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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Business Podcasts

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>I recently asked <i>Term Sheet</i> readers for their …

Entrepreneurship

17 Inspirational Personal Growth Quotes from Some Truly Exceptional People

From the day we are born, we grow. And as we get older we not only grow physically but mentally and spiritually as well. We all need support and motivation to help with this journey we call life and inspirational quotes can often help us find our true calling.<p>Here are 17 inspirational quotes to …

Self-improvement

7 Ways to Grow Revenue Without an Advertising Budget

Anyone can buy ads on Facebook. Here's where to look instead.<p>The competition for online advertising intensifies every single day as more people and companies market online. Ask any marketing professional or entrepreneur about their marketing plans, and Facebook Ads or Google Adwords will surely be …

Executive Presence: What Is It, Why You Need It And How To Get It

“Executive presence!” It’s a term that’s often shrouded in mystique, whispered as if it’s something magical, and many people struggle to understand it. Executive presence is critical, but it doesn’t need to be mysterious. Most importantly, executive presence is a skill, not a trait — that means …

Communication Skills

Google Managers Use This Simple Framework to Coach Employees

Being a good coach is not a skill for the select few.<p>Project Oxygen, Google's extensive manager study, analyzed more than 10,000 bits of information including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition to determine the best practices of its most effective …

Considering quitting? Ask yourself these 6 questions first

“I heard a Jeep fell on you,” I said.<p>“Now where did you hear that?”<p>A wry smile sent wrinkles across the face of my high school English teacher.<p>We …

This Will Help You Find More Meaning in Your Work

Forever change the way you think about what you do.<p>Every day you make a decision. You choose whether to inhibit or enable, deprive or nourish, challenge or support. You also decide how you feel about your work. Alright, so your work evokes an emotion for which you control how you feel - you get the …

Master the art of project management with this Lean Six Sigma online course

Do you love getting stuff done? Do you treat your list of daily goals as absolute gospel? Does efficiency make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? If …

You Can Set Many Types of Quarterly Objectives. Here Are 5 Types That Work the Best

Many team struggle with setting effective quarterly objectives. Here are five types that will create better alignment and simplify implementation.<p>The core of my role as a leadership team coach is to help my clients set strong objectives each quarter that advance the companies growth strategy and …

When It Comes To Success In Business, EQ Eats IQ For Breakfast

When I was younger, I bought into the fallacy that the “smartest” person always won. I pushed myself to achieve the highest scores, earn the most recognition, and excel in every field.<p>I worked as hard as I could, but I almost always fell short of my goals.<p>Growing up, I often found myself surrounded …

Entrepreneurship

Camel nuts manufacturer hopes to crack open efficiency gains with IT makeover

Seng Hua Hng Foodstuff says complex IT arena makes it difficult for SMEs to pick the right systems to implement, but warns of pitfalls of going for …

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 …

Want to Close the Sale? Do This 1 Thing

Top sales people know that you greatly improve your odds of closing the sale by what you do in the first few minutes of your sales conversation. Here is an insider technique to use up front that will help you close more business in the end.<p>Every sales person thinks the sale is made in the final …

7 Proven Strategies to Close the Sale Faster (From Master Salespeople)

Tips that separate the average from the extraordinary businessperson.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Closing the sale is what separates the average from the extraordinary businessperson. Top dealmakers and members of The Oracles share their proven strategies for closing …

How To Stand Out As A Small Consultancy And Crush Goliaths

I run into a lot of high-level consultants who have had the guts to leave their stodgy large corporations to start their own shops. They usually do so because they are fed up with the old fashioned processes and bureaucracy and believe they can do it better while experiencing more freedom and …

LinkedIn’s Career Expert reveals 3 ways to make your profile stand out

• <b>Is your LinkedIn profile feeling a bit lacklustre?</b>• <b><br>In an interview with Kieron Johnson, LinkedIn Career Expert Blair Decembrele reveals tips to make the most of the platform.</b>• <b><br>Decembrele also gives advice to professionals looking for a career change.</b><p>It's not too late to land the job of your dreams in …

