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Nonprofits Can’t Keep Ignoring Talent Development

Is your social venture losing its homegrown talent — often to other social ventures? In the past two years, only 30% of open C-suite positions in the nonprofit sector were filled by an internal candidate (the rate at for-profits is 60% of positions). And almost half their replacements came from …

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6 Signs That You Have Developed A Good Habit | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

A Duke University study found that 45% of participants’ behavior was habitual, not intentional.<p>If this study is even a slightly accurate …

6 Simple Tips to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As a psychiatrist and meditation practitioner, I work with many people who have heard of the benefits of meditation, and want to commit to a daily …

Mindfulness

Have You Ever Considered That You’re Pooping Wrong?

It turns out that Western civilization has been pooping wrong for generations. According to scientists at the Stanford University Pelvic Floor Clinic, we’re meant to squat, not sit (which makes sense if you think about our ancestors’ bathroom habits).<p>Squatting relaxes your muscles in just the right …

A Clever Book Kids Need A Flashlight To Read

Reading after dark has lost a bit of its wonder. In the era of tablets, there’s no need for kids to rebel in the nerdiest of ways, stashing contraband flashlights in order to sneak some reading under their blankets after bedtime. iPads have blindingly bright backlights built right in.<p>But a …

'Life of Muhammad' PBS Series Explores Prophet's History

(RNS) He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and progressive views on marriage.<p>Then he becomes a prophet of God.<p>The portrait of the Muslim prophet, which emerges from a PBS …

Policy & Legislation

You're Probably Terrible at Saving, Right? Here's How to Get on Track | Inc.com

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you're probably worried you won't have enough tucked away for retirement. You many even expect to sell the company you've worked so hard to build, and live off of your gains.<p>That may be a mistake, Randy Gerber, founder of the personal finance group Gerber L.L.C., …

Why Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect | Inc.com

Malcolm Gladwell's <i>Outliers: The Story of Success</i> made famous the "10,000-hour rule" which says that to become an expert at something, you need not only talent and opportunity but also about 10,000 hours of practice at it.<p>Very often this holds true for entrepreneurs. Jon Auerbach, general partner at …

Your Personal Brand Matters | Inc.com

<i>Editor's note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster's blog.</i><p>I have long advised startup companies that if you don’t control your messaging somebody else will and your potential customers will form impressions of you shaped by somebody else or by nobody at all.<p>That's why it's important to …

Disaster is Coming. Are You Ready? | Inc.com

Last fall’s Superstorm Sandy provided a major wake-up call for small and mid-size businesses--at least those in the Northeast Corridor. Who could have imagined the kind of disruptions and outages that shut down the entire Northeast for weeks?<p>Well, hurricane season is coming up again. And while it’s …

How Complying With Obamacare Can Boost (Yes, Boost) Business | Inc.com

All too often, when we hear about the expected impact of ObamaCare on business--how the cost of providing benefits will have to be passed on to customers, say--it’s in general terms. It’s a lot more instructive to see how the numbers actually play out in a real business. And in the case of Marilyn …

Obama's 'Highest Priority': Reverse Growing Wealth Disparity | Inc.com

"Middle out" rather than "top down" was the theme of President Obama's speech on the economy at Illinois's Knox College on Wednesday afternoon.<p>Obama pointed out (to audience laughter) that the political gridlock has gotten worse, preventing improvements for the middle class.<p>"Unfortunately, …

10 Beliefs of Top Salespeople | Inc.com

A while back, I had a conversation about "having the right attitude " with Tom Black, author of "The Boxcar Millionaire." He gave me a list of personal beliefs that he's observed in top salespeople. Here's that list, slightly edited.<p>I believe that people are as happy as they want to be.<p>I am …

Success

Make Better Decisions by Thinking as a Team | Inc.com

Successful entrepreneurs are always quick to credit their teams as a major factor in their success. As I recently wrote, great teams build great businesses.<p>But while there are many reasons that it’s important to hire well, there’s one that people rarely consider: a great team helps you make the …

Climbing

6 Basic Steps to Landing a Sale | Inc.com

To say that making a sale is important to business is like saying oxygen is a vital component in breathing. Sales is the crux of business whatever its size and scope -- unless perhaps you’re a mammoth social media website with zero revenue and millions in angel investor cash, and even then your day …

