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The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy

When Roberto Goizueta died of cancer in 1997, at the age of 65, he was a billionaire. Not bad for a Cuban émigré who had come to the United States as a teenager. He was by no means the first immigrant to America to become a billionaire, but the others had made their fortunes by founding and …

Get Over Your Fear of Sales

When you graduate from college with a degree in communication studies and rhetoric, the business world can look very confusing. Unsure of where I fit in, I explored options. Many friends suggested sales. I was doubtful. I worried that being in sales would not carry the prestige and credibility I so …

The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that <i>innovation</i> is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, …

Innovation, Then and Now

In the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s new show about the birth of personal computing, the protagonist encourages his two recruits—a hardware engineer and a coder—to ignore a recent setback and keep working to build a new kind of PC. “I thought that maybe we could do this precisely …

To Close a Deal, Find a Champion

In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman who guides souls across the river Styx to the underworld. Those who do not employ his services are forced to wander the shores—lost for a hundred years.<p>Dealmakers who try to “go it alone” can expect to suffer a similar fate. Closing a major deal with a</i> …

Life’s Work: An Interview with Bobbi Brown

Photography: Spencer Heyfron<p>Bobbi Brown launched a cosmetics line in 1991 because she was sick of red lipstick. Four years later, Estée Lauder acquired the “natural look” brand, offering her both cash and creative control. The brand remains an industry leader, with Brown—a multitasking mother of …

Memo to Entrepreneur: You're Not the Smartest One in the Room

Founder and CEO, PGi<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is a conundrum. Deciding to strike out and give an idea a shot is one of the scariest, loneliest things someone can do. But it’s also impossible -- absolutely, positively impossible -- to do it alone. …

Entrepreneurship

WATCH: Meet The Terrorist's Son Who Refused To Follow In His Father's Footsteps

Zak Ebrahim is not my real name and was changed when my family decided to cut ties with my father, El-Sayed Nosair, the first member of a Bin Laden organization to shed blood on American soil.<p>As I share in my TED Talk, I have struggled for years to maintain my anonymity for fear of being judged for …

7 Life Lessons Millionaires Would Tell Their Younger Selves

Everyone has regrets--even millionaires and billionaires.<p>Making mistakes is how we learn, but you can look back on your younger (much dumber) self and roll your eyes with embarrassment. If only you knew then what you know now. It's even more disturbing to think that in the future (maybe just five …

Investing

5 Quotes About Leverage to Help You Push Your Business Forward

Growth Strategies > Success Strategies<p>Next Article<p>10 Mistakes High Achievers Never Make Twice<p>Next Article<p>Adam Toren • VIP Contributor<p>Serial entrepreneur, mentor, advisor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leverage is the key to making …

Entrepreneurship

5 Strategies for Growing Your Family Business Happily

President of StorageMart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting into business with your loved ones might sound like a dicey proposition, particularly when you look at the statistics. Roughly 70 percent of family-run businesses don't make it to the next generation. And …

Entrepreneurship

Why Business Leaders Must Set a Personal Mission

Chairman and CEO, First Western<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are bombarded with how-to advice on crafting a great mission statement for their companies. But if I wanted to relieve the pain and suffering that so many entrepreneurs experience while …

Entrepreneurship