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Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting

Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist <b>Leonard Cohen</b> (b. September 21, 1934) is among the most exhilarating creative spirits of the past century. Recipient of the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other accolades, and an ordained Rinzai Buddhist monk, his music has …

How Valuable Are Your Customers?

Not all customers are created equal. If you’ve ever run a business (or even just been a customer yourself), then you know that some customers provide more revenue (and incur fewer costs) than others. Figuring out which to focus on and invest in is critical if you want to maximize your profit.<p>Many …

The Right Way to Unplug When You’re on Vacation

Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn’t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected-as long as you’re staying connected to fun, …


Watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s Films Free Online: Stalker, Solaris, The Mirror & Andrei Rublev

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond …

Focus Your Strategy By Assessing Others’

There’s a well-known anecdote about Gil Amelio, the CEO of Apple Computer just before Steve Jobs’ return in the late 1990s. In a conversation with a reporter, Amelio compared Apple to a ship loaded with treasure, but with a hole in the bottom, leaking water. “My job is to get everyone to row in the …

How CIOs Can Change the Game

The findings are sobering: almost half of CEOs view their CIOs as out of step with the business and about the same percentage think IT should be a commodity service, purchased as needed. We tackled this thorny issue in a webinar sponsored by the Harvard Business Review, Dell, and called …

The 1 Basic Question That Leads to Product Innovation

It worked for Steve Jobs. He dismissed market research and adhered to a single, basic product development ideal.<p>I am a huge Apple fan. It is one of my favorite examples of a company that turned itself around with products consumers love and want to use. That said, I have always been reluctant to …

Product Management

5 Surprising Facts About How Google Hires

The secret to Google's hiring strategy? Hint: it has nothing to do with those famously convoluted interview questions.<p>With thousands of job applications pouring in everyday, it's no wonder Google has hiring down to a science. True to form, the search giant has scoured its data over the years in …


11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask--But Should

Does an out of the box question help you make better hires? These companies think so.<p>Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview: In theory, if you ask the right questions, you'll get answers that will give you insight into what …


What time do top CEOs wake up?

Investigating the bedtimes of high achievers in hopes of divining the secret of success sounds a bit like looking to a novelist's desk placement for …


Learn How to Start a Company Stanford-Style

Are you a technical founder? Regardless, take "Startup Engineering," Stanford's now-available free online course.<p>Today Stanford is launching "Startup Engineering," a free online course through Coursera.<p>According to the professors, you need to commit just two to 20 hours per week for 10 weeks to …


How to Inspire a Culture of Innovation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The fast-paced business world is focused on results and returns, but truly innovative companies have a culture focused on long-term gains where innovation can thrive. Mauro Porcini, the chief design officer of PepsiCo, argues that true …

Design Thinking

5 Tips to Turn Conflict Into Creativity

When someone rocks the boat, don't think of it as a bad thing; it could be one of your best opportunities to get a fresh perspective.<p>You've just stomped into your office and slammed the door. You're locked in battle with one of your colleagues or employees over how best to solve a business problem. …


5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers)

Can't close the sale? Try a few of these simple low-pressure questions.<p>Good salespeople know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your customers. But you’ve got to ask the <i>right</i> questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective customers out the door--or …


5 Brilliant Marketing Tricks

Give your online marketing strategy a boost--without spending hours on social media. Check out these five tactics you've probably never tried.<p>It's easy to fall into a rut with online marketing. You post on Twitter, you send out MailChimp newsletters. Rinse and repeat. You'd like to do more on …


Start-up Fundraising Tips from the Front Lines

Successful tech entrepreneur MaryAnn Bekkedahl shares valuable lessons learned when raising investment capital for her organization.<p>VCs and angel investors know that a good idea is nothing without the right people to bring that idea to life. They invest in people as much as they do in products or …

Small Business

4 Things Your New Hire Training Is Missing

Well-trained employees are happy and productive employees. Plus, they will eat, sleep, and breathe your company if you ask them to.<p>I know. Employee training isn't cheap. But I also know that the positive impacts are worth every penny.<p>Well-trained employees are happy, engaged, productive--and they …

Employee Engagement

Powerful Leadership: Do Unto Others As They Would Want Done

I recommend you revise the Golden Rule. Let me explain.<p>"‹This past week, I pissed off a major business partner. I can't get into all the details, but, in essence, I added my own sales force to my product his team had been selling. I truly thought he would be thrilled to have more support selling …