9 (Free) Ways to Dazzle Your Customers | Inc.com

Lee brought three lattes to our table. He put one cup down, made eye contact with each of us, and asked how we were doing today. Then he stopped as three customers met his gaze. He smiled and chatted for about 10 seconds... and <i>then</i> Lee put down the other two cups and walked away to tend to other …

How Not To Screw Up Your Website | Inc.com

My company is getting ready to create a new website. After a woefully tardy and somewhat dysfunctional launch a few years ago, I know we really need to get it right the first time on this version. The website, like most, is meant to allow customers to do business their way, any time doing so is …

10 Things Leaders Must Learn to Do | Inc.com

Business leaders don't exist in a vacuum. Success is always relative to the competition. You may have a great product, service, concept, strategy, team, whatever, but if it doesn't rise above your competitors in a way that's meaningful to your customers, you will ultimately lose.<p>That's rule number …

Leadership

How to Get 6 Million Unique Visitors Every Month | Inc.com

In 2011, Chris Altchek left his job at Goldman Sachs. He created PolicyMic, a site that used Bleacher Report's model of hiring mostly-free contributors to produce content and applied it to politics.<p>Since then, Altchek and his co-founder Jake Horowitz have raised a small family-and-friends round …

New Mission: Get Really, Really Big | Inc.com

Alexa von Tobel is really excited.<p>Her company, LearnVest, is now known as LearnVest Planning, and is announcing Friday it has a fresh infusion of $16.5 million in funding to scale its seven-step financial plan it's informally dubbed "Weight Watchers for your money." It is hiring certified financial …

6 Sales Questions You're Afraid to Ask | Inc.com

There's a famous scene in the 1992 movie "A Few Good Men" where the hardened professional soldier (Jack Nicholson) yells to the idealist lawyer (Tom Cruise): "You can't handle the truth!"<p>Sad to say, that's often the case for salespeople, who are sometimes afraid to ask prospective customers …

Surprising Data on Where to Find Your Most Valuable Customers | Inc.com

For all the buzz among entrepreneurs about social media as a tool to gain business, the evidence of its importance is largely anecdotal. When talking of any type of direct marketing--sorry, buzz-riders, but that old-fashioned term is what this is--you need to understand the math behind the campaign.<p>…

Marketing

Big Hairy Audacious Goals? Please | Inc.com

I have lost sight of the number of board meetings or executive retreats I've attended in which, sooner or later, a decision is made that the company needs a BHAG: a Big Hairy Audacious Goal which the business writer, Jim Collins, thinks characterizes great companies.<p>BHAGs are exciting--because …

Who Are You, Who Are You Like, and Who's Your Competition? | Inc.com

Remember Qwikster?<p>You could easily be forgiven if not. Netflix's ill-fated spinoff, which would have separated its streaming business from DVD rentals and required two separate memberships for customers, infuriated users, caused the company's stock price to plummet, and lasted all of 23 days. It …

10 Tips for Improving Your Memory | Inc.com

Yesterday I was readying myself to sit down and write this column, and I completely forgot what subject I had planned. I laughed out loud when I found my notes and saw the title. Perhaps I couldn't remember because I have been extra busy this week, or maybe I am just getting old and my brain is …

Productivity

Rush Limbaugh Was Right About the Sequester | Inc.com

Just before the sequester kicked in, I wrote that it was difficult to tell if the hype was just "sky-is-falling politicking" or whether the budget cuts would truly affect Americans, especially business owners.<p>People knew the immediate impact would be limited. They also knew conservatives like Rush …

Small Business Owners: Obamacare Good, Bad | Inc.com

Even though the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate has been delayed a year, heathcare costs remain the number one economic concern for U.S. small businesses. And surveys by Sageworks and U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that most business owners expect their insurance costs to increase under …

How to Build a Great Personal Brand | Inc.com

Today, having a “personal brand” is virtually analogous to having resume--it’s essential, particularly for entrepreneurs. You have to not only be able to write about your experience but you need to be able to sell and market yourself. The definition of a brand is an experience, identity, or …