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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 …

The Great Business Book Purge | Inc.com

Two weeks ago, I dumped more than 300 business books.<p>“Dumped” sounds harsh. The purge wasn’t as bloody as all that. Many were unbound galleys stamped with dire warnings not to quote, reproduce, or distribute. I’m very cautious about such matters (in accordance with the FBI’s no-exhibition rule I …

Leadership

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 …

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I’ve been working for churches for 15 years, but, as many of you know, I’m only 12 months into this journey to focus full-time on church consulting …

How to Make Things Happen | Inc.com

Here's a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their new business through stages a I like to call "Early Struggle" into "Fun" with laser-like focus and a ruthless dedication to effective execution. The business succeeds and grows, until one day the management team …

Management

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business library.<p>Some of these books explain how technology has changed the strategy and tactics of …

Marketing

Why You’re Sleeping With Your Smartphone

Why do we keep responding to the beep and buzz of our phones? Because we’re addicted to success, explains Harvard Business School prof Leslie Perlow.<p><i>Leslie Perlow is a Harvard Business School professor and the author of Sleeping with Your Smartphone. We talked with her not long ago about why people</i> …

Leadership

The next phase of China’s global soft power push is exporting higher education

China’s next major export might just be universities. China’s Soochow University, based in the eastern city of Suzhou, is raising money to build a satellite campus in Laos where it will enroll around 5,000 students. Other Chinese universities have announced plans for campuses in Malaysia and in the …

China

How One Man Is Changing The World Through Story-Telling

The Strangers Project is the creation of Brandon Doman, a New Yorker who collects anonymous stories from strangers.<p>It began in 2009, as he was …

The 5 Most Dangerous Creativity Killers

When it comes to doing creative work, it’s important to not only look for ways to let our creativity thrive, but to also be mindful of insidious …

3 Things You Don't Really Need to Be a Great Leader | Inc.com

We all do what we do because of deep-seated needs. Most founder-owners, for example, start businesses because of a <i>need</i> for freedom and autonomy. Most leaders arrive in leadership positions driven by a <i>need</i> to make a difference.<p>Some needs sour, however, taking the edge off otherwise great leaders and …

Leadership

10 Easy Ways to Know You're Not a Leader

Last week I shared some advice for young leaders in my article on “10 Simple Practices to Help You Experience Your Future Dreams.” As I was writing, …

How I Learned To Stop Comparing Myself To Others, And Love My Own Ideas

That last bragging tweet by a talented so-and-so got you down? Jealous of a competitor’s Facebook status update? It’s time to step away from the social media, forget about forces you can’t control, and concentrate on only one thing: being the best you realistically can be.<p>When I first started my …

Social Media

Five Ways To Build An Effective Team

It is not easy to be the CEO of an up-and-coming startup, especially when you are frequently out of your office talking to investors and the actual time you spend in contact with your team is limited. It gets even more complicated when you manage multiple teams working in different cities.<p>Is it …

Why Employees Stay (and Why They Go) | Inc.com

As business owners, do we reward loyal employees to stay the course, or is jumping ship the way to get ahead? And if it's the latter, is this a business model for success or failure?<p>As the CEO of my online marketing company, VerticalResponse, I've spent the last 12 years leading and growing our …

Employee Engagement

Read This Before Our Next Meeting

A few weeks ago I picked up a free copy of <b>Read This Before Our Next Meeting</b> by Al Pittampalli. It offers an interesting twist on the strategy for …

11 Simple Tips For Having Great Meetings From Some Of The World’s Most Productive People

Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Nilofer Merchant, Clay Shirky, Valentina Rice, Guy Kawasaki, and others know about getting things done, being productive, and keeping a crowd engaged. So when they talk, we should listen. Until the meeting is happily adjourned.<p>Meetings are a boring, but necessary …

Mark Zuckerberg

Why Your Start-Up Stopped Growing | Inc.com

Slowdowns are inevitable, but to get through those slumps, you've got to know what's behind them, says Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Shaffer Consulting, in <i>The Harvard Business Review</i>.<p>Here are three signs you've been stunted:<p><b>The law of large numbers.</b> "As a company gets bigger, each percentage of …

Startups

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things | Inc.com

You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, days go by, then weeks, months--maybe even years--and you're still cranking out good. You've yet to design that unbelievable …

Webinars

Unplug Your Weekend Or Ruin Your Life

You need energy to do your best work or be a good friend or partner. Weekends give energy. So learn how to do them well.<p>Not separating your weekend from your week can unravel your relationships, stymie your stress recovery, and ultimately ruin your productivity, research suggests.<p>We can avert these …

Flavors

11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask--But Should | Inc.com

Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview: In theory, if you ask the right questions, you'll get answers that will give you insight into what the candidates really bring to the table.<p>The following companies use questions that …

Employment

Make Your Own Lovely Modern Copper Hanging Light Fixture

Copper lighting fixtures have been popping up all over the place lately, and these modern pieces are striking in almost any home. But if the prices …

Avant-garde

The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

<i>“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers</i>.”<p>—Voltaire<p>Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions?<p>A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the dialogue and then, with Zen Master timing, ask a question that will change the tenor, the focus and the …

8 Mobile Cloud Apps to Streamline Your Workflow | Inc.com

Working in the cloud can feel like you're disconnected from reality. You don't have a desk or an office, so even those minor accouterments of business (say, paper clips and a stapler) are not available.<p>Yet, the benefits of working in the cloud often outweigh this weightlessness: being able to write …

Apps

3 Signs You're Meant to Be a Leader | Inc.com

Reading leadership literature (including this column), you'd sometimes think that it was written in the stars that everyone has the potential to be an effective leader.<p>I don't believe that to be true. In fact, I see way fewer truly effective leaders than I see people stuck in positions of …

Leadership