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This is what Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh and other successful business leaders ask job candidates

<i>This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider.</i><p>Savvy CEOs and executives know that interview questions like, “What’s your biggest …

7 Services That Will Help You Grow Your Business With Influencers | Inc.com

In the very competitive business environment of 2015, we all feel the pressure to propel our business forward, build traction, and reach new heights. Do you feel like you are struggling or are in a rut? Perhaps you need an influencer on your side. It's the influencers out there who can help propel …

Marketing

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness | Inc.com

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move …

Emotional Intelligence

5 B.S. Business Mantras That Inspire Mediocrity

Forget mousetraps, passions, and the box.<p>The business world is full of bad metaphors, cheesy catchphrases, and inelegant similes, mostly aimed at helping bad communicators skirt the truth. While buzzwords and clichd mantras may seem like the easy way out, getting results requires telling people …

The Box

20 Quotes on How Your Business Must Change by 2020 | Inc.com

If your business isn't ready to change by 2020, you might as well step aside and let others take over your market segment. That's the basic sentiment in these hand-picked quotes about how to embrace change over the next five years. Which one resonates with you?<p>1. "Businesses are no longer the sole …

Innovation

5 Traits That Set Exceptional CEOs Apart | Inc.com

Just being the CEO of a real, growing company is a huge accomplishment. Starting a thriving business is massively difficult, so if you've managed to get one off the ground, you've already demonstrated a high level of acumen and skill.<p>But what is it that allows some leaders to rise even higher, …

Leadership

To Reduce Costs, Start by Increasing Trust | Inc.com

The number: $167,731.<p>That's the annual cost to house, feed and guard a single prison inmate in New York City, according to a recent report published in <i>The New York Times</i>. This whopping price tag equates to a daily cost of $459.54.<p>In the sharpest of contrasts to the cement-block walls of a cold jail …

Time I

Built to Last vs. Built to Win NOW | Inc.com

One of the most popular books about organizations in the past decade was Built to Last published by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in 2004. The subtitle of the book for the few of you who have not read it is "Successful Habits of Visionary Companies" and it's a great read with many insights. However, …

Business Strategy

How to Become a Productivity Superstar: 7 Tips | Inc.com

The modern workday is all about completing complex tasks.<p>Because we live a world of micromanagement and hyper-connectivity--posting 140-character status updates on Twitter, using online apps to track every business expense during the day, processing hundreds of emails--it's easy to get overwhelmed …

Productivity

Seven Great Apps For Small Businesses

Want to run your business on the move, any time and anywhere? If so, an increasing number of apps aimed specifically at small businesses aim to make your life easier – and the lives of your staff. But while smartphones and apps could, in theory, boost output and save time, relatively few small …

Everyone Needs to be a Futurist

As the economic climate changes and competition grows, today’s organizations are being consistently challenged to focus on meeting short-term …

Why Self-Love Is The Key To Finding True Love

<b>“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”</b> <b>~Sonya Friedman</b><p>The moon was shining brightly that balmy summer’s night in the park. He’d …

Relationships

Best Advice I Ever Got: Do One Thing, and Do It Really Well | Inc.com

Phil Dumontet is the founder and CEO of DASHED, the leading restaurant delivery service in the Northeast and one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Here's how he trains for the hardest endurance sport of all: running a business.<p>Train to Win<p>When it comes down to it, being successful in …

James Bond

Want to Start a Business? What to Do Next | Inc.com

You are ready--you think--to start your own business.<p>You have discovered a market need, and you are convinced you have come up with a way to fill it. But after that, things get fuzzy. You don't have a clue about how to raise money or create a website or do the thousand and one other things that all …

Small Business

Revenue Isn't the Only Sales Metric You Should Worry About, Here Are 7 More.

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>For many entrepreneurs to make a buck, they have to develop a sales-marketing strategy to generate a profit.<p>Conventional wisdom holds that revenue-per-sales-rep is the only metric that ultimately matters in sales. But sales-process optimization is all …

Research

Post Smarter: The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost every small business, 81 percent, is on social media, and 94 percent of them use these social platforms for marketing purposes (attracting clients and building a brand), according to research from LinkedIn. As social media usage …

Small Business

Did Google Kill Social-Media Marketing?

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Google is putting out its Wildfire. The seemingly harmonious relationship between the search engine giant and the social software platform is has come to an end after a partnership that lasted about 20 months.<p>As a part of Google, Wildfire’s aim was to help …

Marketing

5 Ways to Make Customers Ambassadors Without a Referral Program | Inc.com

Referral programs have their place, but most of the time your users don't need any rewards to share content or talk about your company and products online.<p>I recently talked to Clément Delangue from mention about easy ways startups can get media coverage. Mention is a service that monitors the Web …

Marketing

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Social-Media Marketing on Pinterest: 8 Ideas to Get Started | Inc.com

No time or resources to create or enhance your presence on Pinterest? I have a few stats that might just change your mind.<p>According to Sprout Insights, Pinterest's share of social-media referrals soared from .68 percent to a whopping 26 percent in just one year, generating more than 400 percent …

Infographics

Hire a Winning Employee: 5 Tips | Inc.com

You've read through resumes, checked references, and had multiple interviews. You think you've picked the right candidate--but you've been burned before. How can you ever be sure?<p>There are ways to determine if you've really got the right candidate according to Michael Houlihan. He and Bonnie Harvey …

Employment
Marketing

Fear Of Change And 6 Ways To Overcome It

<b>Why All God’s Children Fear Change and What Great Leaders Do About It.</b><p>Despite the fact that many self-appointed “change agents” think there is something inherently irrational, even pathological, about the fear of change, there are damn good reasons why it has survived the incessant pruning of …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Letting Go of Our Inner Critic

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.”<i><br>Eckhart Tolle</i><p>I spent the …

Paulo Coelho: 'I had an enormous amount of fun being a hippy'

The Brazilian-born writer, 66, on wealth, travel and having coffee with strangers<p><b>Writing means sharing.</b> It's part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions. I discovered very early in life that the best way for me to communicate is through my writing, but it took me …

8 Core Truths About People That Every Entrepreneur Should Know | Inc.com

Understanding people--yourself, your employees, your coworkers and customers--is the core of all business success. With that in mind, here are eight truths to inform and illuminate your business strategies:<p><b>1. Most people mean well.</b> While there are probably some truly evil people in the world, most …

Employment

What VCs Really Want | Inc.com

Nothing seems to grab headlines more than a company that raises, say, $50 million and is valued at $2 billion. No revenue? Doesn't matter. Then there's the promising young company that actually has $20 million in sales but ekes out a valuation of $200 million. (Sounds like an episode of <i>VCs Gone …

Venture Capital