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10 Tips for Attracting and Maintaining a Top Notch Team | Inc.com

Barring very few exceptions, startups are cash poor and remain so for a very long time. But driven founders are capable of thriving in this environment and are not dissuaded by uncertainty of outcome or income. Compensation is rarely the driver in their pursuit of achieving success.<p>New employees …

Employee Engagement

5 Things Your Startup Can't Afford to Overlook | Inc.com

Launching something from the ground up is exciting, but it also can be scary. Am I covering all my bases? How will people find me? Do I have enough money?<p>I started my email marketing company, VerticalResponse, in 2001. It's been a wild ride watching it go from a scrappy startup to an established …

Small Business

Blurb Founder Eileen Gittins Touts to Virtues of Storytelling at Dell's Women's Entrepreneurship Conference | Inc.com

Think you've got your pitch down cold? Good for you, but your work isn't over.<p>You may have one story down, but you've got five more to go, says Eileen Gittins, the CEO of Blurb. Gittins was speaking at the Dell Women Entrepreneurship Conference in Austin on Monday.<p>Gittins' company started out as a …

Writing

Innovate ... or Become Irrelevant: Three Ways to Drive Creativity | Inc.com

Every week CEOs contact me for brain-based techniques to increase their innovation momentum, to expedite product and service development, to streamline customer input in the process of creation. How do we do this? Read on.<p>1. <i>Create a culture of innovation</i><p>The number one problem we see in cultures of …

Innovation

3 Tricks to Defeat Memory Block | Inc.com

Drawing a blank when you’re giving a speech in front an audience can be a traumatic experience. Remember when Texas governor Rick Perry stumbled during a nationally televised presidential debate? It gave endless fodder to media pundits and stand-up comedians alike.<p>So, what can you do when memory …

Public Speaking

19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day

Each is a small thing, but each also has the power to change your life... and the lives of the people around you.

9 Things Great Speakers Always Do | Inc.com

Whether you're giving a wedding toast, a TED talk, or an important address to an audience of thousands, you want your words to resonate. Here are nine keys to success from some of the best public speakers in history.<p><b>They are authentic.</b><p>Many advisors will tell you to open a speech with a joke, but …

Public Speaking

How To Repair Your Damaged Reputation | Inc.com

You can rebuild your reputation as a leader, Keith Wyche says, but only one time.<p>"We are a country of second chances, but we are not very fond of third ones," Wyche a leadership expert and former CEO of the ACME Markets grocery chain, tells <i>Inc.</i> "When leaders come out and say they are reformed, and …

Leadership

How to Build a Culture of Accountability | Inc.com

Too many American workplaces allow or encourage people to behave irresponsibly--failing to keep their commitments, being chronically tardy, and consistently favoring their own interests at the expense of their teammates or customers. That view comes from Julie Miller and Brian Bedford, co-authors …

Employment

Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate

Drake is worried that his waterfall is too loud. He rises from a wicker armchair and walks toward a control pad in the corner of his flagstone patio. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A SEAL's Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs aren’t average people. The average person doesn’t hedge their bets against the odds and zig while the rest of the flock chooses to zag. But having the courage and audacity to enter into an unknown market, create a brand new …

Now Seeing 600M Swipes Per Day, Tinder Looks Serious About Expanding Beyond Dating

Tinder, the simple and addictive matchmaking app that launched just 16 months ago at a University of Southern California party, took home the Crunchie award for best new startup last night. I pulled aside Tinder’s co-founders Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, and Jonathan Badeen for a brief interview to …

'Show Me the Money' Tips for Business Sellers | Inc.com

Most owners benefit from working with an experienced business broker. A good business broker can shepherd your business through the sale process to the most successful outcome while leaving you free to focus on continuing to operate and build your business so you can obtain a higher sale …

Small Business

Seth's Blog

<b>Deniability</b>--"<i>They</i> decided, created, commanded or blocked. Not my fault."<p><b>Helplessness</b>--"My boss won't let me."<p><b>Contempt</b>--"They don't pay me enough to …

