Craig Morris

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Why You Stopped Using Your Fitness Tracker

Wearable technology is often as unwieldy as its name--but some new research finds some bright spots and opportunities<p>A new report on wearable technology from health-tech incubator Rock Health gives entrepreneurs and others interested in the subject a good framework for understanding it. It also …

How to Measure Customer Love--and Increase Sales

Have an awesome consumer product? Here are 3 underutilized tips to improve your sales pitch.<p>When you are scaling a consumer products company, scoring a large order with a retailer has obvious benefits. It helps you reach minimum orders, broadens brand exposure to consumers and serves as a marketing …

4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity

Most business managers thrive on information, but this overload can thwart the energy you need to build your business. Here's how to get it back.<p>If you are like most entrepreneurs, you love information. Let's face it: You're reading this article, right? I am no exception. I love to read and be up …

A Big, Fat Lie People Tell Entrepreneurs

Starting a business? Expect to get lots of unsolicited advice from family, friends, and neighbors. And if they feed you this line, don't buy it.<p>Unfortunately, it is a vicious cycle.<p>One reason we don't have more successful entrepreneurs is that people who want to create something new and better …

Entrepreneurship

Indiegogo CEO Offers 3 Pro Tips for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign | Inc.com

23 Things Great Leaders Always Do

In honor of the Army's 239th birthday, here are some of the top leadership lessons I learned from serving in and reporting on the United States Army.<p>No organization talks more about leadership and trying to teach its people to become excellent leaders than the U.S. Army. Having both served in the …

Lead Even Better With a Little Tough Love

There's a right way and a wrong way to demand excellence. Here's the difference.<p><i>Every great leader tries to praise, nurture, and encourage, and most of the time that approach results in great employees.</i><p><i>Until it doesn't.</i><p><i>Here's another in my series of interviews where I pick a topic and connect with</i> …

Peter Diamandis: Want to Be a Billionaire? Solve a Billion-Person Problem

Entrepreneur Peter Diamandis has made a business out of trying to solve the world's greatest problems. Here, he talks about the massively disruptive technologies that can help.<p>There are entrepreneurs who help nudge innovation forward, and there are those who accelerate the most disruptive …

What Unproductive Meetings Are Costing You (Infographic)

According to executives, most meetings are useless. The good news is that there's room for improvement.<p>Companies typically hold meetings with one goal in mind: to get things done. Why is it, then, that most meetings only serve as a time sink? Well, perhaps not so surprisingly, a major reason is …

How to Root Out Envy Before it Rots Your Office

Often aggravated by internal workplace competitions, envy can ruin team collaboration.<p>The office is a hotbed for envy--certain employees will get bigger raises than others, some will find themselves getting outperformed, and others will just have lower self-worth and naturally become envious of …

All Great Leaders Have This

What do all great leaders have in common? The answer may surprise you.<p>In my experience, all great leaders share a singular and unmistakable "common denominator."<p><i>Is it maturity?</i> No. Nobody would ever accuse Mark Zuckerberg of being "mature."<p><i>Youth?</i> Again, no. Dole Foods CEO David H. Murdock is in his …

Bill Gates

4 Ways to Get Productive (Even When You Feel Unproductive)

Some mornings you just don't feel like working. Here Inc. columnists share how they get productivity going.<p>Some days I wake up feeling more productive then others. But on those days when I get up and feel really lazy I have to find some sort of stimulus to get by right brain and left brain active …

How Small Rewards Drive Innovation

An intriguing study finds smaller rewards motivate employees to generate better ideas.<p>What rewards do you offer employees for their disruptive ideas? If it's half the value of the idea, you may be spending too much, and end up with too many ideas.<p>Yes, there is such a thing as having too many ideas. …

Employment

Turns Out, Having a COO Isn't That Essential to Success

The formerly crucial post has become an endangered species in many industries.<p>Holding the title of chief operating officer ain't what it used to be.<p>The job commonly viewed as one step away from the CEO role is slowly turning into a dying breed, the lastest evidence of which surfaced Friday when …

12 Personality Traits of a Great Boss (Infographic)

Great managers look at every situation as a learning opportunity and resist the temptation to micromanage.<p>Being a great boss can prove challenging for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Managing employees effectively without micromanaging is a balancing act that doesn't always come naturally.<p>The …

The Secret to Hiring: It Starts Before You Post the Position

Before you scope for a new hire, make sure you know exactly what it is you're looking for.<p>The moment has come. You know in your gut that your business, team, or department needs to bring someone new on board.<p>With that comes a feeling of pressure--you know how difficult it can be to find great …

World Cup 2014: How a Small Brand Gets a Piece of the Action

Startup brands can learn a lesson or three from how Puma competes with heavyweights Nike and Adidas for World Cup attention.<p>The World Cup: On the one hand, you have 3.2 billion worldwide viewers over a four-week span. Many of them are ostensibly avid customers for sports gear. On the other hand, …

17 Happiness Tips: A Father's Day Flashback

My dad's daily habits for a happier and more successful life turned into one of the most popular things I've ever written.<p>Not long ago, my dad emailed me with some suggestions for a column. I took his counsel, wrote the column, and was amazed at the results.<p>I knew my dad had some good advice, but <i>17</i> …

How to Get Started on Reaching That Big Goal

Starting is always the hardest part. Here's a supersimple trick to power you over the hump.<p>How many good intentions founder on the difficulty of simply getting started?<p>Your resolution to start exercising more regularly or your vow to keep up your company’s blog are laudable goals. But each morning …

Procrastination

Your Founder's Identity Is a Part of Your Brand Identity | Inc.com

VIDEO • THE PLAYBOOK<p>Amy Jo Martin: Your Founder's Identity Is a Part of Your Brand Identity<p>Amy Jo Martin: Your Founder's Identity Is a Part of Your Brand Identity<p>Digital Royalty CEO Amy Jo Martin believes the best companies incorporate their leader's identity with the company's identity. Here's how.<p>…

Graphic Design

Cheer Up! 5 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Optimism

Finding the path to positive will make you more successful in the long run.<p>What's more optimistic than naming your company Life Is Good? Bert and John Jacobs, co-founders of Life Is Good, adopted the corporate slogan "spreading the power of optimism," and it is optimism that fuels the T-shirt, …

Facebook’s Plan To Own Your Phone

CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s audacious bid to rewire the app economy–and make his social network more relevant than ever.<p>Mark Zuckerberg streams through the crowd at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco like a politician working a pancake breakfast.<p>As the Facebook CEO makes the rounds at f8, …

How To Measure Innovation (To Get Real Results)

Metrics are a combination of art and science. The trick is to inspire action around the goals you set.<p>There’s an elephant in the room when it comes to “innovation.” And it’s an ironic elephant given that we’re all so hooked on data analytics, a/b testing, and getting metrics for anything and …

With New App, Equinox Begins To Expand Beyond Physical Locations

A new app from the gym incorporates data from users’ wearable devices.<p>Luxury gym company Equinox has begun an ambitious plan to pump up its presence on mobile devices. On Monday, the company released a new app and a redesigned website that it hopes will be its first step toward becoming a …

Want More Productive Meetings? Ditch Your Chairs

A new study using wearable sensors suggests that teamwork is done best when employees are standing up.<p>As much as you might love slumping back in your chair and taking an open-eyed nap during long meetings, a new study suggests that teamwork is done best when employees are standing up.<p>It’s the …

5 Factors That Make a Great Boss

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>The best bosses are the ones who can turn a good organization into a great company. They are the individuals who consistently push their employees to become better, more engaged and enable them to adapt to oncoming changes in the corporate …

What You Gain When You Stop Using Email

Top entrepreneurs share their productivity tips, from going for a walk to abandoning email altogether.<p>Email is supposed to make us more productive, but for Bert Jacobs, walking away from it was the most productive thing he's ever done.<p>The co-founder and "chief executive optimist" of T-shirt company …

Ikea Threatens Legal Action Against Furniture Hacking Site

Fan site IKEAHackers.net will be forced to remove Ikea from its name.<p>A fansite for modifying Ikea furniture has been asked to dissociate itself from Ikea’s trademark.<p>Jules Yap*, the owner and operator of Ikeahackers.net–a site you might visit if you were looking to build an Ikea lamp into an Ikea …