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7 Secrets of the Most Productive Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>During a busy workweek, the last thing any manager needs is a wasted hour due to an unproductive meeting.<p>Managers need to make every minute count. According to a March 2012 survey by Salary.com, 47 percent of workers say their biggest …

The 3 Attributes to Look for in Top Talent

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the things that great companies do is they hire the best people. These successful companies aren’t afraid to recruit the best candidates from other organizations or pull talented people from other industries. There are three …

Lead From the Top: 5 Core Responsibilities of a CEO

Veteran CEO; CEO, Black Box; Founder, Khorus<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What are the responsibilities of a CEO?<p>This is something everyone at a company from an entry-level employee to the chief executive should know. After all, understanding what is required of a CEO …

Center for Creative Leadership

If you have a great idea but it isn’t getting the attention it deserves, understanding these 8 components of successful innovation could help. …

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

What You Should Know Before Your Next Performance Review

A few months ago in a management workshop, I mentioned that most performance reviews are a waste of time. Managers are burdened by them. People rush through filling them out, often with a stack to do at once. And the feedback gets watered down in some sort of HR-conforming corporate speak. Clearly …

How Chipotle transformed itself by upending its approach to management

During a busy lunch rush at a typical Chipotle restaurant, there are 20 steaks on the grill, and workers preparing massive batches of guacamole and seamlessly swapping out pans of ingredients. Compared to most fast-food chains, Chipotle favors human skill over rules, robots, and timers. Every …

Fast Casual

11 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Your Team to Embrace Change | Inc.com

<i>"When you're finished changing, you're finished."</i><p>Ben Franklin may not have been an entrepreneur by trade, but his words echo today more than ever before. This is the fastest-changing communications and technology landscape we've ever been in. Twenty years ago, you probably didn't have an email …

Motivation

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

If You’ve Just Taken Over a Team, Quickly Let Underperformers Go

The best way for a manager to be successful is to build a top-notch team. But when most managers take on new positions, they hesitate to act quickly in replacing poor performing incumbents. Months later, when reflecting on what they could have done differently, almost all of these managers say that …

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise | Inc.com

Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive as they do so.<p>Based upon hundreds of conversations I've had about bosses and jobs, here's …

Employment

6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do | Inc.com

Every day you encounter leadership: Some are trying to master it; others are simply trying to be good followers. Examples of leadership both good and bad are all around whether you actually recognize which is which. But every once in a while, an amazing leader surfaces, one capable of moving people …

Leadership

Leading as a Servant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived …

Which Leadership Style Is More Profitable: Employee-Centered or Customer-Centered Leadership?

Wouldn’t it be great if the interests of shareholders, employees, and customers interlocked perfectly? If the day an employee fell ill were the day your customer wasn’t planning to come in anyway, and the day after the numbers had already been made for the quarter?<p>I don’t want to patronize my …

The Top 7 Management Tips From Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review recently released a book of their top Management Tips. Here are the ones I felt were the most insightful and actionable.<p>Get …

The 9 Traits That Define Great Leadership | Inc.com

Many leaders are competent, but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these qualities all the time. It isn't easy, but the rewards can be truly phenomenal.<p><b>1. Awareness</b> There is a difference between management and employees, bosses …

Leadership

(Images) 52 Motivational Picture Quotes For An Epic Year Of Success

<i>Quotes have the power to change our perspective and motivate our minds</i> to achieve amazingly wonderful things in life.<p>I have lived an amazingly …

Want To Be A Better Leader? Try This In 2014 | Inc.com

How often do you find yourself complaining about being exhausted?<p>Almost every entrepreneur falls into the pattern of not getting enough sleep, working too hard, and not exercising, even though these things are scientifically proven to make you happier. Instead we come up with excuses for why we …

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The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

When I took over as CEO of Intralinks, a company that provides secure web based electronic deal rooms, the company was hemorrhaging so much cash that its survival was at stake. The service was going down three times per week; we were in violation of the contract with our largest client; our chief …

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative …