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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]

Your Employees Need Feedback

June 4, 2013 by Deimar Gutierrez

Feedback, if used well and on time, is a key tool for increasing productivity and for motivating employees. If we consider that today's business leaders expect workers to be project-driven, results-oriented, the approach of many companies to give feedback once or twice a year is ineffective. Worse, in many cases there is no feedback at all.[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]

Can Supply Chain Visibility Save Lives?

May 29, 2013 by William Newman

Social and sentiment analysis can also play into that from a demand signal management perspective. Social plug-ins can see the sentiment analysis on brands, platform, and customer preferences. So what does this mean having a true voice of the customer in the wake of a horrific supplier event?[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]

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]

Do Monetary Rewards Create Psychopaths?

May 15, 2013 by Paul Hebert

Today’s business activities are increasingly more team-based and more reliant on people working together toward a goal – one person’s output is dependent on another’s and so on. No man/woman is an island any more. Therefore, it is more important than ever that our employees have the skills and temperament to work together effectively.[read more]

Miscommunication

May 12, 2013 by Seth Godin

The challenge of communication isn't to never miscommunicate, it's to cut down the time between the interaction and the realization that the communication didn't get through. Because the sooner we know we're not connecting, the sooner we can fix it.[read more]

Making Your Company Beautiful

May 11, 2013 by Paul Hebert

We’ve all heard about putting lipstick on a pig – trying to make something pretty by just adding some surface enhancements. Too often employee programs fall into this category. Companies read about zappos (everybody drink!) or the new engagement wunderkind – google, and their “fact-based approach” to engagement – and say “Bring me one of those.”[read more]

Who Would You Choose to Be Your Customers?

May 7, 2013 by John Jantsch
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Much has been said in marketing circles about target markets, demographics, psychographics and other ways to define who and what makes an ideal customer. The notion mostly implies that you determine the makeup of a market that your business seems suited to attract. The thing that’s always bothered me about this simple approach is that it sort of has a lowest common denominator element to it – who can we attract?[read more]

Better Benefits Won't Create Employee Engagement

April 30, 2013 by Paul Hebert

A lot of discussion on engagement has focused on providing new and quirky benefits – foosball tables, unlimited vacation, and gourmet food in the cafeteria. Those are all great things. But in my mind, they are the “benefits” of working at a particular company.[read more]

The Rise of the Underground Economy

April 26, 2013 by Steve King

Last year we suggested growth in the underground economy is likely a key reasons workforce participation has fallen so much in the U.S. Others are starting to also suggest this. Noted author James Surowiecki's New Yorker article The Underground Recovery points out: "Ordinary Americans have gone underground, and, as the recovery continues to limp along, they seem to be doing it more and more."[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]

Flexibility is Why Companies Hire Contingent Workers

April 17, 2013 by Steve King

Because business conditions shift a lot quicker than they used to, cost committments that last more than a year are now considered fixed costs (5 years used to the norm for fixed costs). And because it's gotten harder to fire or lay-off traditional employees - especially quickly - more firms are viewing employees as fixed costs.[read more]

The Brand is a Story, But It's a Story About You, Not About the Brand

April 16, 2013 by Seth Godin

Why prefer Coke over Pepsi or GE over Samsung or Ford over Chevy? In markets that aren't natural monopolies or where there are clear, agreed-upon metrics, how do we decide?[read more]

The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

April 15, 2013 by Steve King

Men still out earn women on average. But the gap has significantly closed over the last 2 decades and we are forecasting earnings parity between the sexes will occur within the next decade. We also believe women's earnings growth will outperform men past that point and by the 2030 time frame women, on average, will substantially out-earn men.[read more]