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How to Manage Impossible Clients

If you provide some kind of service to clients (as most of us do), you’ll know from experience that some of your beloved masters are easier to work with than others. Some are delightful, some forgettable, and a few you proclaim as downright impossible. Although your view of the client depends on a …

Small Businesses Need Big Data, Too

If you run a small or medium-size business, chances are you haven’t felt a need to invest in extensive customer data, relying instead on your well-honed intuition to help you hold your own against data-rich, bigger competitors. A lot of small-firm owners and managers feel that way, and in many …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

We Love What Warren Buffett Says About Life, Luck, And Winning The 'Ovarian Lottery'

A student asked him what shaped his political views (Buffett is a Democrat). The famous investor offered a great thought experiment, which helped him think through the kind of world he wants to live in. In it he characterizes something he calls the "Ovarian Lottery":<p>My political views were formed …

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7 Innovation Myths Holding You Back

One reason we're endlessly focused on expert innovation, or as she calls it, innovation window dressing, is our core belief that innovation is difficult.<p>According to one recent study, 68% of business leaders believe that innovators are "born and cannot be made."<p>Sounds a lot like how Gutenberg …

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few.<p>According to a report from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years old. Most people in wealthy nations are …

The Golden Rule of Starting Up: Product-Market Fit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You can have a million-dollar idea, but if people aren't going to buy your product or service, it is worthless. To succeed, your concept must have a group of customers that want your product and will buy into it, a notion known as …

Building a Sustainable Brand -- One Thoughtful Step at a Time

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In December 2011, Kayce White began selling her handmade, all-natural cleaning products at craft fairs around Brooklyn, N.Y. Within a year, her company, HAVEN Sustainable Home Goods, scrambled to fulfill the company’s first major order: …

Why Building a Personal Brand Isn't for Everyone

Before you throw yourself into the social media whirl, you need to determine whether your taking a personal or corporate approach.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Tweet Naked<i>, online marketing expert and social media agency CEO Scott Levy provides the</i> …