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Seth's Blog

The us/them mindset of the successful industrialist led to the inevitable and essential creation of labor unions. If, as Smith and Marx wrote, owning …

Seth's Blog

The kind of listening we're trained to do in school and at work is passive listening. Sit still. Get through it. Figure out what's going to be on the …

7 Top Resources For Better Corporate Travel | Inc.com

Corporate travel doesn't have to be excruciating. You can travel and enjoy a memorable experience wherever you go. With the right information and resources, you can make every trip as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. I travel a lot, in fact; I spent over 100 nights in a hotel last year. I've …

7 Signs You’re Ready to Lead a Team | Inc.com

Stepping into a leadership role means taking on new responsibilities and setting an example for your team. Whether you're leading a small team within a larger organization or you're stepping out on your own as an entrepreneur, you'll be in charge of things like setting direction, delegating tasks, …

Leadership

Two Opposing Skills No Leader Can Do Without | Inc.com

Years ago I attended a course at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where, among other things, I learned that leadership is a constant tug between assertiveness and empathy.<p>Assertiveness vs. Empathy<p>First, let's define our terms. Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident …

Be Bold: Now’s the Best Time in 10 Years to Get a Better Job!

In a recent post I suggested there might be a slowdown in job growth in the March-April 2015 timeframe. I also suggested this slowdown would …

5 Great Elon Musk Quotes on Innovation | Inc.com

With exceptionally strong leadership skills, brilliant ideas, and the audacity to pursue them, Elon Musk personifies innovation. The famed entrepreneur has taken on electric sports cars, solar power, and space travel all at once--a risk well taken judging by the success of all his businesses. …

Elon Musk

How to Create a Winning Video to Pitch Your Idea | Inc.com

When you pitch a company on your idea, you have just a few seconds to grab its attention and pique its interest. There's no better way of doing that than with a visual aid. When I began pitching my ideas to potential licensees way back in the '80s, I had an illustrator hand-draw my ideas. More …

10 Best Books Written by Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

There are thousands of books written about entrepreneurs, but few written by the entrepreneurs themselves, probably because they don't have the time. That's a shame, because knowing how entrepreneurs think is more useful than observing what they do.<p>Here are the ten books that do this best:<p>Subtitle:</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Steve Jobs: 19 Inspiring Power Quotes for Success | Inc.com

When you think visionary, Steve Jobs was possibly the most visionary businessperson of our time. After co-founding Apple Computer in 1976, Jobs shepherded some of today's most innovative products--the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and others--from idea to production.<p>Consider these powerful words that can …

Motivation

5 Keys to Succeed with Younger Employees | Inc.com

One of the most gratifying parts about running an Ad Agency is being able to work every day with a significant number of people in the early stages of their career. What these younger employees sometimes lack in experience is more than made up for in their enthusiasm, their ability and their …

How to Improve Your Decision Making by Thinking Like an Artist | Inc.com

Anyone who has built a successful business will tell you that business decisions are often about balancing the arts against the sciences. It's your vision, branding, and creativity against your cash flow, operations management, and burn rate.<p>If you're not in a creative role it can be hard to see …

Business Strategy

7 Things Great Bosses Never Ask Employees to Do | Inc.com

When you're the boss, you might sometimes feel like He-Man and think, "By the power of Grayskull... <i>I have the power!</i>"<p>(Yep. If my photo hasn't already, I just proved I'm old.)<p>As a boss, you do in fact have the power--<i>a lot</i> of power. But that authority should still have limits, so:<p>1. Never pressure …

5 Mindfulness Techniques That Will Improve Your Relationships and Make You a Better Leader | Inc.com

Greater mindfulness can make you a much more effective leader. It will give you better insight on both employees and customers, and help you make better decisions. That advice comes from Charles Francis, author of <i>Mindfulness Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace</i> and director of the …

Mindfulness

The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill

What can we learn from the collapse of Mark Driscoll's church?

4 Ways to Define Leadership

How do you define leadership? Here are a few of our favorites.

Best Way to Give Job Candidates the Scoop on Your Company

Yes, prospective employees want a balanced view of your company. But they also want to hear your pitch on how great working there can be--so don't blow it.<p>Of course job candidates want the uncensored scoop on the company they're applying to work for. But that doesn't mean they're only interested in …

One Big Mistake Women in Business Make Every Day | Inc.com

People size you up pretty quickly, if not immediately, upon meeting you. So it is of the utmost importance that they get the right message from the get-go. I was 15 when I figured it out and finally learned the lesson from seven years of shaking the headmaster's hand each day before the start of …

Sheryl Sandberg

5 Justifiable Ways Great Leaders Are Ruthless in Business | Inc.com

It's often said that even the most respected leaders are considered by many to be ruthless, even brutal at times. Of course, often when leaders are perceived as merciless, that hard perception belongs to those who did not deserve any mercy.<p>Great leaders have to be tough and decisive. Often their …

Leadership

Small Business Hiring Improving, NFIB Survey Says | Inc.com

WINNING STREAK: Small businesses created more jobs in September than in any month this year, the National Federation of Independent Business said Thursday as it released its monthly survey on hiring by its members. Businesses added an average 0.24 workers per company, the 12th straight month of …

Small Business

How to Take Charge and Light Up a Room | Inc.com

What is executive presence? I hear that phrase a lot. Companies want executives who can take charge and light up a room.<p>A few thoughts. I relate presence to charisma, charm, and savoir faire. Granted, they may not be identical triplets, but they are members of the same family. I think it's …

Charisma

Reid Hoffman: The Employee Trust Issue You Need to Fix | Inc.com

Every employee who leaves your business becomes part of your company alumnus.<p>So why do so many people identify their relationship with their former employer as expired? According to LinkedIn co-founder and executive chairman Reid Hoffman, that's a lot of value gone to waste given the rate that …

Before You Hire Anyone, Ask These 2 Questions | Inc.com

Building a business is scary, challenging, frustrating, but above all, ultimately fun. It's a rush to know your company is getting bigger.<p>And because it is, and because the work tends to pile up so far so fast, you might be in a hurry to add people to your team. That's understandable.<p>But whether …

Management

Top 10 MBA videos of the academic year

From rethinking the economy with yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur to an interview with Mike Useem on boards taking control of companies, these topics and …

The new job training law isn't the win it appears to be

You might’ve missed it on Wednesday, but Congress took the rare step of actually passing a bill.<p>That, in and of itself, seems like good news, as does …

8 Ways to Undermine Yourself as a Leader | Inc.com

As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time honing our leadership style and working to ensure our teams are motivated to work with us. There are countless resources to improve on various attributes you utilize both in and out of the office, but there's less information readily available on pitfalls to …

Leadership

11 Creepy Facts About Stress in the Workplace (Infographic) | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, you're all too familiar with the feeling of being stressed out, but you probably don't know the extent to which stress impacts productivity at your company.<p>Employee stress costs businesses an estimated $300 billion per year in added health care costs and missed work. What's …

The Workplace

The Misunderstood Art of Leading an Innovative Culture | Inc.com

Linda Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, is a champion of leadership through empowerment. Her work often focuses on leaders who've excelled by enabling others to do the doing.<p>In other words, if you seek professorial wisdom stressing vocal …

Leadership

Helping a Vet Can Be a Good Bet | Inc.com

<i>Steve Cody</i><i>, co-founder and CEO of Peppercomm, co-authored this article.</i><p>With all the talk about corporate social responsibility programs, we often lose sight of the fact that "being responsible" must not be a separate line on the to-do list. The core of your business can--and should--find strategic …