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Looking for Inspiration? Take a Hike.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want to generate new ideas? Throw on your walking shoes.<p>A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology by Stanford University researchers Marily Oppezzo, a doctoral student in education psychology, and Daniel Schwartz, …

Creativity

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Doctors talking up drugs to other doctors has been quite lucrative for pharmaceutical companies — and the physicians who moonlight as their salesmen.<p>Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors were effective pitchmen. A doctor paid by a company to give a dinner speech or to chat over lunch …

15 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Have you ever read something that made you want to get up and do something productive? It’s usually followed by thoughts of all the ways you are …

Motivation

Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

Rebecca, a tech entrepreneur, would love you to equate her company’s expansive press coverage with real value creation. “Yesterday, we got written up in TechCrunch and LA Magazine, and we all had dinner at Nobu to celebrate!” She will, however, conveniently forget to mention that her startup has …

Are You Worthy of Leadership? | Inc.com

Occupying a leadership role does not make someone a leader.<p>Many of us know people in lofty positions with long titles who appear completely ill-suited to the requirements and sacrifices of leadership, even as they are “leaders of the organization.” To offset this widespread defect, it is important …

Leadership

5 Ways to Kill Employee Motivation | Inc.com

I discovered my first lesson in how not to motivate people at the bottom of a kitchen sink.<p>In 1986, when I was 16 years old, my friend and I worked as dishwashers at the local Friendly's restaurant in the King of Prussia Mall. One day our manager told us that if we worked hard over the course of …

Employment

Harvard Biz Review on Twitter: ".@google's best managers empower their teams and avoid micromanaging: http://t.co/vtFcRC4c0i http://t.co/CJyDfdVSLZ"

Difficult Conversations: What Not to Say

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Broaching difficult conversations with your staff can be, well, difficult. That said, as our experts have explained, some basic rules do apply: Never raise your voice. Keep potentially embarrassing conversations private. Stay onsite, not …

Self-help

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s d.school, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to …

When Making a Big Decision, Think: “Eddie Would Go”

Last month ESPN premiered a documentary as part of its “30 for 30” series. Its subject is Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian lifeguard, big wave surfer, and ocean explorer.<p>As someone born and raised in Hawaii, I’ve always admired Aikau. On the beach at Waimea Bay, he gained renown for rescuing …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

What Do You Fail to Notice When You’re Hard at Work?

<b>83%</b> of two dozen radiologists who were searching for a lung nodule didn’t see the white outline of a standing gorilla that researchers had inserted into a computed tomography scan, even though it was 48 times the size of the average nodule, says a team led by Trafton Drew of Harvard Medical School. …

Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave

Any CEO can tell you that finding ideas is not the always the problem. The real issue is selecting and spreading the best ideas, testing quickly, and executing flawlessly. An “innovation engine” is an organization’s capability to think and invest in long-term opportunities along with the competence …

Israel has 80 nuclear warheads, can make 115 to 190 more, report says

September 15, 2013|By Batsheva Sobelman<p>A satellite image of Dimona, Israel, where Israel reportedly built nuclear… (Space Imaging )<p>JERUSALEM-- Israel has 80 nuclear warheads and the potential to double that number, according to a new report by U.S. experts.<p>In the Global Nuclear Weapons Inventories, …

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career

Publication Date: <b>September 10, 2013</b><p>Who's pulling for you? Who's got your back? Who's putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board--but they're not your ticket to the top. If you're interested in …

Self-esteem

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

We All Need Friends at Work

Survey after survey shows that employee engagement at work is at an all-time low. One way to help improve engagement at work is to foster friendships. We all know them: the good old fashioned friendships created when we chit-chat, hang-out, joke, and have fun with co-workers.<p>Tony Hsieh, the CEO of …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

4 Ways To Get Your Culture Working For You

<i>The following is a guest piece by Jon Katzenbach and DeAnne Aguirre.</i><p>It is striking to see how many chief executives see their most important …

Becoming a Better Judge of People

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?<p>The easy thing to do is focus on …

Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

In both C suites and boardrooms, discussions about business performance usually center on topics like market momentum, M&A opportunities, capital management, and productivity enhancements. While these factors are important, in my experience they are best leveraged when employees are engaged, …

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

June 14, 2013 by Laurie McNamara<p><i>Goodbye store-bought and hello, Homemade Fajita Seasoning! Save your money and use those jars of spices to whip up</i> …

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms …

Seven Somewhat Unexpected Truths About Liars and Lying

Observing the seemingly glorious times others are having, based on what they share online, tempts us to embellish our own tales. Further, until recently, we could click on a Facebook advertisement to hire someone to lie for us – about our brilliant successes at past jobs or where we were last …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Becoming an Idea Entrepreneur