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Want Your Best Workers to Never Quit? Research Says It Comes Down to Asking Them 6 Simple Questions | Inc.com

A question I get asked a lot is how to go about getting teams or whole workforces "engaged." It's a legitimate question pondered by head-scratching managers, execs and HR people everywhere looking to architect workplaces that produce results by motivated employees.<p>Well, lets first remove the nap …

Employee Engagement

It's Not Magic: You Can Have Amazing Executive Presence | Inc.com

You're smart. You're educated. You have a resume packed with accomplishments. But you're not getting ahead.<p>As an executive coach, I often hear similar frustrations from many of my clients around the world. These leaders are ready to move up in their careers and yet promotions routinely pass them …

Leadership

Watch the first nine episodes of the Silicon Valley mockumentary ‘Bubbleproof’

We’re excited to be premiering a new mockumentary series about the startup world; watch the first nine episodes of <i>Bubbleproof</i> right here on TechCrunch.<p>The show stars Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners. Fertik and Cowan play fictionalized (?) versions …

How To Sell The Problem Before Selling The Solution

<i>They say that every great business addresses a real customer need. If you’ve ever found expressing your customer need slippery, this is for you.</i><p>As …

Customers

$9 billion startup Stripe is automating the complicated process of starting a company

Now the $9 billion payments company has realized that Atlas is something entrepreneurs throughout the United States want too.<p>Atlas automates the complicated process of starting a company into a filling out a short web form. Atlas then takes care of incorporating a company in Delaware, setting up a …

A top VC firm just put together a striking presentation on what it was like for startups in 2016

Given all of the fear and loathing startups were feeling in 2015, top venture capital firm, First Round, did another poll of its network of more than 700 founders and CEOs to see what it's like to have a startup in 2016. Times have certainly changed, and we've published with First Round's …

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Fuck You Startup World

That’s right, I said it.<p>Fuck your startup scene with your 30 minute morning routines of reading TechCrunch, TNW, Wired, Gizmodo, Mashable, The Verge …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A CEO who ditched corporate America to run her own startup explains how to decide whether to quit your day job

But the reality is, taking a risk and pursuing your passion full-time isn't as simple as it sounds.<p>There are a million things to consider before taking the leap, starting with the question: "Should I quit my job to pursue this full-time?"<p>And that's not always an easy one to answer.<p>Kathryn Minshew — …

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Intrinsic Motivation Models Lead To Business Success

In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons. Everyone seems to espouse extrinsic motivations, such as getting rich, having power, and fulfilling parent dreams, when in fact a focus on satisfying …

The 3 People You Need on Your Innovation Team

When it comes to launching an innovation initiative, the people on your team can make or break it.<p>Innovation is a tricky concept for companies, but especially for startups. With the pressure to deliver existing products and services comes the need to continually think up the next big idea that will …

NBA's Youngest Coach, Luke Walton, Is on the Level with Millennial-Laden Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach.<p>"At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says. "So from a guy who knows what it takes to win, I can't do anything but sit back and listen."<p>He is proud that Walton, …

Basketball

11 signs that you shouldn’t launch a startup

Many people believe that they can create and launch a successful startup online. They think that they can magically make money just like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook.<p>They see the Internet — websites, social media sites and mobile apps — as a place where all they have to do is stake their claim …

Self-improvement

Starting a marketplace is hard. Scaling a marketplace is harder.

Trying to turn an idea into reality is hard — it’s hard because you don’t know where to start, it’s hard because convincing people to do things they …

Ex-NFL player Patrick Willis: What leaving football for Silicon Valley taught me

Many retired NFL players find their second act in coaching, sports media or small business — not working for a small tech start-up.<p>But former San …

Classical War Books That Can Help Your Startup Succeed

In recent years, classic war books became highly popular among entrepreneurs. Although technology is changing the world at a very fast pace, basic …

How likely is your startup to fail within a year? Here’s the bitter pill

Startups are dropping like flies. An analysis of failed startups provides a sobering look at the prospects of tech entrepreneurs.

To Be a Better Leader, Learn This FBI Hostage Negotiation Tactic

<i>Before getting to yes, strive for "That's it"</i><p>As a strategic messaging and positioning consultant, I preside over lots of contentious meetings. They …

25 quotes that inspire action

Anyone can talk about being an entrepreneur or starting a business, but very few do. The difference is found in those that choose to take action.<p>Successful entrepreneurs and business owners know that success requires taking action. Don't talk about what needs to get done - get out there and start …

Starting Up? You Ignore These Practices, You'll Be Done in a Year

Three simple management habits predict success. Do yourself a favor: Start them now!<p>Its an exciting time to be involved in startups, especially with so much practical advice easily at hand. People are eager to share their knowledge on new product development, venture capital funding and the startup …

4 Signs That a So-Called Entrepreneur Is Just a 'Wantrepreneur'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How do you justify spending thousands of dollars in building a product and quitting just midway through the entrepreneurial journey?<p>Wantrepreneurs find excuses, whatever the situation. On the other hand, entrepreneurs build …

Few Small Businesses Take Advantage of Mini-IPOs

Some companies aren’t prepared for all the marketing required to attract potential investors<p>Roughly a year after the passage of new rules making it easier for fledgling businesses to tap U.S. capital markets, just a handful of them have succeeded in doing so.<p>A Phoenix-based startup that makes …

Small Business

This Skill Matters Much More Than Your Ability to Innovate or Problem-Solve

Conversation is not only the operating system of your brain; it's also the operating system of your entire organization.<p>What skill does your entire business run on?<p>It's an operating system--but I'm not referring to technology.<p>It's <b>conversation.</b><p>Here's why: the ability to connect with people, …

This Is How the Smartest Entrepreneurs Lead Teams

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

In the 21st century, it’s hard for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. Disruptive innovations are coming from startups – Telsa for automobiles, Uber for taxis, Airbnb for hotel rentals, Netflix for video rentals, and Facebook for media.<p>What’s holding large companies back? Four …

Coding Is Over

<i>When many products are essentially the same app with different color schemes and copy, why are we still coding?</i><p>The files in your computer can be …

Color Schemes

HBO's 'Silicon Valley' nailed something that lots of real-life tech startups get wrong

(Spoilers ahead. But seriously, you should probably go watch "Silicon Valley" first, as this will make it sound like a super-serious business drama, which it definitely is not.)<p>The episode, titled "Daily Active Users," finds Pied Piper struggling with the titular metric — a measurement that tech …

Apple is making the same mistake Netflix did

He dropped a couple of bombshells, but the one I want to delve into is Apple's decision to start accepting ads on searches through its iconic marketplace.<p>The appeal is obvious. There are now 1.5 million iOS apps vying for attention on the App Store.<p>It's hard to get noticed. You also have a …