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5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Would you live on (in?) the Aogashima Volcano, Japan? 51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist: http://bit.ly/1gLCuxh

32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream. I’ve Never Wanted To Travel So Badly…

Share the post "32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream. I’ve Never Wanted To Travel So Badly…"<p>Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>During the rainy …

PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2014

With amazing food, glorious public spaces, and unparalleled museums, theme parks, and beaches, the only thing “budget” about these world-class …

When Workers Own the Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Employee ownership -- profit sharing, stock sharing and other employee-ownership plans -- can increase your workers' productivity and innovation.<p>Research shows that workers at companies with employee ownership plans work harder, are more …

Master Your Zen to Improve a Startup's Cash Flow

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs have much to learn from the practice of yoga.<p>An entrepreneur’s journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns but with the lure of treasure atop the mountain.<p>But sometimes we get so fixated on the treasure that we forget …

Brad Feld on the One Daily Habit to Improve Your Thinking | Inc.com

I set out to be an entrepreneur and then an investor. I became a writer almost by accident. Now, I can't imagine not writing--it's something I do daily. It's how I problem solve. And it's crucial to my continued learning and growth.<p>In the late 1980s, I started my first company, Feld Technologies, …

Jeff Bezos

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Now | Inc.com

You aren't the only entrepreneur to second-guess yourself. You're not the only one who feels confused about the next steps or concerned about how to handle a challenge. No, you aren't the only entrepreneur to question your own ability and wish you were smarter, more capable, and more confident.<p>So …

How to Thrive While Leading a Family Business

We’ve seen both sides of the spectrum: family executives hating their jobs, their businesses, their families, feeling underappreciated for their efforts, exhausted by all the “craziness,” wanting nothing more than to “sell the damn thing.” And we’ve seen family executives thrive with rewards that …

Heidegger's Marketing Secrets: What German Philosophers Know About Selling TVs

When the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer died in 2002, at the age of 102, he was unaware of the impact he would posthumously have on mobile …

Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Artwork detail: Liliana Porter, Man with String, 2009, string and pencil lines on paper, 12 3/4″ x 15 3/4″<p>Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue …

What to Do When You Can’t Control Your Stress

Everyone can relate to a day at work that just starts off on the wrong foot. Perhaps you have just had an argument with a spouse or loved one, or you’re late for an appointment even though you had a million reminders in your schedule, or your inbox contains e-mail after e-mail with what seem like …

8 Questions to Ask Before You Hire More Employees | Inc.com

Anyone who has ever started a business, particularly if they've bootstrapped the start-up, has experienced a major moment of indecision: When do you hire more people?<p>On one hand, you want to keep staffing as low as reasonably possible. The more people you bring on, the less money available to cover …

Small Business

Why Productive Teams Have 3 Kinds Of Diversity

There are many different kinds of diversity. Here are a few you likely haven’t considered–and how they considerably help your work.<p>Here’s the bad news: People hire people who are identical to them. Here’s the good news: Working with people who <i>aren’t</i> identical to you is good for you work.<p>How so? A …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Don’t Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an …

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | Inc.com

Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.<p>Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most important, they care to an …

Employment

3 Ways To Be Less Stupid Today

Step one: After you finish this article, write down what you think of it. (A tweet counts!)<p>Sally Adee went on a <i>foolhardy</i> mission–to understand stupidity. She returned with some clarifying insights that could help make us all a little smarter.<p>Adee, who’s a features editor at the <i>New Scientist</i>, spent …

To Move Ahead You Have to Know What to Leave Behind

Decisions are the most fundamental building blocks of successful change in our organizations, our teams, and our careers. The faster and more strategically we stack those blocks, the faster and more successfully we achieve change. Yet, change efforts often stall precisely because those decisions …

How to Get Everything Done By Doing Less

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs subscribe to the philosophy: "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." This mantra, accepted by many small-business owners as fact, is only half true. If you want something done right once and you …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

How to Manage: What Really Sets Leaders Apart | Inc.com

Coach and consultant Bill Treasurer has been teaching leadership development and studying leadership models for 20 years. But he says he learned a valuable lesson when his five-year-old son came home from school and announced he'd been chosen class leader for the day.<p>"What did you get to do as …

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.<p>Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with …

5 Common Hiring Mistakes (and Their Solutions) | Inc.com

Selecting the right people is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, and pay the price later of increased turnover, underperforming teams, a diluted culture and drain on …

Employment

Overwhelmed? Here are 3 Strategies to Multiply Your Time.

Stressed? These strategies will multiply your time and free you to focus on your mission. (Image by Renjith Krishnan.)<p>It’s been more than three years …

Change Is Good. Now, How to Get Employees to Buy In

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Change is key in business for remaining relevant and ahead of the curve. But, while managers love change, employees often fear it or fight it. You always can fire an employee if she doesn't get with the program, but that's not good …