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

I gave up my IBM job to become an organic farmer—and learned a bitter truth

It was April 2004. I stood in the middle of the lush green field of <i>moong</i> (green gram) and looked around me. It was just before sunrise and the sky was turning a bright orange. The ground was damp and the leaves were shining with dew. My bare feet were muddy as I walked around gingerly, inspecting …

17 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Inspire You (and Leave You Dreaming of the Stars)

Sadly, Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. But his words are timeless.<p>Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous and influential scientists of our time. Sadly, Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 -- fully 55 years after doctors gave him just two years to live with a diagnosis of …

A Study of 300,000 Messages Reveals the Best Way to Start an Email

And it's much less formal than you might think.<p>Somewhere along the way, I quit using email greetings like "Dear" and fell into a pattern. If I don't know the recipient, I start an email with "Hi (John)." If I know the recipient, I say, "Hey (John)."<p>And if I've exchanged emails with the recipient …

10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

• <b>A person's behavior and characteristics reveal a great deal about their intelligence.</b>• <b><br>People who enjoy their own company, work in silence, and have a strong sense of self-control tend to be intelligent.</b>• <b><br>Some traits common among smart people are surprising, such a tendency to procrastinate, or a love</b> …

Self Control

I left my serious job for the frivolous food industry. But chefs can bring change to the table | Chris Ying

A lot of people who cook food – and even more who write about it – have asked themselves at some point what the hell they’re doing. Particularly recently, as deeply entrenched institutional inequalities and biases are brought to light – not only in food but across numerous industries – a nagging …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

• <b>Often, we only learn from an experience retrospectively.</b>• <b><br>Turning your passion into a career is a challenge, and requires hard work and perseverance.</b>• <b><br>If you appreciate those around you and take time to enjoy the journey in life, fulfillment will come naturally.</b><p>Life lessons are full of wisdom because …

Self-awareness

You're Thinking About Sales All Wrong

Selling is impossible if you don't understand the value you bring to the table.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why is it that selling can be so easy for some people and so difficult for others?<p>The truth is, people that sell the best, the most statistically successful …

These Burnt Out Millennials Sold Everything to Sail the World. Their Boat Sank Day 2 (Here's the Lesson)

Everything went down with the ship for two dreamer twenty-somethings. There's plenty to learn from their wistful, if not wisened, attempt to sail away from the grind.<p>The most frequently shared piece of inspiring advice in the last twenty years for achieving career success and happiness might be …

You Can Start This 6-Figure Service Business Tomorrow Morning for Under $100

The people delivering bread to grocery stores make good money but never get a vacation. That's a lucrative problem you can solve.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>About a year ago, I wrote an article about a six-figure service business that you can start for less than a …

Cold Calling is Dead. Here's an Effective New Approach

It's time to ditch the cold calling to heat up sales.<p>Cold calling doesn't work because no one like to be on the receiving end. (and most likely, your sales reps hate it too). Are your sales reps cold calling hundreds of prospects a day without seeing much success? It's time to quit the old-school …

6 Great Business Books to Read in 2018

Want to know what to read in the new year? Here are six books that will help you gain new skills, build better teams... and become an even better you.<p>Want to know about some of the great business books coming out in 2018? I receive tons of advance copies from publishers and authors, and here are …

The Simple, Do-It-All Cake Noma Alums Bake At Home

Do-it-all recipes rank up there with “The Best” or its iterations: ultimate, easiest, fastest. How can a single recipe truly fit your million and one needs? Call me jaded, but I typically eye those dishes with suspicion and move on to humbler-titled recipes.<p>But sometimes I’m wrong. And the …

Dessert

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership

When times get tough, great leaders don't just protect -- they connect.<p>Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the …