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Connect Agile Teams to Organizational Hierarchy: A Sociocratic Solution

Many agile teams suffer from the mismatch of agile and organizational leadership with the latter being reflected by the organizational hierarchy. …

Management

How data is saving the retail industry

But while mall stores struggle, fast-fashion giants such as H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 are thriving.<p>This is in part because of strategies that are based in data and analytics. By understanding what the consumer is craving, these companies can drive sales.<p>This is not a new phenomenon.<p>"Fashion, …

eCommerce

SoulCycle and Harley Davidson will always have this in common

The crowd is mostly women, many of them late for work, and they're impatient. A suited bouncer at the door and a bag check are slowing everything down.<p>This isn't the launch of Apple's latest iPhone or a limited-edition, collectible Nike sneaker.<p>It's SoulCycle's warehouse sale.<p>The scene above — …

Indoor Cycling

3 digital marketing strategies for making ads more relevant

Relevance. In digital marketing, it's what brands covet and what publishers strive to provide. Relevance is the driving force behind behavioral …

29 Ways to Save Hundreds on Groceries

Find the best prices, avoid sneaky store tricks, and stop impulse buys<p>Regardless of whether you’re feeding just yourself or a whole family, you …

Personal Finance

4 Technologies That Have Changed Business Forever

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the advent of new technologies, the business landscape sure looks a lot different than it did just a short time ago. Despite the coming changes, there are tools that have had a great impact on business and hold great promise for the …

Google Drive

How to Run a Startup While Working Full Time

It’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to work two jobs at the same time, at least during the launch phase of their startup. They have their full-time …

There’s a selfish reason to be nice to others

Almost everyone wants to be happy, but surprisingly few people know exactly how to make themselves so.<p>A growing body of research has identified one reliable path to greater personal happiness: engaging in a rewarding activity—particularly one that involves doing something nice for someone else. …

Happiness

Deconstructing the Pyramid Theory of Motivation | Inc.com

It is, literally, an age-old question: How can you successfully motivate your employees? According to history, the Egyptians supplied rations of beer for the men (admittedly <i>not</i> employees) who built the pyramids. Today tech startups offer table tennis and foosball tables.<p>Abraham Maslow built …

Employee Engagement

See Who Actually Owns The Food You Eat–And How They’re Behaving

There are more than 38,000 products in the average American supermarket. That means tons of choice, right? In fact, the vast majority of these products are owned by just 10 companies. Those friendly looking Green Giant pees? That’s General Mills. And Odwalla juice? That’s Coca Cola. This matters, …

3 Ways Document Management Software Can Streamline Small Business Operations

<i>By Jeff Pickard</i><p>No matter what size or type of business you run, chances are, you’re overwhelmed with incoming files – both paper and electronic …

3 Things a CEO Should Never Delegate | Inc.com

Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro is a three-time CEO who has raised more than $30 million in venture capital. In 2011, Google bought one of his startups, Sparkbuy. Since then, he's worked at Google. He's writing about these experiences in a forthcoming book called <i>Startup CEO Secrets</i>.<p>How does any of that …

Leadership

10 Habits of Truly Successful Entrepreneurs

What separates truly successful entrepreneurs from the rest of the pack? The answers have very little, if anything, to do with money.<p>Join Shark Tank’s Daymond John, MailChimp's Ben Chestnut, Drybar's Alli Webb, Boxed's Chieh Huang, Harry’s Jeff Raider, and hundreds of scrappy and trailblazing …

Entrepreneurship

10 Words People Who Lack Confidence Always Use | Inc.com

Nine-hundred and seventy-two.<p>That's the total number of e-mails I received just in May, and it's about my average. That's not counting the hundreds and hundreds of messages Gmail dumped into categories for promotional mail, forum posts, and social networking updates. I've become proficient at …

Mark Zuckerberg

SugarCRM: Should Salesforce.com Be Worried?

When it comes to CRM (customer relationship management) software, Salesforce.com seems to be the only option.<p>Yet there are a variety of competitors making a dent in the company’s armor. Just look at SugarCRM. Founded about a decade ago, the company now has its software deployed by over 1.5 million …

Build a Better App With These 4 Design Essentials

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A key factor in the success of any app is that it is designed for a specific audience. The product design, look and feel and usability of the app resonate with the particular customer segment it has been created for.<p>So how do you design …

UX Design

The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s never been a better time to start your own company, and the explosion of online tools has gone a long way toward reducing startup costs.<p>But they can also be a huge time suck, a deep rabbit hole that gets you lost in maximizing …

Project Management

15 Ways to Find More Time to Think | Inc.com

One of the smartest entrepreneurs I know, a man who is generally positive and upbeat, was complaining.<p>He had just offered one of his senior people a substantial promotion--and raise--but it would mean the employee would have to move to the other side of the country, uprooting his wife and their …

Voice Mail

6 Things You Don’t Realize You Should Negotiate At Work

Think bigger than vacation days and maternity leave: When the basics are covered in negotiations, you might want to ask for these perks instead.<p>You already know the basics: Salary? You better be negotiating. Vacation? Also on the table. In fact, here are five things beyond your paycheck you can …

Employment

Are You Looking for Leadership in All the Wrong Places? | Inc.com

<i>This article is an adapted excerpt from the author's forthcoming book, Do Lead.</i><p>In the previous extract from <i>Do Lead</i>, I concluded with a definition of leadership which I've honed from 35 years of working with leaders (heroic and otherwise), and from engaging in occasional acts of leadership …

Leadership

5 things you need to know about the Pfizer-AstraZeneca battle

Alibaba IPO faces this U.S. hurdle: What is it?

This story was first published on May 5. It has been updated to reflect details of the IPO filing.<p>SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — To U.S. investors, …

eCommerce

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A resume alone will never help you get hired. It has to be relevant and compelling enough to get your foot in the door. Having reviewed thousands of resumes myself, I've found that most of them read like a cross between an obituary and a museum exhibit timeline.<p>First, let's debunk a couple of …

Employment

The one thing missing from too many job applications is effort

As the 6.3% of Americans who are still unemployed know, looking for a job can be an incredibly frustrating process, where dozens of resumes are met with rejection or, even worse, a deafening silence.<p>But reading a pile of poorly constructed applications can be a drag too, according to several …

Employment

Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders | Inc.com

There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would be winning. Questions ignite imaginations, avert catastrophes, and reveal unexpected paths to brighter destinations. Jim Collins, Marshall …

Leadership

The Single Biggest Reason Most Entrepreneurs Fail in 2014

Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation’s new sleeping problem.<p>It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was …

The DO School Wants to Make M.B.A.'s Obsolete | Inc.com

How do you turn an idea into action? That’s what Florian Hoffman began asking himself around 2005, when he felt all the research he'd been doing on foreign policy at Oxford University hadn't brought him any closer to solving real problems.<p>"What I saw while studying and guest teaching is that …

Entrepreneurship

5 Things That Belong on the Front Page of Your Website

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In business, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and your company's website is no different. When customers arrive at your site they should instantly have a clear understanding of who you are and what you do. But …

Small Business