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A digital bottleneck: Mobile payments breed new challenges for to-go retailers

Leaders in mobile payments might need to change the way stores are laid out to serve demand<p>When Sweetgreen, the 10-year-old farm-to-table salad chain with a cult-like following, opened a new outlet in a tony Upper East Side Manhattan location, the company decided this venue would have a new …

The Research Is In: Writing Makes You Happier (Even if You’re Pretty Bad at It)

When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as …

4 Habits of a New Generation of Top Sales Performers

<i>Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Mark Roberge, CRO of the HubSpot Sales Division. One of my all-time heroes in modern sales. Please enjoy.</i><p>What …

Microservices as an Evolutionary Architecture

Putting a Price on People Problems at Work

In our work as business school professors and consultants, we’ve met countless managers who fail to achieve their goals. They come up against problems that refuse to budge no matter how hard they push. Indeed, such problems may even get worse the harder they try to solve them.<p>At the heart of most …

Management

The Best Salespeople Do What the Best Brands Do

It’s not news that the role of salespeople and selling is changing. In the past, salespeople were often the first step in a purchase process, and could significantly influence customer decision-making by controlling information about pricing, availability, competitive advantage, etc.<p>But in this era …

Customer Experience

9 Powerful Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Single Day

Successful people think about their work--and themselves--differently than most. And so can you.<p>If you're not achieving the success you hope for, whether personally or professionally, take a step back. The problem may not be a lack of education or opportunity or connections or even luck.<p>The problem …

Self-improvement

The most popular places to travel this summer, according to Pinterest

To get in the mood, we've rounded up the top 10 most-pinned summer destinations on Pinterest, and we have to say, it's going to be one heck of a summer. Can you guess where the most popular summer destination is?<p>Click through the slideshow to find out where you should go, and try to guess which …

These 21 foolproof sales tips will help you close deals faster and make tons of money

Sales is hard. Some people say it's more art than science.<p>Selling can get especially tricky in today's tech environment, where things change so fast.<p>To help you master the art of selling, Salesforce recently published an e-book called "100 Sales Tips for 2016."<p>We put together 21 of the best tips …

Oracle and Google Write a Tale of Two Clouds

In two cities 2,800 miles apart, two very different vendors pitched two divergent takes on cloud computing. But both companies—Oracle and Google—had …

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

Building the right relationships — networking — is critical in business. It may be an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, but not a huge one. The people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. As venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich …

Networking

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

Business Development

What to Do If a Conversation Is Turning Loud and Aggressive

HBR STAFF<p>“Come on, folks — act like investors. What questions do you have?” chided Mel, the CEO of a financial services firm, in a meeting with 50 of his fellow senior managers. The firm was contemplating a management buyout from their parent company, and the stakes were huge, as each of the …

Financial Services

31 Phrases That Kill an Introductory Sales Email

"Trust me," I "can guarantee" you won't want to use any of these cringeworthy phrases in your sales emails.

With True Love Comes Revenue: How to Make Customers Fall in Love with You

If you want a successful online business these days, it’s not enough to simply close the sale. You’ve got to help your customers fall in love with …

What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule for a year

Amidst the growing numbers of tasks, relationships, and operations to manage, ecommerce leaders still only have the same number of hours in a given day.<p>Through my work at Exact Media, I've worked with some of the brightest leaders in the ecommerce space.<p>To better understand them, their needs, and …

5 Areas Where Ecommerce Businesses Often Struggle and What You Can Do

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Putting up a website isn't really the hard part. Just about anyone can launch an online store and start selling products in a very short amount of time. But, there's potential bad news here, as well. As the common saying goes,</i> …

eCommerce

Papa John's CEO shares 3 productivity tricks he used to grow his pizza business into a $2 billion company

In 1976, at the age of 15, he got a job washing dishes at Rocky's, a pizza and sub joint in his hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana.<p>"I hated doing that," he tells Business Insider. "I wanted to make pizza, but if you weren't one of the Fondrisi brothers, you didn't get to make pizza." Luckily, …

26 Sales Process Statistics & Best Practices

Did you know:• Nearly 13% of all full-time U.S. jobs are sales positions? (That’s 1 in 8 jobs!) [Source: SkilledUp via The Brevet Group]<br>• Over one …

How to cook pasta and tomato sauce, by Rachel Roddy

Yes, really. A surprisingly revelatory lesson in how to boil pasta like the Romans do, with a rich and fortifying tinned sauce recipe for those dreary winter days when tomatoes are out of season. Have your food mill at the ready...<p>I bought my pasta pan from a <i>mercatino dell’usato –</i> a second-hand …

Italian Food

I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing

For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores …

3 Awesome Chromebook Tools to Annotate Web Content

November 22, 2015<br>Here are some good Chrome extensions to use on your Chromebook to annotate webpages. You can use them to highlight portion of a web …

Education Technology

8 Habits of People With Amazing Determination and Willpower

How successful people resist temptation, stay focused and determined, and remain resolute in pursuit of their goals.<p>Consistently doing what you need to do to succeed, with total focus and resolve, is incredibly difficult.<p>And that's why the ability to work hard and respond positively to failure and …

Self-improvement

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

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

Fight Like You're Right, Listen Like You're Wrong and Other Keys to Great Management

A psychology study at UC Berkeley broke students into groups of three, with one person chosen to be the leader of a project. At some point, the …

General Electric

Influencers Aren't Born, They're Built — Here's How

Early on, <b>Angie Chang</b> discovered that asking questions was actually the best way to influence others. One of her most important questions was posed to …

Women in Tech

Why Men Work So Many Hours

How many employed American mothers work more than 50 hours a week? Go on, guess. I’ve been asking lots of people that question lately. Most guess around 50 percent.<p>The truth is 9 percent.<p>Nine percent of working moms clock more than 50 hours a week during the key years of career advancement: ages 25 …

How to create a personal brand, and why you should

The concept of having a personal brand can be intimidating. It seems like only famous people have a shot at establishing one, since their names are …