New Business

By Simon O'Shaughnessy | Creative business

Macy's & Co.: Who else is closing stores

This week it's Macy's, which says it will close about 15% of its stores in early 2017.<p>But shuttering stores has been a common occurrence for retailers over the past few years.<p>People still get in the car and drive to the mall or big box stores to shop. But not like they used to. Call it the Amazon …

Trends

Introducing Antlos, the Sailboat Travel Service That's Airbnb and Uber Combined

Launched less than a year ago, Antlos is quickly picking up wind. The website takes the sharing model of Airbnb and the chartered transportation aspect of Uber and combines the two for sailboats and yachts. Customers, which range from single travelers to groups, can book weekly charters, spots in …

Travel

Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

We are in love with the word <i>Eureka</i>, and for a good reason. Creativity is magic: it’s the ability to create something out of nothing, to make …

Marketers: Personalization will become a science this year

It’s 2016, and marketers still have trouble personalizing their outreach to customers. Only five percent of marketers have a predictive understanding of the customer journey, and only 31 percent say they use customer data to provide better experiences.<p>Just 19 percent of marketers personalize their …

Performance Testing

4 exciting Australian startups to watch in 2016

2015 was a big year for Australian startups — the government decided it wanted an "ideas boom," announcing a A$1.1 billion (US$799 million) innovation fund, and Sydney-based software darling Atlassian went public in a big way.<p>Startup fever has hit Australia, and 2016 should be just as eventful. …

Startups

5 Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

These talks will inspire you to think differently about yourself and others.<p>Emotional intelligence is more than a hot topic or trending hashtag. The term describes an extremely important concept: a person's ability to recognize his or her own and other people's emotions, to understand the powerful …

Emotional Intelligence

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons why we never master the skills we want to acquire; from learning a language, playing an instrument, or being a …

Self-improvement

Unleashing Creativity on Business

The creative professions are moving into a new Golden Age after having lived for more than a century now in the shadow of engineering, marketing and financing. In this new era, how do these creative professionals capture the immense value available to best advance the world we live in?<p>Creative …

Creativity

This GIF shows 30 years of music industry change

From vinyl and cassettes to CDs and MP3s, the way we consume music has drastically changed a number of times over the last three decades. To …

How the Cloud Will Transform Business by 2020

Companies that don't take advantage of cloud computing will be in the minority in less than six years. Here's why.<p>Plug-In Players<p>These are businesses that plug into cloud-based service providers. San Francisco-based ZenPayroll is one example. The company automates and handles all payroll taxes, …

Small Business

3D print yourself through Amazon's new Printed Products store

Amazon has opened a 3D printing store, allowing customers to design and order their own jewellery, ornaments and accessories<p><b>Amazon</b> has opened its own <b>3D Printed Products store</b>, giving customers the option to design their own games, accessories, jewellery and ornaments.<p>From iPhone covers and …

3D Printing

These Corporations Ensure Their Longevity by Being Good Neighbors

For decades, corporations have been navel-gazing: taking a passive view of the world around them while concentrating firmly on their own affairs. This has resulted in big business keeping the communities surrounding its offices and factories at arm’s length. But this passivity is fading fast, and …

Innovation

Wolff: Concept of disruption under attack

The very concept of disruption, the most vaunted business idea of the day — young companies using technology to undermine the business basis of far more successful and established ones — is now under attack.<p>The intellectual revision began several weeks ago in <i>The New Yorker</i> with a piece by Harvard …

Disruption

How Failure Can Make You A More Successful Entrepreneur

It’s an unfortunate reality that many small businesses and start-ups fail. But there’s more to the story than statistics. Behind each failed venture is an entrepreneur facing a frustrating—even devastating—career setback. How they cope with that setback, however, is often what differentiates …

Entrepreneurship

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

Creativity

Do schools kill creativity? | Ken Robinson

http://download.ted.com/talks/SirKenRobinson_2006-64k.mp4Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education …

Education Policy

5 Quotes on Risk That Will Have You Ready to Take Action

Entrepreneurship is an inherently risk-based profession. Every day you're risking your own future on the power of your personal work ethic, market conditions and other factors -- some within your control, many outside of it -- that you will succeed.<p>So when you’re facing risk or feeling the …

Motivation

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Simon Sinek

Tim Martin

Study Your Team Now to Make the Best Hire Later

Hiring the wrong person is a potentially crippling error but is avoided by being in tune with the strengths and culture of your organization. When it comes to the hiring process, it’s crucial to identify candidates who have the necessary skill set and whose values align with the culture of your …

Human Resources

Business Model Generation

• <b>Author:</b> Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur<p><i>Business Model Generation</i> is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a …

How to Successfully Exit Your Family Business and Pivot for the Internet Age

In fact, the odds are against most family businesses surviving. This is a big problem, considering the fact that 80 percent of all businesses, particularly small businesses, are family owned and operated. But only 30 percent of these businesses are successfully passed on to a second generation -- …

William McKinley

This System Will Help You Retain Everything You Read

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images<p>Last year, I read 161 books cover-to-cover.<p>And that doesn’t include the ones that I started to read and put down.<p>I learned a lot in the process about what works and what doesn’t work.<p>I have a system that I use for non-fiction books that enables me to remember quite a …

Books
Leadership
Management

7 Rules For Selling In A World That Has Enough Stuff

Author James Wallman says having too much stuff–or “stuffocation”–is the defining problem of our generation. Materialism is dead; experientialism is where it’s at. Here are seven ways that brands can meet this changing consumer tide.<p>There was a time when big was beautiful, more was better, and …

Minimalism