his own practice in the late 1990s. Like so many others at the time, he got excited about …

5 Foolproof Ways to Get Through a Tough Task

Still staring at that blinking cursor on your blank screen? Here's how to get past it.<p>Few things are as daunting as a blank page, a report you need to write, or a pitch you need to create. It's all too easy to find yourself staring at the large white window on your computer screen. Pausing to check …

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better

Exceptional leaders differentiate themselves by doing a few things better. Here are six things you can learn from them.<p>What makes an exceptional leader exceptional?<p>This was the topic I had the fortunate opportunity to discuss recently with a class of graduating university seniors. Many of the …

10 Ways To Inspire Your Team

More and more people feel stuck at work and are looking for validation. Not only do they want to be heard, but more importantly they want to know that their contributions are being noticed and not taken for granted. Not for the sake of attention, but more so because they want to know that their …

Defining Your Brand: The First Step In Your Marketing Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the fourth in the series "Marketing Like the Big Brands," running every other week in which marketing expert Jim Joseph shows entrepreneurs on a small-business budget how to apply marketing strategies used by big …

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How I Learned to Lean Forward, Every Day

One secret to my success is a refusal to dwell on the past. Four steps to stay focused on the future.<p>This week marks the one year anniversary of my column on Inc.com. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences and connecting with many of you via Twitter, LinkedIn and via the comments section. I thought …

Entrepreneurship According To Drucker: Your 12 Keys To Success

No question Peter Drucker is a legend.<p>A man with a seriously keen eye for business — his insights still apply to entrepreneurs everywhere.<p>And even though Drucker is deceased, you can hear his words of wisdom calling from the grave if you listen closely.<p>In fact, I finally had the opportunity to open</i> …

A Gen Y Definition of Leadership - Switch & Shift

I was surprised (and more than somewhat honored) when I was asked to participate in this blog. After all, I’m in fantastic company… what could I …

What Is Authentic Leadership?

What is authentic leadership?<p>It continues to surprise me how many leaders attempt to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work. Once a CEO reminded me, “Leadership is acting.” And it surprises me when these same leaders seem shocked or confused when their employees …

6 Ways Companies Drive Out Their Best People

Sometimes you walk into a room and think – <i>Oooh, I could hang out here for a while</i>. There’s natural light, the temperature is just right, it smells good. The furniture is attractive and comfortable. Then there are rooms you walk into and just can’t wait to get out of – too cold or too hot; harsh or …

10 Things Every Customer Wants

Surprisingly, the best price and best value is at the bottom of the customer's priority list. See what's at the top.<p>Why does a customer buy from one vendor rather than another? According to research recently conducted by The Rain Group (detailed report here), customers tend to buy from sellers who …

What Zappos Taught Us About Creating The Ultimate Client Experience

Experience, they say, is the greatest teacher. So when the Glassman Wealth Services’ team gathered to talk about how we could improve our own clients’ experience, I wanted them to have an excellent example fresh in their minds.<p><b>Delivering a Wow Experience</b><p>It’s no secret that Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, …

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5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture

A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.<p><i>“We train for war and fight to win.”</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>I’ve never met a business owner who didn’t say he or she wanted to create a winning company culture. But I’ve met plenty whose …

Start By Being a Leader of One

Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.<p>The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs and Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a …

5 Groovy Enterpreneurship Lessons From 'Mad Men'

It's not just cocktails and hookups. No other television show portrays life in a startup the way 'Mad Men' does.<p>If you're watching with the eyes of an entrepreneur, the true star of <i>Mad Men</i> isn't really Don Draper, Joan Holloway, or Peggy Olson. It's not even the 1960s. The true star of <i>Mad Men</i> is …

Why Steve Jobs' Exactitude Mattered as Much as His Vision

As a leader, you need to articulate your clear-cut implementation plan. The second in a seven-part series on the power of communication.<p>Communication is of utmost importance if you are to be an effective leader. So how can you improve your style? Last week I wrote about the importance of being …

Define Your Organization’s Habits to Work More Efficiently

We don’t often think about the way we usually operate at work, whether we’re performing an informal five-step process for evaluating a new proposal, or setting priorities for managing our time. But our ability to improve the ways we do things depends on defining and shaping our daily habits of mind …

How to Get Others to See Your Potential

Overcoming people’s past perceptions of you isn’t easy. When I launched my consulting business seven years ago, I was astonished to find — years later — that acquaintances and even friends hadn’t kept up with my career transition. They’d ask about my past work in politics or nonprofit advocacy, …

5 Reminders Every Leader Needs

There’s an obvious list of things to keep in mind as a leader: treat people well, hold your values, and help others. However, when you get overwhelmingly busy, something always falls through the cracks. You need a reminder now and then. I attended Big Omaha this year, and it was quite an experience …

9 Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Very few people know their own leadership style -- or strengths and weaknesses, for that matter. But that's a mistake.<p>From leading a company to hiring workers, you necessarily must know what you're good at and what, if anything, you need …

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Everything Counts: The 6 Ways To Inspire And Motivate Top Performance

Despite all research about the nature of leaders, practitioners and scholars still acknowl­edge that many aspects of leadership remain a mystery. Today I would like to address one of the key mysteries that seems to consistently defy traditional analysis.<p>Often, leaders are identified as possessing a …