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Technical Experts Need to Get Better at Telling Stories

“If only we could tell our stories better,” is a refrain I hear often from people I work with in the science and technology community. And I understand why. In my experience, startup and technical business leaders don’t tell their innovation stories well. This is a huge missed opportunity. When …

Wall Street

The 3 Most Important Leadership Principles I've Learned Over the Past 24 Years | Inc.com

Samuel Langley should have been the first man to fly.<p>He was highly-educated, amply funded, and widely supported. He had all the right ingredients for success. But on December 1903, when the first successful manned flight took off, it was not Langley at the controls. It was two brothers with no …

Leadership

8 Tough Questions to Ask About Your Company’s Strategy

Companies often fail to address the tough questions about strategy and execution: Are we really clear, as a leadership team, about how we choose to create value in the marketplace? Can we articulate the few things the organization needs to do better than anyone else in order to deliver on that …

Management

10 Bucket-List Adventures in the U.S. National Parks

Paddling past giant glaciers, sand boarding down towering dunes and driving a sled-dog team through Alaskan wilderness are only a sampling of the …

How Decision Making Evolves as a Startup Grows

vincent tsui FOR HBR<p>As I approach the 10-year anniversary of HubSpot, the marketing and sales software firm of which I’m CEO, I’ve been reflecting back on the decisions I’ve made — both right and wrong. There has been a fair share of both. I’ve also been considering how my decision-making process …

Management

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

ATMs

Why Decisions Get Second-Guessed, and What to Do About It

Leaders strive to be decisive. But all too often their well-reasoned decisions are reopened by bosses and colleagues, or worse ignored, which slows down progress and breeds resentment, confusion, and paralysis. How can you make sure that your decisions stick? In the course of researching our new …

Management

'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear

Investors have already labeled this period "The Great Reset." Why?<p>There wasn't a single IPO in January for the first time since September 2011.<br>• As the public market has slashed the value of tech companies like LinkedIn and Tableau almost in half, their private counterparts look oversize.<br>• The industry …

Venture Capital

To Motivate Employees, Do 3 Things Well

Given the extraordinary low levels of engagement in the U.S. workforce — a recent Gallup poll showed that 70% of employees are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work — many leaders are looking for solutions. Some turn to material perks (bonuses, game rooms, free food) in the hopes of making …

Employment

What Can You Stop Micromanaging in 2016?

It’s not too late to do some strategic planning for next year. It’s late. But it’s never too late.<p>In the past, we’ve touched on several different …

Product Management

10 Fun National Park Activities for Kids

Become a Junior Ranger<p>Nearly every national park has a junior ranger program, enabling kids to earn badges or patches for completing various …

National Parks

20 of the Best Slide Decks for SaaS Leaders [SlideShare]

One of the best things about being a SaaS business today is the sheer number of resources available to founders and leaders. We've found that …

Why Companies Are So Bad at Treating Employees Like People

Few disagree that the time is ripe for reimagining complex organizations so that they are more human and more agile. But existing models for how to make the shift seem to offer a choice between a rock and a hard place.<p>Take the thorny problem of developing people. Anachronistic annual performance …

Corporate Culture

7 Things as CEO You Can Do Today To Be a Better Manager

<b>Have unstructured weekly, or at least biweekly, 1-on-1 with all your VPs.</b> So many folks just don’t do this. The key is to have no deep agenda, that …

Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition

• 3.7Kshares<p>In the many thousands of articles advising entrepreneurs on what they have to focus on to build successful startups, much has been written …

Product Management

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t …

Management

Bridge Group 2015 SaaS Inside Sales Survey Report

Survey results from 342 B2B SaaS companies on key inside sales metrics including group structure, ramp and retention, quota and compensation, …

SaaS

2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey – Part 1

• 642shares<p>For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to …

9 National Parks to Visit with Your Kids

Yellowstone National Park<p>Wyoming 1 of 10<p>Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America's oldest national park. Take the kids to see Old Faithful then …

Top 10 national parks in California

Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood … California’s national and state parks are home to some of the most iconic views and landscapes on the planet. Here’s how to explore them<p>Death Valley national park<p>It sounds like a place to avoid, but don't let the ominous name scare you away. Most of …

National Geographic Travel

Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America's best national park

America’s best national park: Who ya got? Half Dome or Old Faithful? Yellowstone’s towering geysers or Yosemite’s majestic waterfalls? The bald eagles and buffalo herds in Yellowstone, or the black bear and bighorn sheep of Yosemite?<p>Two of America’s largest and most popular parks each boast some of …

10 Best: Hotels Near National Parks

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY HOTEL, WILLIAMS, AZ<p>After a hard day of exploring the Grand Canyon, you'll want a comfortable bed, and the kids will want a break …

National Parks

Make Time for the Work That Matters

More hours in the day. It’s one thing everyone wants, and yet it’s impossible to attain. But what if you could free up significant time—maybe as much as 20% of your workday—to focus on the responsibilities that really matter?<p>We’ve spent the past three years studying how knowledge workers can become …

7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders.<p>Unfortunately, despite spending approximately $164.2 billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to …

Employee Engagement

Where to Eat in Miami Right Now

Travel

The Rule of 40% For a Healthy SaaS Company

There are lots of blogs and anecdotes on (a) how to build a successful SaaS company and (b) what a successful SaaS company looks like. Yesterday’s …

SaaS

10 Best Beaches in the U.S.

Style destination: The Florida Keys

Research editor Mary Levitski explores the chain of islands at the States’ southernmost point, where American and Caribbean cultures converge in …

Key West

Luxury for Less: Where to Stay and Save in the Florida Keys

Finding hotels that deliver real bang for your buck isn't easy, but it <i>is</i> possible -- and fortunately, we did the work for you. We were stunned by …