Michael Kastrissios

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95 Percent of New Products Fail. Here Are 6 Steps to Make Sure Yours Don't

Here's the tried-and-true formula for a successful product launch. The future of your business may depend on it.<p>According to Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, there are over 30,000 new products introduced every year, and 95 percent fail. According to University of Toronto …

Product Management

8 Key Traits of the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

From Cuban to Sandberg, the world's top business leaders all understand how much these qualities count.<p>You hear it all the time: <i>Focus on your values.</i> After all, your values should guide everything you do with your brand and help connect you with customers. But what should those values be? Out of …

Entrepreneurship

How the Book 'To Sell Is Human' Changed My Thinking

In 'To Sell is Human,' Daniel Pink discusses what it means to be human. Selling is not just a job of a salesperson. We all sell something everyday.<p>Using loads of data and multiple studies, Daniel Pink argues that 99% of us are selling something every day. This something could be a product, a …

Selling

Warren Buffett Says These Simple Habits That Most of Us Ignore Separate Successful People From Everyone Else

The Oracle of Omaha wants you to succeed with these simple habits that even a 14-year-old could pull off.<p>Sometimes, I just have to shake my head at Warren Buffett's wisdom. Is it earth-shattering? Hardly.<p>At 87 years young, he keeps imparting on us the simplest advice that has made him a success …

Self-improvement

How an 18-Year-Old Uncovered Tim Ferriss's Secret Cold Email Template to Reach CEOs and VIPs

Never email someone and ask to 'jump on the phone,' 'get coffee' or 'pick your brain.'<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>My journey began when I was an 18-year-old college freshman. The day before my final exams, I hacked The Price Is Right, won a sailboat, sold</i> …

Self-improvement

7 Inspiring Podcasts That Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to This Summer

Make the most of your summer with these informative and entertaining podcasts.<p>Summer is around the corner, which means beach getaways and family vacations are also on the horizon. While the rest of your friends search Amazon for their summer book list, you should find great podcasts to fill your …

Self-improvement

6 Steps To Land Your Dream Job -- In A New City

Thinking about relocating? Searching for a gig in a new city can seem overwhelming, but with a little planning, you’ll be flying to your dream job in no time.<p>Many of my career coaching clients ask me if they need to relocate before landing a job. In short? No. It’s definitely possible to land …

6 Apps to Help You Earn Money While Traveling for Business

Make money while you are off making money with these six apps.<p>As an entrepreneur, any opportunity to earn extra cash while building a career is a bonus. That doesn't have to stop while traveling away from the office, either. Not only are there potential marketing and networking connections, …

Apps

42 Percent of Startups Fail for This 1 Simple Reason (It's Not What You Think)

Close to half of the over 100 startups analyzed made this mistake -- and never recovered.<p>CBI Insights recently analyzed 101 startup post-mortems (reports they wrote after they failed). The researchers extracted the top reasons startups fail, including things like a pivot going wrong; legal …

Startups

Jeff Bezos Knows How to Run a Meeting. Here's How He Does It

When it comes to getting more out of business meetings, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have cracked the code.<p>Bad meetings: We've all experienced them. Whether it's poor planning, too much talking, or lack of preparation, bad meetings waste precious time and money.<p>But Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos …

Team Building

It Took Steve Jobs Less Than 60 Seconds to Share the Best Leadership Advice You'll Hear Today

Resist the urge to fix all your team's problems, and do this instead<p>Back in the spring of 1992, Steve Jobs was invited to speak to a group of students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. (According to MIT, the lecture was a bit of a surprise, the result of the efforts of a Sloan student whose …

Leadership

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

Employment

A Framework That Will Help You Tell Amazing Stories

There is a class of entertainment that is underrated, in spite of its external success: stories about telling stories. Hit shows like <i>How I Met Your</i> …

We're on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

It's better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late<p>One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book <i>Mapping Innovation</i> is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business …

Innovation

How to impress someone when you only have a minute of their time

You're standing in a hotel lobby, scrolling through Twitter on your phone, when you recognize the person standing next to you as the owner of some of the hottest restaurants in town. Coincidentally, you have a background in the food and beverage industry and would love nothing more than to be part …

