Dave Coddington

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What to Do When a Good Employee Stops Trying to Grow

The best managers know they’re supposed to give the people they lead challenging assignments to keep them interested and engaged. But what do you do when someone you manage gets to the top of their learning curve — and doesn’t really want to be pushed any further?<p>Is it OK if someone you are …

Employment

A Simple Secret for Getting More Clients

Your clients don't care about your methods as much as they care about your results.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What are clients buying from your professional services business? It's not coaching, accounting or any other service.<p>Even if you're a lawyer, your clients …

6 project management skills all managers should adopt

Employing project management best practices can ensure that as a manager, you succeed in delivering your organisation’s newest initiatives.Getting …

Improve Any Pitch With One Question

What if you could dramatically improve the success of your pitches with just one question? You can. The trick? It’s not a question you ask a prospect. It’s a question you ask yourself.<p>One of the advantages of being part of a small company is that I get to learn from a variety of departments. …

How Consultants Project Expertise and Learn at the Same Time

Young management consultants may be novices, but they’re sold as experts. Conversely, even experienced consultants, who legitimately present themselves as experts, still feel like novices when they embark on a new project.<p>The challenge with effective consulting is that it depends on in-depth …

Management

Mark Cuban explains the steps any parent should take when their child has an idea for a business — whether you think it's good or not

Parents can often get in the way of their children's success.<p>So when your child shows an entrepreneurial streak at a young age, you should take their ideas seriously and let them play out naturally.<p>That's what Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and "Shark Tank" personality, wrote in his upcoming …

This Study of 31 Million Employees Will Forever Change Your Approach to Hiring and Retention

Developing robust plans to attract and retain talent is a crucial leadership role. In case you needed more incentive, check out this shocking data.<p>Gallup's latest State of the American Workplace report is eye-opening, to say the least, if you care about hiring and retaining star talent. The …

8 Key Traits of the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

From Cuban to Sandberg, the world's top business leaders all understand how much these qualities count.<p>You hear it all the time: <i>Focus on your values.</i> After all, your values should guide everything you do with your brand and help connect you with customers. But what should those values be? Out of …

Want to Achieve Your Goals? Stop Repeating Affirmations and Do This Instead

This simple technique can save you time and help you get the success you want.<p>As entrepreneurs we are driven by our goals. We celebrate when we reach the goal and we feel terrible when we do not. Setting goals have a double-edge to them as they help us focus but they also can serve as a barrier to …

Stop Scheduling Conference Calls and Finally Commit to Videoconferencing

If you knew about a technology that would help you improve organizational alignment, cut meeting times, and increase engagement in discussions, surely you’d use it all the time, right? You may be surprised to learn this powerful tool is already at your disposal. It’s videoconferencing, a technology …

This 'I'm on Vacation' Auto-Reply Email Is Freaking Brilliant

Why should you be burdened with digging through two weeks of emails the moment you get back?<p>It's hard or even impossible to relax on vacation when you constantly have to answer emails. (Is that a vacation, really?) That's why most people set an "out of office" email response, promising that you'll …

When the founders of dating app Coffee Meets Bagel turned down Mark Cuban's $30 million offer on 'Shark Tank' 3 years ago, they got dozens of emails calling them 'crazy,' 'greedy,' and 'stupid' — but they still aren't sorry

When Dawoon, Arum, and Soo Kang walked onto the "Shark Tank" stage in 2015, they were hoping to get an offer from Mark Cuban, who they considered the most tech-savvy of the five investors on the show.<p>The Kang sisters were pitching Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app that, at the time, connected users …

How to Price Your Product: A Simple Model

These five factors determine whether your offering commands a premium price or belongs in the bargain bin.<p>Few elements of marketing are more peril-fraught than pricing. If you charge too much, you don't sell as much, which blunts your growth. If you charge too little, you're leaving money on the …

5 Reasons Business Owners Don't Fire Bad Employees--and 5 Bigger Reasons Why They're Wrong

Firing someone is never easy, but the consequences associated with holding on to an underperformer are far worse.<p>A bit of logic and your gut feelings tell you it's time to fire an underperforming employee, but your emotions and lack of time keep you from taking action. You're not the only one. Many …

The 2% Company

<b>Excellence In Exploration and Exploitation</b><p>On the one hand, exploitation activities focus on short-term improvements and refinement of existing …

