Maroti Gabor

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7 Must-Dos Before the End of the Year

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Now that December has arrived, it's time to make some smart moves to set up your company for an even better next year.<p>Here's my seven-point checklist for entrepreneurs at the year's end:<p>1. Set the stage for growth.<p>Can your company …

How Being Filmed Changes Employee Behavior

Since Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, more than 154,000 people have signed a “We the People” petition to the White House to “require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera” to curb misconduct. The Ferguson police force was recently given about 50 cameras, following a …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven't Heard Of (and How They Did It)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to wealthy entrepreneurs, there are a lot of names you probably think of immediately, such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson. However, there are plenty of millionaires out there that you likely …

Boost Your Productivity with Laptop Monitors | Inc.com

As great as laptops can be, they often lack something that many pros swear by on their desktops--a second monitor. Second monitors represent the ideal blend of functionality that comes from having two documents available full-screen for simultaneous reference. Multiple studies have shown that …

$750 million in gift cards will go unused in 2014

If you are giving someone a gift card this holiday season, it might be worth nagging them to actually use it. New research estimates that $750 …

How Low Can Oil Go?

Six months ago, I wrote a detailed report warning about the bubble in crude oil and why it was likely headed for a bust. That was on June 9th, when light sweet crude oil was trading at $102 per barrel; in less than two weeks, the crude oil bubble reached its peak, and plunged to just $66 today – a …

Switzerland rejects immigration cap

Swiss voters have roundly rejected an initiative to put a cap on immigration in the name of environmental concerns.<p>Final results showed 74.1% of voters said no in a referendum spearheaded by Ecopop, a group describing themselves as leftist ecologists, who claimed the country was being “buried under …

How Can Data Scientists Build Trust In Advanced Analytics?

The victories won by data science specialists such as Palantir, Opera Solutions, and Teradata’s Think Big have shown the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to solve high value problems. But these companies focus quite a bit on what I call Bottom of the Funnel Business Intelligence, …

Samsung keeps its mobile chief despite plummeting smartphone sales

With rumors swirling about the fate of mobile head J.K. Shin, Samsung has announced that he would keep his job after all. Reports suggested that Shin -- who recently took a huge pay cut -- may be replaced by consumer electronics chief B.K. Yoon in light of weak smartphone sales. Samsung's top …

German Government May Say 'Nein' To After Work Emails

All of us are familiar with the sound a smartphone makes when an email or text has arrived. Our somewhat Pavlovian response is to pick up the device, see who the message is from and read it.<p>In Germany, a growing number of these emails come from the boss contacting employees after work. That's not …

Understanding “New Power”

We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.<p>There are those …

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance

I choked.<p>It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety. Before we’d started, the most important thing was to win. But during the match, I just wanted to get off the court <i>fast.</i> Burping uncontrollably, afraid of throwing up, I hit …

How to Give a Meaningful “Thank You”

Forget the empty platitudes; your star employee is not a “godsend.” They are a person deserving of your not infrequent acknowledgment and worthy of appreciation and respect. When was the last time you thanked them — really thanked them?<p>In my line of work, I frequently communicate with CEOs and …

Can You Be Friends With Your Boss?

A few years ago, I found myself uncomfortably witnessing a painful breakup. But it wasn’t a couple struggling through a divorce; it was the unraveling of a friendship, complicated by the fact that the two people in question were also a boss and his subordinate. They were once so close that the …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

Why Government Workers Are Harder to Motivate

It’s no secret that managing in the public sector is different from managing in the world of business. Often the environments in which government managers operate can actually make it <i>more</i> <i></i>difficult to succeed. That’s what <i>Fortune</i> magazine seemed to conclude after spending time in 2012 with the police …

How to Disagree with Your Boss

Harsha thought things were going well in his new role. Six months earlier, he was hired by Najib, a wealthy and powerful man in Dubai, to turn around the flagging reputation and prospects of a five-star business hotel. It took little time for Harsha to identify three areas of focus that he was …

To Get Over Something, Write About It

In one of my leadership development workshops, we invited participants to write up and present an account of a difficult experience. We ended up with more than we had expected when Simon, a senior executive at an oil company, told the group about a harrowing experience that he had never properly …

Getting Virtual Teams Right

Anna Parini<br>“Virtual” teams—ones made up of people in different physical locations—are on the rise. As companies expand geographically and as telecommuting becomes more common, work groups often span far-flung offices, shared workspaces, private homes, and hotel rooms. When my firm, Ferrazzi …

2 Myths About Engaging B-Players

The business world’s understandable fascination with star performers can lure us into the dangerous trap of underestimating the vital importance of supporting actors. Top players do make enormous contributions. Yet in our collective 30 years of consulting, research, and teaching, we have found that …

What HR Needs to Do to Get a Seat at the Table

Lately, Human Resources has become a very hot topic – for reasons both good and bad.<p>The good: There is sufficient research to show that executive leadership wants and needs a business partner that adds value to the organization and the bottom line.<p>The bad: HR is not delivering.<p>This tension is not …

The 5 Things You Need to Land Venture Capital

<i>In the book,</i> Write Your Business Plan<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer tips from an investing expert about</i> …

If You Want Happy Customers, Do These 5 Things (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The holiday season is fast approaching, which means the serious shopping season has already begun.<p>For retailers looking to capitalizing on this most magical time of year, there's one key ingredient: Happy customers. Why? Happy customers …

8 Qualities of Leaders Who Deliver Value Every Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is a means to create value for others through self-expression. How a leader shows up is everything as it sets the tone for others to either emulate or evade.<p>Making the jump from manager to director to leader is never a …

How to End Your Day on a Positive Note

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you spend your evening stressing about the events of earlier in the day? Bringing the stresses of work home with can not only have a negative impact on your home life, but can affect your productivity in the days that follow as your …

Why Are Companies Still Avoiding Telecommuting?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The technology is here. People are already “connected” by phone, tablet, or computer during every waking moment. High-speed broadband Internet is used in 72 percent of U.S. homes. Multiple studies show that productivity increases when …

Expert Advice: What to Do When an Employee Is Caught Stealing

This story appears in the December 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Q: How do I fire an employee who was caught stealing?<p><b>A:</b> Joyce Margulies, a Memphis, Tenn.-based attorney and chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, says entrepreneurs need to do their due …

Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Brian Bordainick remembers when he snapped.<p>He was in the process of building what is now a $16 million trendy data-driven dining startup called Dinner Lab. Many would have loved to trade spots with him. Things were happening fast.<p>But he …