Jeannette Naughton

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Most Managers Think of Themselves as Coaches

As a manager, do you think of yourself as a leader or as a coach? Do you, for instance, feel it’s important that your staff see you as an expert or do you prefer to create an egalitarian environment? Are you the person who solves problems or helps your staff come up with their own solutions? Are …

Should Couples Go into Business Together?

There’s a ton of advice aiming to answer whether or not couples working together is a good idea, as more and more couples are choosing to open joint firms. It’s been estimated that 3 million of the 22 million U.S. small businesses in 2000 were couple-owned, and that number has likely gone up.<p>But to …

The Metrics Sales Leaders Should Be Tracking

As an executive vice president for sales, I spent countless hours reviewing, examining, and analyzing the sales forecast for my company. I required the managers who reported to me to do the same. And that’s what they asked their reps to do, too. We weren’t alone. Conversations between sales …

Family Business Owners Must Set the Agenda (Without Micromanaging)

“It’s <i>our</i> money.”<p>With those three little words, Charles changed the course of his family’s shipping business**, highlighting the role that owners can play in a family business. His father had founded the business in the 1960s and, after building it to $500 million in revenue, had passed ownership …

Five Signs that Your Mentor Is Giving You Bad Advice

Not long ago, I attended the “Forever Green Leadership Gala” in Menlo Park, a fundraiser for The Girl Scouts of Northern California. The event honored two women with impressive accomplishments: Noosheen Hashemi, who earlier in her career spent a decade at Oracle and was instrumental in its 1991 …

5 Reasons You Need Interns to Build Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You probably don’t wake up every morning (or any morning for that matter) and think about how you need more 19-year-olds in your life or in order to effectively grow your business. But, maybe you should.<p>I have used college interns …

Making Gratitude Part of Your Company Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to reflect on all that we’re grateful for, but for some companies, gratitude is not a once-a-year occasion, but is a value embedded in their company culture.<p>Bristol Mountain, a ski resort in upper New …

Do You Really Know What Social Media Is?

<i>Below is an except from my soon to be released Social Media Book Tweet Naked.</i><p>Social media is as appropriately named as any invention since the automobile, which automatically made you mobile. First, the term uses the word “social,” which in this case refers to the act of being social, or …

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: "Don't ask "What else can we make?" Ask "What else can we do for our customers?" http://t.co/gCCbLY2Rcp @NirajDawar http://t.co/qh8F46q9Wu"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>Replying to @<b>HarvardBiz</b><p>@<b>Peter_Sobotta</b> Focus strategy on customer needs …

Learning to Say “No” Is Part of Success

Success* is often built on a reflexive habit of saying “yes” to opportunities that come our way. We’re hungry for any chance to prove ourselves, and when we’re presented with one, we take it, even—or especially—if it seems daunting. (A lesson I learned years ago was to say yes to opportunities that …

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many …

Lean In — To a Balanced Life

Last year, in my junior-level management class, I showed Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk, in which she presents the main ideas from her book <i>Lean In.</i> Aside from the fact that very few of my business undergrads knew who she was (seriously? Grrr), it was a great class experience. We had an in-depth …

Today, Just Be Average

Do you ever “back door brag” about being a perfectionist?<p>Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it’s an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness.<p>I recently interviewed David Burns, author …

7 Facts About Why Failure Is False | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

1. As the True Fabric of life is a cosmic weave of ceaseless beginnings, your power for starting over is backed up by Reality itself. Put the power …

Motivation

5 Ways to Stop Laziness In Its Tracks | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Is procrastination eating into your valuable study time? Does it stop you from making the change to a healthier lifestyle or affecting your …

Procrastination

3 Ways Your Comfort Zone Is Restricting Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Expanding your comfort zone is great because of this…because of that…<p>Personally, I’m more of a consequence thinker. So when people explain a bunch of …

Outsourcing

The Brain—and Soul—of Capitalism

In 1970 the economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman called corporate social responsibility “hypocritical window dressing,” saying that businesspeople inclined toward it “reveal a suicidal impulse.” How times have changed. Some executives still take a Friedmanesque view, but most accept social …

Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too

Most people want to be liked: It’s one of the fundamental tenets of human behavior. Because of that motivation, many of us have an unconscious desire to avoid conflict. We prefer to “get along,” “not make waves,” and “act as a team player.” We all want to be known as a great person to work with.<p>The …

Three Cognitive Traps that Stifle Global Innovation

Which is the more likely cause of death — shark attack or falling airplane parts? The answer to Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahnemann’s question is surprising; falling airplane parts. (In fact, you are 30 times more likely to die from a piece of falling airplane than you are at the jaws …

Four Lean Advertising Campaigns That Went Viral

In my research, I use eye-tracking technology, facial-expression analysis, and lab experiments to better understand why people choose to view online videos, what narrative techniques keep them watching, and what features prompt them to share videos with friends. Since writing about this work in HBR …

A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model

The business model canvas — as opposed to the traditional, intricate business plan — helps organizations conduct structured, tangible, and strategic conversations around new businesses or existing ones. Leading global companies like GE, P&G, and Nestlé use the canvas to manage strategy or create …

For Women Leaders, Likability and Success Hardly Go Hand-in-Hand

In their blog post, “New Research Shows Success Doesn’t Make Women Less Likable,” Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman conclude from their analysis of assessments of men and women leaders who have come through their leadership program that “likeability and success actually go together remarkably well for …

Best Places to Launch: 5 Factors to Consider | Inc.com

When it comes to start-up friendly cities, San Francisco's got nothing on... Tulsa, Oklahoma?<p>On Monday, the personal finance website NerdWallet published a list of its highest-ranked cities for young entrepreneurs. According to the site, the best places for cash-strapped founders are located well …