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You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

3 Timeless Lessons From A Successful Entrepreneur

Nick Smoot has been turning ideas into action since he was 19 years old. Here are his tips for making any business better.<p>Nick Smoot has been on a lifelong mission to help people identify opportunity and open up channels to collaborate. He started working in nonprofits as a 19-year-old, helping …

This tiny Irvine company built a pro video-conf product for millions — on top of Google Hangouts

Video-conferencing is a massively turbulent space right now. Large incumbents like WebEx and GoToMeeting are fighting smaller, nimbler, and cheaper options like Blue Jeans Network and the company that actually powers Google Hangouts, Vidyo.<p>But an tiny upstart company in Irvine, California just …

7 Steps To Outstanding Sales Growth For Your Startup

“If you build it, they will come.” It’s a line from an old movie “Field of Dreams” which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service. Most struggle with the idea and practice of marketing and …

Making Entrepreneurship the Norm

One founder shares his vision for spreading the entrepreneurial mindset--and getting start-up folks to think outside their own boxes.<p>Start-up folks have an ability to see the silver lining in every situation, which likely contributes to their belief that the economy is always improving, the reason …

Case Study: Escaping the Discount Trap

“Beautiful,” Cora Milano said, looking up at the soaring spires and gothic arches of the immense charity hospital.<p>Her colleague, Augusto Tolentino, barely paused. He was in a hurry to get to their meeting — and to make a point to Cora.<p>The two worked together at Bosi e Faora, a São Paulo-based …

A Summer Reading List for Marketers

Spoiler alert: I dropped out of university.<p>It’s true. I entered university with the best of intentions. At the same time, I was already publishing a couple of music magazines that were becoming successful. As I ventured down the road of burnout by trying to be both a publisher and a full time …

Find Success Your Own Way

Few Executives Are Self-Aware, But Women Have the Edge

So is the best man for the job a woman?<p>Research by Hay Group, culled from its 17,000-person behavioral competency database in 2012, finds that when it comes to empathy, influence, and the ability to manage conflicts in the executive level, women show more skill than men. Specifically, women are …

How to Listen When Someone Is Venting

Disclaimer: It’s probably not a good idea to read this before you eat.<p>I still remember how it felt when, as a medical student, I drained my first abscess in a patient. We called the procedure “I & D” which stands for “Incision and Drainage” (I told you not to read this just before you eat).<p>When you …

Why the Supply Chain is Dead

We really should stop using the term “supply chain.”<p>“Supply” gives the impression that one company makes something, say a part, and sends it to another, where it sits, like bolts in a bin, waiting, along with many other discreet pieces, to be made into something greater.<p>Sounds old, doesn’t it?<p>These …

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them. It’s one of the great contradictions of organizational life: People are great at starting new things — projects, meetings, initiatives, task forces — but have a much harder time …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson (Book Summary)

<i>Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Kevin D. Johnson’s “</i><i>The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs,</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Spring Break Reading for Entrepreneurs: 7 Useful New Business Books

If you’re like me, you like to do more than take a hiatus from work over spring break. I like to find a chance to sneak in a little reading that might inspire me on how to make my business better.<p>But which books to read? There are a ton to choose from lately — I’m on a lot of publishers’ mailing …