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Why Designers Are Reviving This 30-Year-Old Japanese Productivity Theory

Toyota’s 5S principles, which ushered in lean manufacturing in the 1980s, are experiencing a renaissance.<p>Decades before Marie Kondo became the go-to Japanese organizational guru—transforming her name into a verb and selling more than 6 million copies of her book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying</i> …

Start 2017 Off Right With These 100 Motivational Quotes | Inc.com

I think we can all agree that 2016 was an interesting year and that its best to just leave it at that. So farewell to 2016 its time to hit the reset button and start 2017 with a new outlook.<p>Start 2017 Off Right With These 100 Motivational Quotes:<p>"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands …

These 31 Songs Will Make Great Mantras for Your 2017 | Inc.com

By now you've read a bunch of the usual "looking back on 2016" articles. And you've seen the typical "Start Your New Year in This Way" articles.<p>I'd like to break the mold a bit.<p>I found 31 mantras you can adopt as themes for 2017 (one for each day of January), following two unique rules:<p>Each mantra …

7 Ways to Make Extra Income Even With a Full-Time Job

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Co-founder of Web Profits<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is your dwindling bank account impacting your health? The American Psychological Association (APA) released a survey showing that money stress impacts Americans' health nationwide. And, …

How One Company Used Data to Rethink the Customer Journey

Just how personal do customers want their experience to be with a company when making a purchase? A few years ago, customers might have said that a company’s attempts to offer a unique and personalized experience felt too much like stalking. Now, with so much time spent online, those expectations …

Using Surveys to Understand the Customer Journey - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM GOOGLE ANALYTICS 360 SUITE

Your organization has plenty of data about customer behavior that tells you what different customers do where and when. You can see when they visit you online, how long they search, and how much they spend.<p>But too often the <i>why</i> behind their actions remains elusive. With the mountains of information …

How to Work a Conference: 5 Tips | Inc.com

Conferences are great in theory, but sometimes disappoint in practice. Sure the speaker lineup is amazing, but how do you actually meaningfully connect with these A-listers? Meanwhile, the room may be jam-packed with potential customers or collaborators, but this very wealth of options can be …

Tackling Big Global Challenges with Low-Cost Innovation

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>Digital platforms like Uber and Airbnb harness the power of the internet to offer a frictionless marketplace that powerfully matches supply and demand so as to make whole new sets of assets available to customers. Airbnb lets spare room owners make money out of their idle asset …

How to Build a Culture of Originality

If there’s one place on earth where originality goes to die, I’d managed to find it. I was charged with unleashing innovation and change in the ultimate bastion of bureaucracy. It was a place where people accepted defaults without question, followed rules without explanation, and clung to …

5 Industries the iPhone Indirectly Innovated | Inc.com

The iPhone is one of the most well-known brands in the world. As recently as the fourth financial quarter of 2015, Apple sold 48 million of them around the world. However, while Apple has provided us all with smartphones, the iPhone has gone on to indirectly change a variety of industries.<p>This …

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From The Dutch, A Pedestrian Underpass You’ll Actually Want To Walk Through

Quiet, well-lit, easy to maintain. Plus an enormous tile mural designed by Irma Boom.<p>As far as public spaces go, pedestrian underpasses don’t have a stellar reputation. What in theory is a convenient passageway under highways or buildings can quickly become a dark and crime-ridden trash tunnel if …

How Storytelling Helps Business Connect With Customers and Drive Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you tell a story, three things happen in your brain -- your memories are triggered, the emotions associated with those memories are triggered and you want to take action. And in your reader’s brain, the same three things happen -- …

What Business and Government Should Do When Innovation Outpaces Regulation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For entrepreneurs and inventors, the beauty of an innovative new product or service seems obvious -- especially when consumers embrace it enthusiastically.<p>But the reality of bringing an exciting product or service to market in a regulated …

Albuquerque Has Embraced the Entrepreneurial Mindset for City Services

What’s happening with city employees in Albuquerque, New Mexico may help change the way we think about entrepreneurship and the way business owners, founders and managers think about employees.<p>A little more than a year ago, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry launched a program to teach 100 city …

7 Tips to Build a Business While Working a Day Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people dream of leaving their nine-to-five jobs to start their own businesses. Many successful entrepreneurs had to keep their day jobs until they reached a point in their businesses when it was feasible to quit. This transition time …

How to Build Innovation Into Your Business Without Creating Chaos

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business leaders know that innovation is critical to the growth and success of a company. But implementing a company-wide system for even <i>identifying</i> innovative ideas often triggers a strong protest against any initiative that might cause …

David Bowie: An Innovator Who Understood The Power Of Business As Much As Pop Culture

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” There are so many quotes that encapsulate the astonishing creativity of David Bowie, pop music’s greatest polymath, but for the purposes of this tribute that’s a perfect start.<p>His death Sunday at the age of 69 from cancer, …

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Meetings Waste Money, And Now You Can Calculate Just How Much

Use this in your pitch to remove a useless meeting from your schedule.<p>It’s well known that companies waste a lot of time and money organizing and having meetings. We waste time endlessly emailing to find time-slots that suit everybody. We waste time waiting for everyone to arrive. We waste time …

How Local Governments Are Using Technology to Serve Citizens Better

In our connected, customer-centric world, customers have come to expect that their needs will be met quickly and frictionlessly — especially in cities, where Instacart delivers groceries to your apartment, Amazon provides same-day delivery, and Uber and Lyft compete to have a car to your door in …

How to Come Up With a Creative Idea in 3 Simple Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How do you know whether your idea is creative or crazy?<p>In lieu of a magic genie, Daniel Lubetzky, the founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks, has a three stage process for field testing new ideas.<p>First comes the creative phase, where …

This 30-Day Plan Is the Secret to Disrupting Yourself | Inc.com

Disruption is one of the least well understood aspects of innovation and life in general. We see it as something that comes from the outside, an unwelcome visitor that steps into our lives unannounced to rock our world when things are going just fine. What if I told you that disruption is not about …

5 Creative (and Cheap) Ways to Test a Product Idea | Inc.com

Getting an early read on the market value for your product or services is an essential component of a successful launch. The earlier in the development process you can conduct market research, the better it will be to make critical design adjustments in your message, your target market or your …

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How to Disrupt any Industry in 3 Steps | Inc.com

Disruption is what every entrepreneur hopes for when they start a business. This hope doesn't only stem to create a viable business, but to make severe impact on their customers, and the world around them.<p>Take a business that disrupted the taxi industry; Uber. They took the concerns with the …

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A Business Model Canvas Provides Direction for an Organization’s Go-to-Market Strategy

A Business Model Canvas provides direction for an organization’s go-to-market strategy. Initially proposed by <b>Alexander Osterwalder,</b> it is a visual …

The Dark Side of Creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for …

5 Indications That 'Side-Gigging' Is More Than a Fad

CEO of Invoice2go<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In recent months, the media has labelled the rise of traditionally employed workers taking on part-time side work (a.k.a. "side-gigging") a trend that will likely fade with a surging economy.<p>However, this view has focused …