A Meeting Agenda Guide That Actually Works (Infographic)

Running a meeting isn't always easy. However, this guide will make them a piece of cake.<p>Meetings can go two ways: They can end up being hour-long slow-talking processes that rarely cover what they needed to cover, or they can be productive, to-the-point collaborative get-togethers that solve …

According to Harvard, This 1 Leadership Trait Separates Exceptional Leaders From the Rest

Better team collaboration, stronger employee commitment, and lower staff turnover are possible, if you can lead with compassion.<p>When researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter looked at the factors that separated exceptional leaders from the pack, one trait stood out above the rest: …

If You're Doing These 7 Things, You Desperately Deserve a Pay Raise

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it's about time you sat down with your boss for a serious discussion.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To paraphrase Donna Summer, you work hard for your money. After all, it's what you need to pay your bills, eat and have fun. …

10 Simple Habits That Will Make You More Likable Right Away

Enthusiasm is contagious.<p><i>What are some social life hacks? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Andrew Ferebee, 7-figure entrepreneur, on Quora:</b><p>Growing up, I was one of the shyest and …

Many successful people are driven by a quality no one likes to admit

Real-estate mogul and "Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran was told she'd never make it.<p>After dumping her for her secretary in the 1970s, Corcoran's ex-boyfriend and ex-business partner Ramone Simone told her explicitly: "You'll never succeed without me."<p>On an episode of Business Insider's …

These are the uniquely human skills that employers say robots can’t do

Fear not, robots aren’t coming for your work. Ninety-one percent of employers in the U.S. say they’re keeping their workforce as is, or plan to hire more people in the next two to three years as a result of automation.<p>This is according to a new report from ManpowerGroup that surveyed 19,718 …

Employment

How to Run a Meeting Without Talking Too Much

Have you ever left a meeting feeling that you dominated the whole thing — and not in a good way? You talked a lot, and in the end, you felt that nobody else had enough time to speak. This is a bad dynamic for several reasons. People don’t want to attend meetings that are just an opportunity for one …

Mother, wife, million-dollar patient: Why drug companies see rare-disease patients as human jackpots

CHINO, Calif.<p>The swelling attacks come on without warning. Loukisha Olive-McCoy’s lower lip puffs up; then her cheeks and jaw twist and pull, distorting her face into an involuntary grimace. Sometimes her tongue will fill up the back of her throat and choke off her breathing.<p>Olive-McCoy, 44, has …

Office 365 Adds Bookings App for Enterprise Customers

What’s Microsoft Bookings?<p>Microsoft has added the Microsoft Bookings app to Office 365 Enterprise (E3 & E5) customers. Bookings is an app that can …

Customers

5 Professional PowerPoint Tips for Building the Ultimate Presentation

I remember the presentation well, but for all the wrong reasons.<p>The keynote speaker at a well-known project management conference had decades of …

Infographics

Mark Cuban: This is 'the best investment you can make'

In a recent interview with MarketWatch, billionaire Mark Cuban shared the best investment anyone can make: "Paying off your credit cards. Paying off …

What Best Motivates You at Work? When 200,000 Employees Were Asked, This was Their No. 1 Response

Hint: It's not about the money, money, money.<p>When you're motivated, you feel energized. You're ready to take things on, get things done, push things forward. Projects get moved along; emails get answered; you move along with pep in your step.<p>When you're unmotivated, it's hard to get started. You …

Google Increased New Employee Productivity by 25 Percent With 1 Email. Here's What You Need to Know

Yet another example of when 'back to the basics' is great advice.<p>Onboarding, a term used to describe the period between job offer acceptance and assimilation (anywhere from 30 days to a year depending on the organization), is a critical time for new employees. Not only do they have to tackle a …

Employment

This $30 reusable smart notebook may have gotten rejected on 'Shark Tank' — but I swear by it in my everyday life

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Rocketbook</i><p>If you're an old soul who prefers pen and paper notes (they're just more <i>personal,</i> you know?<i>)</i>, or you just get how obnoxious it is …

Google Docs

How the Single Most Important Feature on LinkedIn Just Got Even More Powerful

LinkedIn recently restored some key components of the most popular (and powerful) feature on the platform. Here's how to take advantage.<p>If you want to win new business and build a valuable network on LinkedIn, it's all about understanding how to find (and utilize) context for a one-on-one …