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5 Words Smart Entrepreneurs Never Use | Inc.com

Words are not just their definitions; words carry emotional baggage. As I've helped clients and the readers of my free weekly newsletter hone their sales messages and marketing emails, I've discovered five words that really turn customers off:<p>1. "Teach"<p>Example: "Over the next hour, I will teach …

Customers

100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser | Inc.com

Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.<p>If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, leadership, business, creativity, or just learning and expanding your mind, here are 100 podcasts that …

Entrepreneurship

The 50 most powerful people in the world

It isn't just wealth. And it isn't just control over people or resources. No, <i>true power</i> is a potent combination of money and influence that enables people to help shape the world. But only a select group of people really possess the economic and political clout to effect global change. For better …

World Economic Forum

13 bad habits you should break in 2016 to be more productive

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become …

Time Management

9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit | Inc.com

It's pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about--few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.<p>Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the …

The Workplace

10 Leaders Share the Best Advice They Ever Received | Inc.com

What's the best advice you ever received? Sometimes, it takes just a small tidbit to motivate you or help you see a clear path to success. These leaders have shared the best advice that helped them through a tough period or to jumpstart their careers.<p>1. Don't lose sight.<p>"'People who used to run car …

Faceted Classification
Employee Engagement

A Healthier Approach to Business Travel

Earlier this year I returned from a two-day meeting on the West Coast. The schedule was reasonable and the travel, this time, was easy.<p>Still, it took me an entire week to recover. It didn’t use to be like this. Maybe I’m getting old?<p>Although business travel can be exciting and even fun, it is a …

Air Travel

The 80-hour workweek doesn’t truly work

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from my boss at one of my first jobs. During a performance appraisal, he broke script and encouraged me to put my interests above the company's.<p>Last week, after reading in these pages how Kevin Sandhu, chief executive officer of the online loan …

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Management

Meaningful Work Should Be Every CEO’s Top Priority

I was speaking this week with a new CEO of a new public company that is just being spun off from their parent company. Imagine all the important tasks on his plate involving investors and customers. And yet he told me his top priority is getting his employees engaged in the mission of their new …

Employee Engagement

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Productivity

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It's Your Vision: Help Them See It

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: How do you communicate your vision without overwhelming your staff? And what happens when folks are not on board?</b><p><b>A:</b> When I think about ways to meaningfully project a company’s story, a pair of mantras from mutual fund wizard Peter …

Customers

What Is Strategy, Again?

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.<p>It was this received opinion Michael Porter was …

Innovation

Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert

One of the most powerful forms of influence, according to psychologist Robert Cialdini’s famous analysis, is authority — often derived from perceived expertise. When a doctor advises us to exercise more, or a Nobel Laureate raises questions about a certain economic policy, we’re likely to pay much …

Leadership

Perché ascoltiamo anche gli incompetenti? - Wired

Il principio della <i>saggezza delle folla</i> funziona fino a che non entrano in gioco le <b>competenze</b>: se siamo preoccupati per la nostra salute, sappiamo …

Manage Your Team’s Collective Time

Most professionals approach time management the wrong way. People who fall behind at work are seen to be personally failing—just as people who give up on diet or exercise plans are seen to be lacking self-control or discipline. In response, countless time management experts focus on individual …

4 Steps to Dispel a Bad Mood

You know you’re in a bad mood. You know it’s hurting your performance at work. But how do you get yourself out of it?<p>We investigated how 740 leaders tried to solve this problem for themselves, and we presented their best practices in a previous HBR article. But when we took a deeper look, we …

Energized

The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time

To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergy between team members, which allows the group to produce something …

Creativity

New isn't on its way. We're applying it right now.

A look at what's ahead for the<br>future of business, technology<br>and design.<p>Are you ready to compete as intelligent technology meets human ingenuity to …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

Time I

When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming

It’s Friday afternoon and one of your employees asks for a private meeting. Before you even close the door, she tells you she’s found another job and is leaving the company. Once you get over the shock, how should you respond? How do you cover her responsibilities? And how do you make sure that the …

Fashion Industry

3 Improv Exercises That Can Change the Way Your Team Works

What can leaders learn from improv comedians?<p>For five decades, The Second City comedy theatre and school of improvisation has been a launch pad for the leading comic performers of our times, from Alan Arkin to John Belushi, Gilda Radner to Tina Fey, and Steve Carell to Stephen Colbert, and many …

Leadership

Get Your Employees to Make Better Suggestions

Leaders often have a hard time getting their employees to speak up honestly about what’s really going on in their organizations. Far too often, employees willfully choose to self-censor out of a fear of negative repercussions to their career or social standing. Yet, when employees do choose to …

Employment

12 Things You Must Never Reveal About Yourself At Work

You can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t open up to your colleagues; but doing so is tricky, because revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career.<p>Sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like …

Farm Animals

6 Personality Flaws That Could Lead to Entrepreneurial Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You interact with the world in a way that makes most people cringe. People often feel sorry for you because you’re not quite "right" and they try their best to try to fix you by providing helpful advice, free seminars and, in extreme …

Entrepreneurship