Melissa Doan McElfish

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How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all-time.<p>He is regarded as one of the "Top 100 Comedians of All-Time" by Comedy Central. He was also the co-creator and co-writer of <i>Seinfeld</i>, the long-running sitcom …

Procrastination

5 Keys to Engaging Performance Reviews

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many review systems follow a rigid structure that forces managers to apply the same standards to all employees -- that's not very engaging at all. Performance reviews should not be cookie cutter. Our five-step performance review …

Employment

Grow Your Company With Fewer Customers | Inc.com

<b>Helena Yli-Renko,</b> an assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship at USC's Marshall School of Business, was working on her Ph.D in Finland in the late 1990's when she began to observe a novel trend among Finnish telecommunications start-ups: rather than seeking out multiple customers to grow …

Business Strategy

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable: 5 Tips

Think of it as your mantra for the New Year: You'll never achieve more without moving a little further outside your comfort zone.<p>"As entrepreneurs we like to think that the world bends at our whim, but it doesn't work that way," says Amos Winbush III. He should know. He started out as a recording …

Business Strategy

Why Small-Company Perks Always Beat Big-Company Benefits

Sure, large corporations can offer nap pods and team building, but you'll always do better where you're closer to the real action.<p>People of San Francisco: Resist! You are right to protest the busses that are ruining your town and transporting your brightest souls away to the dark campuses of Google …

The Workplace

Pinpoint the Best Hire for Each Stage In Your Business Life Cycle

A startup in the development stage needs to hire a very different type of person than does a growth company aiming for maturity. Here's how to match your next hire to your company's unique stage in the business life cycle.<p>During my early years as a recruiter, I worked largely with entrepreneurial …

Customer Service

Working Successfully With Your Spouse

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For more than 20 years, Ron Yates and his wife, Mechelle, have run a Modesto, Calif., jewelry shop. Today, a marriage lasting that long is an accomplishment, but when you add in the challenges of running a business together, the …

Customers

6 Signs You're Sacrificing Too Much for Success

Business is going well, you're making all the money you need, and yet... you're not happy. If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be sacrificing too much for success.<p>As a founder, your job is never done. It comes with the territory of starting a business that you'll need to sacrifice a …

Gear & Gadgets

Inc.'s Top Stories of 2013

From the scrappiest startup stories to no-fail leadership advice, check out the most read articles and most watched videos on Inc.com this year.<p>Every year, <i>Inc.</i> aims to uncover the best entrepreneurial stories and discuss a range of issues that impact the small business community. Some stories hit …

University of California

A Novel Way to Identify Your Next Set of Executives

And make serious headway on organizational priorities while you're at it.<p>Succession planning, by and large, is more art than science. But as your organization grows, you'll want to find ways to gauge which of your existing employees might make for strong members of your leadership team.<p>One such …

Management

How to Lead People Who Have Never Followed

The people drawn to startups are independent self-starters who thrive in uncertainty. That's usually great, except when you're trying to get them to follow your lead. Here are a few tips for leading without resentment or unnecessary rules.<p>What's the biggest risk facing the leaders of most …

Leadership

A 7-Step Gratitude Guide for 2016

The new year will bring its inevitable ups and downs, but you can ensure a happy start by saying thank you to the people who make such a difference to you and your company.<p>As we get ready to jump into another year, it's important to set aside time to consider the people who make a difference in our …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

WATCH: 6 Insanely Popular TED Talks to Make 2014 the Best Year of Your Life

To kick off the new year, TEDWeekends is proud to present a compilation of six insanely popular TED talks from the past year. These talks inspired a tremendous amount of engagement from our community, and each one provides valuable insight that will help you get the most out of life in 2014.<p>We …

A Business Model With No Goals

Strict goals can be suffocating and hinder progress and innovation. Instead of planning how to work, just work.<p>Goals are good, right? They can help you increase your sales, or shave a minute off your mile. We wouldn’t have world-class athletes or <i>American Idol</i> champions without goals. Yet I can’t …

Money Is The By-Product Of A Business Driven By Passion

Alex and Ani was never intended to be just a jewelry company–it was intended to be a company with a heart and soul.<p>At the crux of that idea, says founder and creative director Carolyn Rafaelian, is a philosophy driven by social conscience and a commitment to community.<p>Carolyn Rafaelian<p>As Alex and …

Conscience

4 Ways to Fail and One Way to Win

Success requires two things: goals and process. The tricky part is how you put those two things together.<p>Success requires two things: knowing where you're going (goals) and doing things that get you there (process). There five ways to think about the relationship between goals and process. Only …

Self-improvement

4 Ways to Get Into a Positive Mindset for the New Year

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the New Year in sight, you may be starting to think about making resolutions. While entrepreneurs often think success will bring happiness, happiness expert Shawn Achor, author of <i>The Happiness Advantage</i> (2010: Crown …

Happiness

Perfectionists: 5 Ways to Find Some Peace in 2014

You can't control the jerks and slackers of the world, but you can control how you react to them.<p>Perfectionists have their place in business. They tend to be high achievers and often serve as critics who can help weed out flaws from products and processes.<p>But these folks have it rough in some ways. …

Self-help

Planning Ahead: 5 Steps to Dominating in Business in 2014

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This year is speeding by and 2014 is just around the corner. While many people wait until New Year's to get their personal and professional lives in order and create the change that they know was long overdue, you shouldn't have …

Entrepreneurship

With Employees, You Should Love Them or Leave Them

Without your employees, you have no business. So start thanking them.<p>Either tell your employees how you appreciate them or fire them.<p>Strange? Not at all. Your employees deserve to know that you appreciate their hard work. And if you don't appreciate their hard work, then why on earth are you paying …

Employment

Do You Identify and Develop the Right Type of Leader?

According to CEB, the old model of leadership isn't working. Is your business falling behind as a result?<p><i>You try to find, develop, and build leaders. But are your leaders "network leaders"?</i><p><i>Here's another in my series where I pick a topic and connect with someone a lot smarter than me. (There's a</i> …

Leadership

Let Go, Keep it Simple, Move Quickly: Secrets to Being a Productive Entrepreneur (Infographic)

1 min read<p>Time is money, especially if you are launching a business. As you kick off the new year, let go of old habits and focus on becoming more efficient.<p>From figuring out the perfect sleep temperature to dumping the clutter from your desk and learning how to let go of "perfect," streamlining …

Infographics

The Guide to Running a Small Business: 8 Things You'll Never Want to Forget

1. Nothing Happens Overnight<p>In the early stages of running my small business, I constantly found myself filled with feelings of anxiousness and …

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …