Noah Kosteba

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The Secret to Super Effective Employees

Wisteria is a climbing vine that drapes big, gorgeous clusters of lilac-colored flowers like a cascading waterfall. It is fairly easy to grow, so much so that it can get out of control and spread wildly.<p>However, did you know that Chinese wisteria twines counterclockwise as it climbs and Japanese …

Employment

The Miracle Manager -- Why True Leaders Rarely Make Great Managers

I’ll be frank with you: I am much better at leading than managing. How did I find this out? I was the top salesperson in an international investment firm—the “leader” in selling. Because of this, they decided to make me a manager, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. I had some leadership …

Nelson Mandela

When Writing Your Business Plan, Be Sure to Include This

A plan to outsource back office departments can save you time and money.<p>3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since the inception of my company enBio, we have outsourced human resources and payroll. If you’re ready to start a business, I suggest you do the same and …

Small Business

A Key Employee Just Quit. Here's What To Do (& Not Do) Next

Imagine that your most valuable employee hands you a two-week notice. Do you seek a reimbursement for training?<p>Recently, I was speaking with a contractor who told me about his employee who had been with his business for ten-plus years and just handed in a two-week notice. Citing lack of growth as …

Customers

New Research Shows Bitcoin's Meteoric Rise Was a Scam

Crypotocurrencies are the latest in a centuries-long line of speculative bubbles driven by shrewd insiders taking advantage of gullible investors.<p>3 min read<p>Academic researchers at the University of Texas have concluded at least half of Bitcoin's rise to a peak price of nearly $20,000 last year was …

Cryptocurrency

Managing an Employee with a Bad Attitude? Just Focus on What This Person Does.

An employee who complains is tolerable if you set guidelines for what is acceptable behavior.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I teach leadership programs all over the country, and one of the most significant questions I get from leaders and managers in my …

Leadership

15 of the best fragrances for men

With Father's Day on the horizon, Bazaar reveals the most irresistible fragrances for men

Beauty

How Do You Use Your 168 Hours Each Week?

An interview with the work-life expert who doesn’t think you’re as busy as you think.<p>Laura Vanderkam is a work-life-balance expert who believes we …

Time Management

Answering These 10 Questions Yes Will Instantly Prove You Are Meant to Lead People

This self-diagnosis will help determine employees' commitment to their boss, and to their work.<p>Conventional thinking demands that we throw more perks, bonuses, and pay raises at employees to increase their work satisfaction or "boost their morale."<p>But carrot-and-stick methods of motivation don't …

Employee Engagement

I Tried Jeff Bezos's PowerPoint Replacement at My Company--and It Actually Worked

Getting your team literally on the same page increases meeting productivity, keeps everyone engaged and allows for meaningful dialogue.<p>A few months back, a friend whose new boss used to work for Jeff Bezos at Amazon told me that the company actually banned PowerPoint presentations in favor of memos.<p>…

Jeff Bezos

How to Recruit a Passionate Workforce

In many industries, it can be tough enough to find people with the hard skills needed to fill your most urgent job openings. So how much harder is it …

Human Resources

Celebrity Influencer Marketing Is Dead, Report Says--Real Employees And Customers Are Better

While many (including me) have heralded influencer marketing as one of the Holy Grails of effective public relations, a new report from Sprout Social suggests that celebrity influencers are rapidly losing their power.<p>But before you hang up the towel on influencer marketing, consider this novel (and …

Public Relations

8 signs people are intimidated by you — even if you don't realize it

1/<p>They won't make eye contact<p>NBC<p>There are a whole number of reasons as to why someone might not want to make eye contact with you. Maybe they're …

Self-help

How to Negotiate Your Salary: Managers’ 13 Top Tips

“Does anyone know how to negotiate salary?” my friend asks at one of our semiregular wine nights. Our conversations usually run the gamut from what’s …

Employment

11 behaviors that indicate you're a 'problem employee'

Problem employees aren't just irritating, they can also be financially draining for a business. Research shows that these employees can cost an …

Leadership

What's The One Word Business Guru Tom Peters Writes On His Hand Before Meetings?

