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The 6 Ways to Grow a Company

The term “innovation” is often associated with geniuses turning startups into gold mines — the next Google, Apple, or Amazon, with products no one even knew they needed. Private equity firms place hundreds of little bets on these startups, hoping one produces a windfall that covers the rest. These …

How to Make Sure Good Ideas Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle

In 2007 Joseph Golan, a division leader at Elop, an Israeli electro-optics company, faced a challenge.<p>As an experienced manager, he knew that his manufacturing and operation division’s success depended on getting creative ideas from his employees. But he also realized that the existing system was …

Using Design Thinking to Help Nonprofits Fundraise

Far too many great ideas for solving pressing social problems are not being applied at the scale they deserve, because thousands of nonprofit organizations are teetering on the brink of collapse. Of the 300,000 nonprofits in the United States, two-thirds have an annual budget of $500,000 or below, …

How Johnson & Johnson and American Express Are Developing Young Leaders

Over the next decade, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day. Young leaders will have substantial opportunity to climb the corporate ladder — by 2030, millennials alone will comprise three out of every four individuals in the U.S. workforce — and companies will increasingly grapple …

How to Lead When You’re Feeling Afraid

I’d known Jeff (not his real name) for many years, as a client and as a friend, but I’d never seen him so thrown. I could feel his fear, his sense of uncertainty.<p>And it was with good reason.<p>Jeff was the head of sales for a company whose product was, more or less, impossible to sell.<p>His company, …

Leadership

5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

One of the most exciting — and frightening — career transitions comes when you face the prospect of a management role for the first time. Over my career of building businesses, advising CEOs, and, most recent, exploring the philosophies and beliefs of 100 of the world’s most respected leaders for …

Leadership

Congressman Matt Salmon highlights how values shape success

Earlier this month I graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a MBA. On the day, simply realising the fruits of our labour was …

How Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Built A $250 Million Portfolio With Startups Like Uber And Airbnb

Ashton Kutcher, one of the world’s highest-paid TV actors, can obviously afford that most essential of Los Angeles celebrity luxuries: a car and driver. But he still prefers Uber. “We’re going to go to Warner Bros.,” he dictates, as we hop into a black Chevy Tahoe with Kutcher’s business partner, …

Startups

9 Things Successful People Do Right Before Bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their own mental and physical health, and that it's almost entirely dependent upon them getting enough sleep. That's why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them - and why the very last thing most successful people do …

Success

Careers

Funding Circle's big moment: 'We want to be lending $100 billion a year'

The company merged with San Francisco's Endurance Lending Network in October 2013 to enter the US, Funding Circle's first excursion outside of the UK.<p>Since then, the company has grown its US business to become one of the leading peer-to-peer platforms in America and has reportedly become one of …

Investing

This guy was trying to build a jewelry business and wound up with a hugely successful tech company

And that's how he wound up running a company called SimilarWeb that seemed to spring out of nowhere a couple of years ago to become a star in the web and mobile app analysis world.<p>SimilarWeb has been profitable almost from the get-go, has raised more than $40 million, all from long-term strategic …

Startups

19 Secrets Your Millionaire Neighbor Won't Tell You

The secret to financial freedom.<p><i>From time to time we bring you posts from our partners that may not be new but contain advice that bears repeating.</i> …

THE $20 BILLION CLUB: Meet the 5 most valuable startups in the world

Then that threshold rose to $5 billion, and then $10 billion.<p>Looking at recent media reports and The Wall Street Journal's "The Billion-Dollar Startup Club" list, there are now over 100 "unicorn companies" — companies with $1 billion+ valuations. There's a growing number of "decacorn" companies, or …

Startups

Do we see reality as it is? | Donald Hoffman

How to Be a Pro-Vacation Manager in a High-Pressure Industry

The financial services industry is known for having a high bar and a strong work ethic. It’s difficult for people in the industry to step away from their work due to the fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Yet, the benefits of taking a break are indisputable.<p>A colleague once told me about a …

10 Behaviors of High Achievers

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. After lobbying to absorb yet another project into my ever-growing engineering group, something was …