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4 steps to take charge of your career

In theory, most of us understand the importance of career development. It’s ironic, therefore, that so few of us actually have a solid approach to …

10 Remarkable People on Having a Career That Matters

<i>Every year, HBR interviews 10 people who’ve had fascinating careers. Here, a few highlights from 2014.</i><p>British fashion designer <b>Zandra Rhodes</b> has never been afraid to stand out. Her eponymous clothing line soared in the 70s, only to shutter its doors in the 90s. But she’s moved on to other projects, …

What is 4D printing?

Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it’s found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D …

How to Write a Résumé That Stands Out

The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right.<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

3 Steps to Sourcing Products Using Alibaba

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Alibaba is like the Holy Grail for outsourced manufacturing. Since Alibaba's suppliers are based around the world, entrepreneurs can find a source for virtually anything that they need to produce. The options on Alibaba seem endless, from …

eCommerce

'Powerful Questions' Are Key To Being A Better Manager

Whether you're a great manager or a lousy one, there's always room for improvement. One easy way to become a much better leader: ask "powerful questions."<p>In a recent Entrepreneur article, Gary Magenta, senior vice president of Root Inc. and author of "The Un-Bossy Boss: 12 Powerful Questions to …

Employment

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many …

Who’s Running Your Business in China?

Nearly every prospective Chinese employee who I met with in the 1990s shot out the following sentence once — if not multiple times — during their job interviews:<p>“I will do my best!”<p>Young people were extremely eager to work for multinationals, to be associated with famous brand names, and to learn …

Be Grateful More Often

Although I didn’t move to the United States until I was an adult, every year I look forward to one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Turkey, pumpkin pie, long hours of cooking and relaxing with family and friends make the day a particularly fun one. I also look forward to Thanksgiving …

The Tyranny of Strategy

Satan was rhetorically gifted enough to persuade a third of the angels to turn against God. He was charismatic enough to raise his troops’ morale in the face of their first defeat. He was sage enough to persuade his captains to continue the fight using his plan. He was cunning enough to trick the …

Can You See the Opportunities Staring You in the Face?

We all suffer from inattention blindness. We focus so intently on a particular task that we don’t notice the weird thing that’s right there in plain view. The person walking by in a gorilla suit, for example.<p>Companies suffer from inattention blindness too. And in a business context, the weird thing …

To Strengthen Your Attention Span, Stop Overtaxing It

The Iditarod dog sled race covers 1,100 miles of Arctic ice and takes more than a week. The standard strategy for mushers had been to run twelve hours at a stretch, then rest for twelve. Either you ran all day and rested at night, or you rested all day and ran all night.<p>That all changed because of …

10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries

NASA, USAID, Nike and the U.S. State Department don't sound like teammates, but they're all equal participants in an international accelerator …

5 Ways to Get Out of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs stay in startup mode way too long. Keeping a small business in startup mode requires you to stand on the brake. If you keep telling people you're "just a startup," you will never take actions for real growth.<p>It's time to …

Small Business

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise | Inc.com

Contrary to popular belief, employees value many things more than the amount of money they're being paid. If they're treated right, employees will not only work for less, they'll be happier and more productive as they do so.<p>Based upon hundreds of conversations I've had about bosses and jobs, here's …

Employment

Your Secret Decoder Ring for VC Speak

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur with big dreams and a killer idea, walking into an investor meeting can be a bit of a reality check. VCs aren't just going to fall over and swoon about your huge vision.<p>To sell VCs on your billion-dollar idea, you are …

Startups

Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption

After years of debate and study, in 2007 McKinsey & Company initiated a series of business model innovations that could reshape the way the global consulting firm engages with clients. One of the most intriguing of these is McKinsey Solutions, software and technology-based analytics and tools that …

Entrepreneur, Fire Thyself

When entrepreneurs first start their businesses, they are usually involved in everything: running operations, keeping the books, and making sales calls. But as a company grows, one of the smartest things an owner can do is to fire herself from role after role. Letting go of anything critical to …

True Adventure: Starting Your Own Business

Gazing out at wild elephants quenching their thirst at a watering hole from my hotel balcony I think if this is one of the perks of starting a …

Looking for Inspiration? Channel Your Inner Bob Dylan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The music business lies perhaps atop the heap of the industries disrupted by the rise of the Internet. The record industry is a shell of its former self. No one knows better than Peter Himmelman, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter once …

Creativity

I Left Google And Lived To Happily Tell About It

Anastasia Leng had a great job at one of the world’s most desirable places to work. Then she split to start her own company. Was this a step back or up? Depends how you look at things.<p>When I started telling people that I’d resigned from Google, the first question they asked was never about where I …

Business Development

These Natural Wonders Are Insanely Beautiful (PHOTOS)

Oh, nature. Sometimes it's a little too easy to forget how crazy, amazing and humbling our planet is.<p>From the the peaks of China's floating mountains to the depths of the Great Blue Hole, there are some natural phenomena that can help us truly appreciate the big old marble we're living on.<p>So, …

Here Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Millennials, Gen X, And Boomers

If being an effective manager is understanding who you're managing, much of that knowledge comes down to understanding the generation that identifies your workers.<p>A new study published by EY, formerly Ernst & Young, includes insights from more than 1,200 professionals across generations and …

Demographics

How to Grow Your Startup Into a Powerhouse in Less Than 3 Years

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the eleventh and last article in the series</i> "Marketing Like the Big Brands," <i>in which marketing expert Jim Joseph shows entrepreneurs on a small-business budget how to apply marketing strategies used by big brands.</i><p>Setting …

Small Business

It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire

What do billionaires have in common? What is it that they do better than anyone else? Why do we admire them, or their companies’ products and services, so much?<p>I’ve spent some time trying to identify common traits in the <i>Forbes</i> list of billionaires and other similar lists of the world’s wealthiest. …

How Women Decide

Photography: Courtesy of George Cott<p>Artwork: Janet Echelman, Line Drawing, 2006–2007, high-tenacity multifilament polypropylene, 36-degree ellipsoidal spotlights, colored dichroic glass filters, 408′ x 56′ x 33′, Tampa, Florida<p>In 2005 seven partners and senior staffers at Deloitte (including the …

Life on Minimum Wage Around the World

Being The Best Isn't About Knowing The Most

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking<p>When an individual believes they know all the answers, they shut themselves down from the possibility that there is more they might learn on a subject. They limit themselves from experiencing …

Smart watches: what are Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft up to?

With the Galaxy Gear expected to be unveiled this week, Samsung's rivals are thought to be working on their own wrist-worn devices<p>"The wrist is interesting," said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at the All Things Digital D11 conference in May 2013, when being quizzed about his company's potential …