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Why Your Team Matters More Than You

Contrary to popular belief, the success of a business isn’t ensured by an amazing CEO or even the work of a few all-star employees — it’s all about the team. Even without your key players, your business should function without change.<p>In light of the recent news regarding the health of Google CEO …

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better | Inc.com

What makes an exceptional leader exceptional?<p>This was the topic I had the fortunate opportunity to discuss recently with a class of graduating university seniors. Many of the students believed that future business leaders needed a new set of leadership skills that recognized the new global economy …

Self-improvement

How To Use Frustration To Create Something Amazing

If you find something that frustrates you, your choices are clear: Do something about it or stop complaining.<p>I met a really pissed-off doctor last week. And, wow, was it inspiring!<p>Dr. Jonathan Bertman launched his own practice in the late 1990s. Like so many others at the time, he got excited about …

Paperless Office

Ready to Start-up? Ask These 5 Questions First | Inc.com

What happens when you're thinking about starting your own company? Often, there's an idea that begins keeping you up at night. It might just be a glimmer of an concept...or something you think should exist in the world that just doesn't. Yet.<p>While the idea is just in its seedling stage, you should …

Entrepreneurship

5 Tips for Finding the Right Idea

Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you—building a business around the right idea is easily the toughest part of getting started. Will this idea …

Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps | Inc.com

Most concede the power of core values in business. Jim Collins made a great case in <i>Built to Last</i>. But it's difficult to accurately create or accept core values for your company if your own personal core values are unclear.<p>Many claim to understand their own values, but I maintain you don't really …

Leadership

Men: Win at Work by Leaning In at Home

Research shows that many men want to have richer lives, with greater emotional engagement and joy in their family lives and bigger contributions to their households. But they face substantial barriers at work, in their homes, and inside their own heads.<p>Just as women need support from their …

Igniting Passionate Performance

In today’s hyper-competitive market, a burning question for most companies is: “How can we achieve a significant and sustainable competitive …

Six Simple Questions To Guide Your Business Plans

While the key factor in winning is the ability to stick with your plan, it makes sense that you start with the best plan possible. Our experiences …

List-Worthy

3 Questions For Monitoring The Health Of Your Team

I’m addicted to learning. At one point, my parents almost convinced me to go to graduate school for no reason other than the fact that I enjoyed school. Luckily, I chose a different option and started Digital Talent Agents instead, but the learning bug has not let me go just yet.<p>As we build our …

How to Build a Lean and Efficient Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The concept of the lean startup, developed by entrepreneur Eric Ries, looks at how product development cycles can be shortened and businesses can run more efficiently by continuously measuring progress and feedback. This philosophy is …

Small Business

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

6 Ways to Build a Company That Cares

At the Las Vegas headquarters of online retailer Zappos, team members are allowed to stay on the line with customers as long as needed, even if the …

Customers

Confessions of a Bad Delegator | Inc.com

<i>If you want to make sure something gets done, do it yourself.</i><p>For too long, that's been my operating principle. I was an only child, raised by parents who both worked long hours, and I grew up accustomed to looking after myself. I carried that habit into adulthood, and in some ways it served me well …

High Level

It Doesn't Just Happen: 9 Strategies for Creating a Leadership Development Culture

I’m at the Chick-fil-A headquarters today with Mac Lake and several ministry leaders talking about leadership development. Most churches do not have …

Onboard a New Employee the Right Way: 4 Tips | Inc.com

You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude.<p>So once they're hired... turn them loose, right?<p>Not so fast. Knowing <i>how</i> to do a job is certainly important, but approaching a job with the right perspective and right mindset …

Employment

7 Simple Ways to Make a Lagging Business Succeed | Inc.com

Life is great when you can just kick back, relax, take one day at a time, and let the chips fall as they may. In business, that almost never works. In business, if you want anything good to happen, you pretty much have to make it happen.<p>Sure, luck is a factor, but you can't count on it. Besides, …

Business Strategy

3 Biggest Excuses of Wanna-Be Leaders | Inc.com

This is a familiar dynamic: After facilitating a coaching or training session, or after speaking at a conference, two groups of people form around the speaker in concentric circles. The first, inner group are leaders who want to know more. The second, outer group, hanging back a little meekly are …

Leadership

Why Consultative Selling Doesn't Work | Inc.com

For decades, sales pundits have been advising companies to practice a "consultative" style of selling. It was bad advice then and it's bad advice now.<p>The idea behind consultative selling is simple. Rather than acting like a salesperson (i.e. making sales pitches), you strive to become the …

Selling

15 Traits Of The Ideal Employee

When hiring for any size business, it’s not what the candidates know today. Information can always be taught. The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees.<p>Regardless of industry, pay, age or sex, all ideal employees …