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Six Things Entrepreneurs Should Stop Doing Immediately

We all have “to do” lists that help keep us focused on the things that can make us more successful.<p>Having a “things not to do list” can accomplish the same thing, and actually could be more effective.<p>With that by way of background, here are six things that you want to stop doing today.<p>1. <b>Whining.</b> No …

Burberry’s CEO on Turning an Aging British Icon into a Global Luxury Brand

<i>Photography: Getty Images</i><p><b>The Idea:</b> Before Angela Ahrendts became Burberry’s CEO, licensing threatened to destroy the brand’s unique strengths. The answer? Centralize design and focus on innovating core heritage products.<p>When I became the CEO of Burberry, in July 2006, luxury was one of the …

What If China Stops Buying U.S. Government Debt?

Just about everyone worries that Beijing, perturbed by the ongoing squabble in Washington, will sour on Treasuries. This concern is embedded in the provocative title of Eamonn Fingleton’s recent Forbes posting: “If Republicans Want to Shut Down Washington, They’ll Have to Ask China’s Permission …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Flexible Workspaces: Employee Perk Or Business Tool To Recruit Top Talent?

Thirty million Americans now work from home at least one day a week, with that number forecast to increase sharply in the coming years, according to the Telework Reseach Network. By 2020, 1 in 3 people will be hired to work online, from anywhere they want, according to an estimate from Odesk, an …

6 Steps For More Effective Delegation

DIY should not be the MO of the CEO.<p>Delegating is a great way to ensure that more tasks get done in less time, and it also builds team capacity. Unfortunately, a lot of managers don’t pay enough attention to the delegation process, and thus fail to reap the benefits. Are you a successful …

The Choice

• <b>Author:</b> Nicholas Sparks<p><b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><b><br>Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we'll never have to make.</b><p>Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North …

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal

• <b>Author:</b> Eric Van Lustbader<p>Already devastated by loss, Bourne is shattered by a report that his last friend in the world, Martin Lindros has gone missing. A CI deputy director, Lindros was in tracking suspicious shipments of yellowcake uranium and atomic bomb weaponry. His last lifeline to humanity, …

Transfer of Power

• <b>Author:</b> Vince Flynn<p><b>What if America's most powerful leader was also its prime target?</b><br>Vince Flynn's shattering thriller, <i>Term Limits,</i> soared onto national bestseller lists and marked the emergence of a new master of political fiction in the same league as Tom Clancy. In <i>USA Today,</i> Larry King called <i>Term</i> …

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>Dick Grote, author of <i>How to Be Good at</i> …