4 Ways to Sell Without Being Viewed as a Salesperson

If you want to start closing more business, you need to drop the sales mentality and do these 4 things instead.<p>Nobody wants to feel like they're being sold to. This was true ten years ago, and with today's technology-fueled evolution in consumer preferences, it's clear that businesses must shift …

Google Search

'Your Career Is Not Linear': Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert On Her Rise To The Top

When you walk into the sun-soaked office of Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, it’s impossible to ignore the view. From the 33rd floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Empire State Building is so close it looks like a photograph, the window a frame. But Engelbert, 53, is not nearly as taken with the …

The chairman of PwC said that after surveying more than 1,200 CEOs, he believes there are 4 things every CEO must do

For the past two decades, professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has been surveying more than 1,000 CEOs around the world each year.<p>Over the past few surveys, it's become clear that a growing number of CEOs are concluding that maximizing quarterly growth is not the path to sustainable, …

21 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

Successful people are readers because being at the top of your game involves perpetually working on self-improvement.<p>Successful people are readers. For one thing, people at the top of their game are typically big into self-improvement. Not only that, research has shown people who read books …

startups

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>One example: While I’m definitely into finding ways to improve personal …

Are You Ready to Start a Company? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions.

Do you have what it takes to be a leader?<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Adapted from</i> Crack the C-Suite Code: How Successful Leaders Make It to the Top<i>, by Cassandra Frangos, copyright 2018. Reprinted by permission of Wharton Digital Press.</i><p>Amy Chang, former …

Entrepreneurship

Google Wanted to Know What Makes a Manager Great, So It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. <i>What's a google</i>?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

Leadership

7 Habits That Will Make You a More Fun Person to Be Around

Try out these tips to become the life of any party.<p><i>How can I learn to be more fun? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of ceolifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p><b>Go on life</b> …

personalimprovement

In 1 Sentence, Elon Musk Shares His Single Best Piece of Business and Personal Advice

In contrast to the usual blustery, brash statements and advice Musk gives, this one is powerful for its simplicity and applicability.<p>You can say what you want about Elon Musk, but two things are undeniable. He has a habit of making bold bets, and he isn't shy about sharing equally bold …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Get Clients to Pay You Faster

Getting paid doesn't have to be as challenging as you think<p>Whether you're a freelancer or you own your own company, billing clients is one of the most frustrating parts of the process. You've gone above and beyond to deliver great work, and you expect to be paid for it on time! Unfortunately, not …

Small Business

Five Ways to Become a Workplace "Yoda"

These five steps can help you give better feedback -- and help make it stick<p>When it comes to feedback, employees and managers often approach it the same way: avoidance.<p>Often, employees dread feedback because they automatically think it will be negative. When someone hears, "your boss wants to talk …

Employment

This Famous Albert Einstein Quote Nails It. The Smartest People Today Display This 1 Trait

Enhance relationships, have great conversations, think creatively, and problem-solve better.<p>In one famous quote, Albert Einstein explained his genius when he famously said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."<p>The second part of that quote is certainly good news for the …

Creativity

A Single Word Can Change Your Life in 2018. Here's How

It can inspire you all the way to 2019.<p>Do you believe that just one word can change your life for the better? If not, I don't blame you. I was skeptical too until I tried it. What's the special word? It's different for everyone. Here's how to find yours.<p>I first learned about this process from the …

Positive Thinking

21 Questions Amazon Asks Its Job Candidates

If you want to work for Jeff Bezos, you're going to have to answer some tough questions first.<p><b>Amazon goes to great lengths to ensure that they are hiring the right people.</b><p><b>We sifted through hundreds of Glassdoor reviews to find some of the company's toughest interview questions.</b><p><b>Questions about</b> …

Employment

How This 25-Year-Old Earns A Passive Revenue of $400K A Year While Traveling The World

It’s been almost two years since I left my corporate life in New York City to work remotely and travel the world. When I first left my apartment, job, and other comforts, I was terrified: I had no idea whether it was possible to build a business on the road, let alone make a decent living from …

Entrepreneurship