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Checklist: Is Your Business on Track for Success?

June 28, 2013 by Meredith Wood

The best way to start thinking about the future is to look at what you’re doing right now. Is the path you’re on now leading to a better future for you? To help you figure this out, we’ve made a checklist. If you can check all of these off, then chances are you’re well on your way to glory.[read more]

What to Do When a New Idea Strikes

June 24, 2013 by Garrett Moon

Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s the execution that counts. How do you execute a new idea? How do you make the leap? It is not as easy as it sounds. Move too quickly and we risk wasting time on an idea that wasn’t very good. If we wait too long, the big moment, that perfect opportunity, will pass and the idea goes unnoticed.[read more]

4 Most Popular Business Ventures

June 14, 2013 by Small Biz Bee

If you are considering starting a small business, there are a lot of options. Hundreds of thousands of new businesses are started in the United States every year. So, what are some of the most popular types of new businesses?[read more]

In Praise of Internet Exceptionalism

June 13, 2013 by Albert Wenger

Selling online, you can sell to an entire country or potentially the entire world. And someone visiting your online store but not buying will tend to result only in negligible cost--unless you invest heavily in realtime online consultation. So now what should you obsess about? Top line growth suddenly becomes hugely important.[read more]

Looking for B2B Leads in All the Wrong Places?

June 7, 2013 by Andrew Hunt

The big question you need to ask yourself is, “Where do my prospects spend their time, and how can I get their attention?” That doesn’t mean a flash ad. It means how can you demonstrate to them that you can help solve their specific problem? Once you have done that you will stop looking for leads in all the wrong places, and start making sales.[read more]

Internet and Income Inequality: We Need To Think Ahead

June 6, 2013 by Albert Wenger

Most people do not have the ability to stop working because they are in need of an income. We are facing a problem of dramatic oversupply of labor that we will ultimately only be able to address with redistribution of wealth most likely in the form of some kind of guaranteed base income and/or negative income tax rates at low income levels. That is not an individual choice but rather something we have to do as a society.[read more]

The Transformation Agenda

June 3, 2013 by Jim Ewel

One of the toughest jobs for any marketer is to repair a damaged brand. Sometimes, it’s not repairing damage, but simply changing the attributes that the market associates with the brand.[read more]

Overcoming the Impossibility of Amazing

May 24, 2013 by Seth Godin

If you set your bar at "amazing," it's awfully difficult to start. Your first paragraph, sketch, formula, sample or concept isn't going to be amazing. Your tenth one might not be either.[read more]

Why Entrepreneurs Love Their Jobs

May 23, 2013 by Deimar Gutierrez

Studies show that on average a self-employed person works 4.4 more hours per week than an average employee at a company, and they are also more likely to report higher levels of stress than a typical person who is employed by someone else. And yet they tend to be happier. Why?[read more]

It's Time to Engage with Employee Engagement

May 21, 2013 by Holly Green

What are the top drivers of employee engagement? Find out what works to get your employees fully involved in helping your organization win. According to a survey, 54% said their company did not have an explicit employee engagement program. Thirty-eight percent said they did have such programs. The remaining 7% did not know.[read more]

Tumblr and Yahoo

May 20, 2013 by Albert Wenger

I am excited about the combination with Yahoo. When Marissa took over Yahoo, I expected that acquisitions would play a role in her transformation of the company. At the time I wrote that the ideal target would be “startups that have very talented people and also interesting products but could benefit from the scale of Yahoo.”[read more]

It's Your Job To Improve Your Team

May 17, 2013 by Brad Feld

It’s not your job to defend your team. It’s your job to improve your team. Upon reflection, all of the great CEOs and executives that I’ve ever worked with believe this and behave this way.[read more]

Self-Employment Shifting to the Creative Class

May 16, 2013 by Steve King

Well known author and academic Richard Florida has written extensively about the rise of the creative class. According to his work, the creative class - a grouping of knowledge-based professions - has rapidly increased its share of total employment over the last 2 decades and now comprises about one third of all U.S. jobs.[read more]

Five Ways to Innovate (By Seeing the World Just A Little Differently)

May 14, 2013 by Holly Green

If innovation seems like some mystifying, unfathomable task, these “Playing With Your Brain” exercises can take much of the mystery out of the process.[read more]

Your Manifesto for Success

May 8, 2013 by Gavin Heaton

Harvest ideas. Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.[read more]

Earn Your Change Chips Early

April 29, 2013 by Steve Roesler

If we're in a position to initiate something new or different, the time we've invested building solid relationships can determine our ability to gain support and moment. The leader who spends time playing corporate video poker may revel in his individual genius, but lacks the relational chips needed to convert that genius into action.[read more]

The Third, Fourth and Fifth Most Powerful Words in Business

April 23, 2013 by Holly Green

Three simple yet powerful words can hold the key to getting unstuck when trying to resolve difficult problems. Here’s how to use them.[read more]

The Easy Trap

April 20, 2013 by Seth Godin

The prospects that are the easiest to engage with online--the ones that believe big promises, simple come-ons and garish interfaces--are often the very people who will become your lowest-value customers.[read more]

Big Data, Quantum Theory and Your Unconscious Mind

April 18, 2013 by Rebel Brown

In alignment with Quantum Theory, our unconscious minds select to focus on only a fragment of the information available to us, based on what we expect and what matches our programs. We delete all the rest of the information, including the options and choices that are associated with that information.[read more]

A New Study Examines Engagement of the Entire C-suite in Sustainability Strategy

April 16, 2013 by William Newman

There is also speculation that we have reached “peak sustainability” in that chief sustainability officer position creation is on the decline. Within that speculation is whether or not sustainability is starting to be adopted as a standard business strategy that no longer needs a specific champion, or if it is being absorbed by the existing c-Suite.[read more]