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The Best Way to Interrupt a Co-Worker

The challenge is to get the job done without coming off like a big jerk.<p>Interrupting is a conversational minefield. Do it thoughtlessly and you'll create resentment. Avoid it completely and you'll become a doormat. Fortunately, the fine art of interrupting a conversation at work is an …

Self-help

Here's Why Mobile Payments Are The Future Of Commerce

More than 5 billion people have access to mobile phones and only 1.2 billion have bank accounts. For this reason, financial institutions looking to increase their customer base are going mobile.<p>In recent years, mobile payments and mobile transactions have become increasingly popular in the commerce …

How Working in a Pit Crew Taught This CEO an Invaluable Lesson on Leadership

"Build things faster. Build things more accurately. is Damien Patton the Founder & CEO of Banjos motto. But he wouldnt have gotten it without being a NASCAR mechanic.

How to Run a Quarterly Product Strategy Meeting: A Board Meeting for Product

One of the greatest challenges for the Head of Product at a fast-growing startup is to maintain focus on product strategy, to enable good, fast …

Your Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

How Much Should I Understand?<p>A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. She’d inherited a technical product where the …

34 tools that let you make the most of your MacOS

A few months ago, Ask Product Hunt launched, a community-powered product search engine. The idea was simple: Ask your product discovery questions on Product Hunt, and the community chimes in with their recommendations.<p>To date, more than 2,300 questions have been submitted, with one of the most …

Operating Systems

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

It’s called the Ivy Lee Method.<p>When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the …

Time Management

The 1 Habit That Prevents Burnout

Too many people suffer from burnout.<p>At the end of every year, I make it a point to do some serious reflecting.<p>Part of my reflection process this year has entailed taking a hard look at "burnout."<p>Burnout feels like you've hit a wall.<p>Every entrepreneur knows the feeling.<p>Burnout can happen at the end …

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

Instagram Founder Kevin Systrom's 5 Minute Cure for Procrastination

You need just 5 minutes to stop putting off your biggest, scariest goals.<p>Five minutes doesn't seem like enough time to accomplish anything of real importance. That's why, when we have these little scraps of time to spare, we often just throw them away on social media or cat videos.<p>But according to …

10 Growth Hacking Strategies to Triple Your Sales

The better you know your customers, the easier it will be to determine how you can best help them.<p>How do you build and grow a successful business? How do you take it from ground level, to national or even global awareness? How do you generate sales on autopilot and get people to notice you in a sea …

How A "Zero-Based" Calendar Can Supercharge Your Productivity

Blank space on your calendar could ea turn into wasted time<p>As a solopreneur, I create my own schedule and my productivity is limited only by the hours in my day and how I manage them. To that end, I'm always looking for better ways to keep track of tasks, arrange my days, organize my To-Dos and …

Time Management

10 Phrases Smart People Use In Workplace Conversations

If your ego doesn't get in the way, any of these ten phrases is a great way to build trust at work.<p>In management literature over the years, thought-leaders keep drilling down on trust as that one huge motivator that will get you great collaboration, increase employee engagement and lead to business …

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In their seminal HBR piece, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to …

4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees

I recently observed a town hall meeting where a new leader had just been promoted to run his division. In his introductory remarks, many – including me – were struck by his declaration, “One of the things you’ll find is that I’m very self-aware and open to feedback.” Even from the side of the room, …

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Don't Ask For Advice, They Ask For This Instead

While giving advice might feel good, stepping back and sharing experiences can often be more helpful.<p>Business owners are often looking for advice on strategies, tactics, and key decisions. However, while offering straight up advice might seem like an obvious solution, in the big picture, …

Self-improvement

How I Built an $18 Million Company With No VC Funding – and How You Can Too

Taking on money can mean your mistakes are bigger. Growing organically can save you from yourself.<p>Everywhere you turn, there's talk about startups making it big. Airbnb may be the next tech unicorn. Brave raised $35 million in under 30 seconds by creating its own cryptocurrency. These whirlwind …

Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?

Execution is an odd word. On the one hand, it means “the carrying out of a plan or course of action.” On the other, it means, “the carrying out of a death sentence.” When leaders “execute a strategy,” they usually mean the former — putting an idea into action. But those efforts all too often end up …

Why the ‘end of the startup era’ could be great for entrepreneurs

Three prominent tech thinkers recently declared the end of the startup era, questioned the future of tech innovation generally and heralded the rise of the “Frightful Five” — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — who will dominate the future of tech. All of the posts make credible …

Bristol-Myers Squibb

This Entrepreneur Went From $4.5 Billion to Nothing -- Lessons Learned

The sky was the limit. Until it wasn't.<p>In 2015 this unicorn entrepreneur was named one of <i>TIME’s</i> Most Influential People. President Obama invited this individual to be his Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. And, <i>Forbes</i> estimated their Net Worth at $4.5 Billion. This is also someone …

When Faced with Conflict, Try an Introspective Approach

<i>I wish he would just get fired.</i><p>How is it that rational, good, understanding, kind, collaborative people like you and me can get so triggered by certain colleagues’ work performance that our minds race with how we want them to get out of our lives and work — in any way possible? We come up with long …

This 2-minute rule will help stop you procrastinating

We talk a lot about science-backed methods for improving productivity and conquering procrastination. There are a lot of methods, hacks, and …

Time Management

When Faced With an Imperfect Team, Ask Yourself: 'What Would Wonder Woman Do?'

Imperfection is a human condition. Wonder Women accept this fact and lead accordingly.<p>Turns out, Amazons, like humans, are perfectly imperfect. From her strong disposition, impressive intellect, incredibly quick wit, to her super human strength, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is the picture of the …

An Unusually Candid VC Explains Why VCs Are a Bad Idea

Founder Collective partner Eric Paley, a former entrepreneur, says there's a lot wrong with his industry.<p>You start a company. You pitch it to a partner at a big-name venture capital firm. The partner decides your company has huge potential, gives it a unicorn valuation, and gives you tens of …

Venture Capital

The Quiet Price of Entrepreneurship

rawpixel / Pixabay<p>Read a selection of articles in most business publications and you will, undoubtedly, find more than a handful that explicitly or …

Entrepreneurship

The 7 Laws of Entrepreneurship (They Don't Teach You in School)

The education system doesn't teach you how to build a company.<p>Back when I was in college (for the short amount of time I attended), there was no major for entrepreneurship. In fact, I would argue it's something you can't fully learn in school, no matter how diligent the curriculum. There's no class …

Entrepreneurship

6 Things You Need to Keep Your Employees Happy (No, Money Isn't One of Them)

Meaning. Challenge. Autonomy. Just three of the six things employees are looking for from their work.<p>You might have seen the Gallup statistics that show that one out of two workers say they are "not engaged" with their job, while another 17 percent say they are "actively disengaged."<p>Even if you …

Employee Engagement

This is the Mindset to Stick by When You're Feeling Defeated in Your Business

Toxic negative thinking is the toughest barrier facing many entrepreneurs.<p>Any online entrepreneur will tell you that launching a business is easy -- it’s sustaining and growing the business that’s the real challenge. In the age of nonstop success stories, inspirational Instagram posts and …

Failed crowdfunding campaigns leave backers wondering: Is it a scam?

By the time David Woodward shipped the finished products to more than 600 financial backers around the world, some had already forgotten about the self-watering planters they had supported four years ago through Kickstarter's online crowdfunding platform.<p>"But they were happy to hear that they were …