6 Ways To Be A Kick-Ass Mentor

There are mentors, and then there are kick-ass mentors. And if you’re going to take on the mantle of giving someone else career guidance, insight, and advice, you might as well aspire to greatness.<p>After Kristin Mosher signed up for Pathbuilders, an Atlanta, Georgia, leadership and mentoring …

Your First 5 Minutes With a Client Tells You Everything | Inc.com

Regardless of what you are selling, or to whom you are trying to sell, the first five minutes with a client tells you everything you need to know--if you use those minutes wisely.<p>Minute 1: Get the client's attention.<p>When you make contact with a client, your focus should be on making your product …

Product Management

How To Harness The Creative Power Of Introverts At Work

The person with the best, most creative ideas isn’t always heard. Here’s how to understand and work with introverts.<p>What do Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Darwin, J.K. Rowling, and Rosa Parks have in common? They are all people who made an …

4 Things Highly Persuasive Speakers Do | Inc.com

For a presenter, few moments are better than feeling you have the audience in the palm of your hand. And few are more painful than feeling the gulf between you and your listeners getting wider and wider.<p>Here are four principles that seem to guide the great speakers I've seen recently, whether …

Public Speaking

5 Steps to Optimizing Team Performance | Inc.com

Every company wants to tap the full potential of each employee. Often the best way to do this is not to focus on them as individuals, but as members of teams that tackle critical projects as effectively as possible. It's not enough, however, to simply assign them to teams: You also have to supply …

Management

The Power of Listening, Open-Book Management Article | Inc.com

<b>Cover Story</b><p>In the beginning was the Dream, as is the case with most entrepreneurial ventures, only at that stage it wasn't too grandiose. "Seven years and out," says Paul Centenari. Buy the company, fatten it up, sell it.<p>Not long after came the nightmare. What had been a tidy, profitable little …

Business Strategy

How to Get Job Candidates to Take Off the Mask | Inc.com

As Jon Steinberg, the President of Buzzfeed recently put it, the interview is really as good as it gets.<p>"If you are interviewing or negotiating with a new hire, and you like them more and more, you are making a good hire," he writes. "If you are having a difficult hiring process but think it will …

Employment

Reluctant Employees? Motivate Them With Two Questions | Inc.com

The greatest management challenge everyone faces is motivating people to do what they'd rather not do. So how can leaders can persuade others without alienating them?<p>Leadership author Daniel Pink recently gave props to the book Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything--Fast! by Michael …

Motivation

This Is What Really Happens When a Startup Fails | Inc.com

Three weeks ago, the Canvas team had returned from winter holidays, hunkering back into work at the company's Union Square office in New York City. Just weeks earlier, the company--seven people, including its 26-year-old founder, Chris Poole--had a major success in launching its first iPhone app, …

Startups

The Secret to Making People Accept Change | Inc.com

<b>Step 1: Map the political landscape.</b> Change leaders need to "map the political landscape -; the key external and internal, formal and informal stakeholders who will be affected" Auster and Ruebottom write.<p><b>Step 2: Identify the key influencers within each stakeholder group. "</b>Influencers are the key …

C-suite Leadership

Become More Positive With These 5 Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>History has shown that those with an optimistic outlook on life are the ones who usually find the most success.<p>For me, changing my negative mental attitude to a positive one resulted in a completely different lifestyle, both personally …

6 Keys to Getting Organized | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs always need to be alert to the next opportunity. But that can be hard to do when unscheduled appointments, meetings that run overtime, junk email messages, or a messy office all conspire to waste your time. There are innumerable techniques and products touted as the answer to making …

Productivity

3 Interview Questions You Must Ask | Inc.com

Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working.<p>To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here's a simple but incredibly effective interview technique I learned from John Younger, the CEO of …

Employment

12 Quirky Things Tech Companies Do With New Hires

Your first day at work just got way more interesting.