Tom Peters is one of the bestselling business authors of all time and is a sought-after expert on management and leadership. When he’s in a meeting, he was likely invited to share his wisdom and insights. Surprisingly, in his latest book, <i>The Excellence Dividend</i>, Peters confesses that he’s taken up …

Note-Taking

5 Unspoken Rules That Lead to a Toxic Culture

There are enough rules to worry about at work; we shouldn't have to sweat the unwritten ones, too. But if left unaddressed, they'll tank the culture.<p>The fact that toxic workplaces are the fifth leading cause of death may not be overtly known by leaders, but many are starting to at least intuit that …

Leadership

How Can You Really Tell Someone Is an Exceptional Leader? Ask This 1 Simple Question

The answer is an eye-opener.<p>Have you ever thought about the essence of true leadership? How exactly do you define it?<p>Better yet, how do you simply become a good leader in your office or business -- enough so that your employees, peers, and customers will respect you?<p>The answer comes down to a …

Leadership

What Every Leader Needs to Know About the Rule of 7

Leaders need to shift their management approach as their teams grow.<p>I've written before about the importance of corporate culture, how to define it, and how to enforce it to help your company reach peak performance. Culture is the line a group draws that separates the behaviors they stand for, …

Management

Why Your Salmon Turned Out Dry (& How to Prevent It from Happening Again) — Tips from The Kitchn

Salmon is a weeknight dinner staple for a reason — when done right, it's quick, versatile, and deliciously tender. But we'd be hard-pressed to find …

Seafood

Regular meetings ruin productivity as workers worry about running late, study says

Regular meetings ruin productivity because workers are constantly worried about running late, a study has found.<p>Staff anticipating a meeting - or people expecting a friend for dinner - mentally subtract up to 30 per cent of the time they have available.<p>Scientists found that having created an …

Time Management

Five Principles Of Franchising That Never Change

Since the early beginnings of franchising there have been certain constants that have never changed. I refer to these as the Principles of Franchising. They represent the foundation upon which every successful franchise system is built. If franchisors are guided by these principles they can be …

Entrepreneurship

Lead Where You Stand: 4 Keys To Leading The Microsoft Way

How can a leader become a great coach?<p>Coaching your team is an integral part of improving performance and meeting your goals. But it can be a delicate process: what’s the best methodology to follow? What should you always keep in mind? And how can you prepare your direct reports for what’s …

Leadership

Saying Yes to Any of These 8 Questions Reveals You're Way More Emotionally Intelligent Than You Think

Ever wonder what your strengths and limitations are in emotional intelligence? Now you know.<p>There's no shortage of content available on the popular topic emotional intelligence -- it's everywhere, and found to be one of the most desired qualities for personal and professional development.<p>But …

Emotional Intelligence

Science Says These are 4 of the Worst Kinds of Bosses You Can Have

Bad bosses have a negative impact on employee state of mind and they don't help your company perform better either.<p>Not all bosses are equal. In fact, in somewhat comical <i>Office Space</i> fashion, many company leaders miss the mark by a long shot. There are extremely few among us who have not lived …

Psychology

2 Books That Will Change Your Mindset And Business (That You've Probably Never Heard Of)

There are lots of books out there that everyone has read. There are others which are slightly less known, but that are written by some of the best practitioners in the world.<p><i>"If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll think like everyone else thinks."</i>--Ryan Holiday<p>Like many people who read …

Self-improvement

How Profits Soared At Carnival After Its CEO Discovered The Greatest Communication Tool Of All Time

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship—Horizon—departs from New York City this week with about 4,000 guests. Also on board are 1,450 crew members who are responsible for keeping those passengers safe, happy, and eager to take another cruise.<p>Across all of Carnival Corp’s nine cruise brands, more than …

Leadership

5 Reasons Business Owners Don't Fire Bad Employees--and 5 Bigger Reasons Why They're Wrong

Firing someone is never easy, but the consequences associated with holding on to an underperformer are far worse.<p>A bit of logic and your gut feelings tell you it's time to fire an underperforming employee, but your emotions and lack of time keep you from taking action. You're not the only one. Many …

Customer Service

New Deloitte Study of 10,455 Millennials Says Employers Are Failing to Help Young People Develop 4 Crucial Skills

A new Deloitte study reveals younger employees speaking up about where they need help in skill development--you'll want to take note.<p>Exactly how to attract and retain Millennials and avoid creating unnecessary tension with them has become an art form, and important new context just splashed onto …

Mark Twain

5-Day Diabetes Meal Plan for Summer

Yes, it's possible to eat deliciously with diabetes—especially in the summer when fruits and vegetables are ripe and in season. If you're feeling …