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Downton Abbey: Lord Grantham's 5 Worst Management Mistakes

If you’ve been watching Downton Abbey, the hit period drama that follows an aristocratic English family at the turn of the 20th century, you may have found yourself yelling at the screen whenever Robert Crawley appears (or maybe that’s just me). Also known as Lord Grantham, he’s the master of the …

Downton Abbey

Leadership Lessons from the Mayor Who Put an Obese City on a Diet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few years ago, a fitness magazine ranked Oklahoma City among America's most obese places to live. After reading this, Mayor Mick Cornett entered his own height and weight into a government health website and found out that he was in …

Leadership

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial 'X Factor?'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a mysterious "X factor" shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned skill, or …

Entrepreneurship

7 Mistakes That Could Turn Your Corporate Video Into a Corporate Disaster

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's every marketer's dream: produce a company video that goes viral or gets nominated for an Emmy Award. That's easier said than done. Often when trying to make a video a huge success, companies forget the end game is the customer, not …

Video Marketing

Survey: Email Is 40 Times More Effective Than Facebook and Twitter

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>What? You've opened up that thing called "Outlook Express," and you're writing an email?<p>Surely you know that this form of marketing and communications is as pass? as floppy disks and cell phones the size of Shaquille O'Neal's shoe.<p>Or is it? Now comes a …

Marketing

Creating and Keeping a Positive Company Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When first starting out, most entrepreneurs are so obsessed with perfecting their product or service, they don't have much time to think about company culture. Big mistake. Many founders don't realize the importance of a shared vision or …

Employee Engagement

5 Mistakes I've Made So You Don't Have To

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I like to tell people I've made so many mistakes as an entrepreneur that I can't help but succeed from this point on. Unfortunately, that isn't true. No matter how many mistakes one makes as an entrepreneur, there are more ways to fail …

Entrepreneurship

When Launching a Company, Consider These 5 Things

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While entrepreneurship is in vogue (2012 was a 14-year high), the success rate for new businesses is disheartening. Indeed, according to the Small Business Administration, only about half of all establishments survive five years or more. …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today, we honor the memory of a visionary leader who changed American culture forever. As many people enjoy this long three-day weekend, take some time to really think about the leadership lessons and the legacy that Dr. King left …

Leadership

Why Leaders Are Great Storytellers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>People of all ages, backgrounds and traditions respond to great stories. That's the secret behind the enduring power of myths, legends and scriptures. We see ourselves in stories. We empathize with the heroes and enjoy rooting against the …

Digital Marketing

7 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to first be a successful leader. After all, motivating and inspiring your team to come in every day and do their best work is arguably the single most important aspect of the …

Leadership

Is Codependency Hurting the Way You Lead Your Company?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I have a pet peeve. I have a REAL problem with people who won't do their job. Sure, everyone has a learning curve. We're all learning something new, if we have a company that is growing. But as a CEO and president of a company that has …

Small Business

5 Steps to Building a Business Around Your Passion

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>Fear is a funny four letter word.<p>It is designed to protect us from real danger in our lives (<i>like a bear chasing us</i>) but at the same time paralyzes us from achieving our dreams.<p>I believe passion is the sword of love that pierces through the wall of fears …

Entrepreneurship

Know Your Limits, Your Brain Can Only Take So Much

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Don't go out and buy a new day planner or learn a five-step decision-making process -- they won't work. If they did, we would all be much happier and more effective. The truth is that to improve our thinking abilities, we need to …

Imaging

The Positive Power of Saying 'No'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why is saying no so hard? In my personal and professional relationships, I have a difficult time turning people down, even when there are good reasons I should. I'm not completely sure why so many of us feel this way, but I think it has …

Christian Bale

10 Tips to Turn Your Startup Dream Into a Reality

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneurial venture starts with a good idea, evolves to a bunch of amazing ideas, and with any luck, ends up as a successful business.<p>But how do you move from that first idea to your final success? In our book, <i>Small Business,</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Predictions for 2014: Facebook Ads Dominate and Minecraft as a Tool

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's going to be a great year for agile folks who aren't married to yesterday's successes. The driver in 2014 is reinvention: What was brand new a short time ago gets transformed again, or else swept under the rug for even better …

Health Care

How to Be Smart About Your Spending in 2014 (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Businesses must spend money to grow, but ponying up your hard-earned cash without a plan probably won't do your startup any good. To really grow your business this year, you'll need a smart, organized and strategic investment plan.<p>Many …

Small Business

What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all have in common? Probably nothing. Or maybe a lot. Honestly, I have no idea. What I do know is that I met one of them and - trust me when I tell you - he is one-of-a-kind. A unicorn. …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Key Elements of a Great Direct Mail Sales Piece

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> The Direct Mail Solution<i>, direct marketing expert and entrepreneur Craig Simpson provides easy-to-follow solutions for creating direct mail campaigns that work!</i> <i>In this edited excerpt, the author outlines why you should write</i> …

Direct Marketing

Study: Enjoy Life, Live Longer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Don't worry, be happy -- you may just live longer.<p>A large existing body of research shows that negative emotions -- including depression, stress and anxiety -- can have a detrimental effect on our physical well-being.<p>Andrew Steptoe, the …

University College London

The Art of Effective Feedback

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In any given office, you're probably going to hear the word "feedback" dozens of times a day. People are "looking forward to your feedback" or promising to "get you feedback asap." We all know that good feedback is essential to …

Leadership

How Building a Community Helped Launch an International Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the 12th in the series</i> <i>"Live Your Brand"</i> <i>in which branding expert Melanie Spring takes us along on her three-week road trip across the country to meet innovative entrepreneurs whose experiences offer lessons learned to</i> …

Marketing

'Polished, Poised, Prepared': Confidence Tips from Women Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you are a business owner, it doesn't matter how much funding you have, where your college degrees are from or whom you network with if you are not confident about your ideas.<p>At the end of the day, if you don't have faith in yourself …

Entrepreneurship

The 3 Things You Need to Consider Before Meeting a Mentor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the new year is in full swing, many entrepreneurs have big plans for 2014 -- hoping to eclipse goals from last year. One way to make sure you are on the right track is to meet with a mentor. But for these meetings to be a success be …

Entrepreneurship

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.<p>When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation …

Public Speaking

5 SEO Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know for 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>"Is SEO dead?" It's a common question within the online marketing world today.<p>If you're an entrepreneur relying on a strong online presence to connect with customers, you're right to pay attention. It's undeniable that the SEO landscape …

Marketing

5 Ways to Market Your Startup on a Dime

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q. I'm set to launch my first social network startup at the end of February. However, to gain some initial interest, I need to market the site in an inexpensive way. What are some different, low cost ways I can do so?</b> <i><br>-Matt Querzoli</i> …

Marketing

The Power of One Percent: How to Boost Business Three-Fold in a Year

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A Chinese proverb says, "The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." And this couldn't be truer for entrepreneurs.<p>Most people set goals for success but they often neglect the main difference, or the slight edge, between …

Self-improvement