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Turning Ideas Into Intellectual Property

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Ideas are cheap but tactical execution is not. We all live work in a fiercely competitive world and every idea, concept, or business model has to be carefully shepherded from that first drawing on a napkin to refined product marketing.

Turning Dream Jobs Into Reality: Designer, Athena Procopiou

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Style
Sara Lee Bentley

Athena is amazed that in such a short amount of time, her label is carried in some of the best stores worldwide and she has an international clientele. "It shows that there are boho women all over the world that chase the sun just like me!"

Managing Change: Is It Stupid and Dangerous?

Randy Pennington | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

This is the second time around for change as the topic de jour. Back in the 1990's, the message was "Change is coming. Get ready." Our cheese was moving and our icebergs were melting. A shift was happening, and we were being warned.

4 Things Not to Do After a Performance Review

GoGirl Finance | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
GoGirl Finance

This is your life. While work may not be the highest priority for you, most likely it is still where you are spending most of your waking hours. Why not push yourself to make the most of it? Employ what you learned from your review as the basis for new career goals.

Why SAP Is the Dominant ERP Provider

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.16.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

One of your greatest challenges is wading through a growing list of vendors and their single marketing automation services mapped to your in-house technology, staffing and strategic business requirements.

Perfecting the Pitch: How to Sell Better, Faster and Smarter

Danny Wong | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

When you pitch a client, it can feel as if this is your only chance to close the deal. Fortunately, even if they say no, you both can revisit the opportunity further down the line. But it may take weeks, months or years before you get a second chance.

One Trick Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting

Tania Yuki | Posted 04.06.2015 | Small Business
Tania Yuki

Being an entrepreneur is no different from any other kind of leader, and step one in both cases is to manage your state. And the biggest key in managing your state is ensuring you only feed your mind with quality questions. Ask questions that contemplate the outcome you would like, rather than questions designed to dissect and dwell on what you don't want.

6 Business Lessons From March Madness

Mat Ishbia | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Mat Ishbia

The lessons I learned from Coach Izzo and from the intense competition at that level have served me well in my business career. As the latest round of March Madness kicks off, I'd like to share how some of the lessons I've learned from basketball apply to the business world.

What Is the Correct Referral Etiquette?

Linda Coles | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
Linda Coles

So much of our business life is about building relationships with others and gaining their trust. It takes a long time to do but only a moment to break. Being known for always doing the best job you can and being the person with impeccable manners will ensure you get even more referrals.

What Spring Break Can Teach You About Business

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Jack Stahlmann

Spring break was such an exciting time in our college days; it's a shame that corporate America hasn't embraced the concept with open arms. Sure, 21-year-old me was an idiot, but surprisingly there are a few things that moronic, youthful me can teach modern-day me about the workplace.

8 Successful Tips to Keep Leaders Focused on 'The Majors'

Terri Wallin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Executives are under siege from countless disparate business priorities all claiming to be number one. The competing priorities are all persuasive. Priorities can come from you, your board or other boss, or from employees.

How Are You the Solution to Someone's Problem?

Shawn Tolleson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Small Business
Shawn Tolleson

Instead of walking around looking at everyone as the potential solution to your own problem, you're actually listening for what their problems are. It's like changing the glasses through which you look at the world.

Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

Michael Flores | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Michael Flores

When you set out to raise money, you think you're doing it based on the strength of your ideas, but most investors are looking equally if not mostly at the team.

Advice to My Younger Self

Ronda Lee | Posted 03.06.2015 | Good News
Ronda Lee

A couple of friends called for advice about a job interview and what was holding back career goals. I told both of them that their anxiety was indicative of their age.

Bob Anderson - Patriarch of the Paper Store

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

Every great business is built through the collaboration of hundreds or thousands of employees. A funny thing happens when you really care about your people... they end up caring about you and your company too.

Why Fit In? Stand Out and Win in Business

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Let's face it, many professionals have good skills. So it helps to be memorable -- whether your goal is to win clients, get promoted in your organization, or rise to the top of an industry.

6 Big Misconceptions People Have About Personal Branding Online

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Joanne Tombrakos

Even as the importance of having a good digital profile is more readily accepted and recognized there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. With that come many misconceptions. I offer six of what I see as the most common.

Words of Wisdom From Entrepreneurs

Scott MacFarland | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Over the years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and become friends with some incredibly successful entrepreneurs. I discovered many of them like to face a challenge head-on and will not stop at anything until their goals are accomplished.

​College Advice from 10 Business Executives and Entrepreneurs

Robert Morin | Posted 04.18.2015 | College
Robert Morin

One of the quickest and surest ways to success is to skip the trial and error process (or at least minimize it) and learn from those who have already "made it."

True Leadership

Scott Painter | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Scott Painter

It wasn't my smarts that turned the tide, nor my ambition or doggedness. It was my vulnerability.

The Great Million Dollar Candidate: Part 2

Mark Wayman | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Mark Wayman

This is Part 2 in my series about what makes a great million dollar candidate. It's funny how so many candidates say, "Oh, I don't need that. I'm a great candidate." My response is, "No disrespect, then why are you unemployed?"

My Speaking Nightmare -- Lesson Learned

Ellevate | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women

Fortunately for me, I was going to get credit for my own presentation. Unfortunately for the attendees, they were not going to meet Scarlett Johannsen.

Finance Industry Leader Shares His Best Secrets to Success

Jacki Bryk | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Jacki Bryk

It doesn't matter if you work in finance, technology, design or any other industry, we can all learn something from how these luminaries approach professional obstacles, and the skills they hone to reach the top of their respective fields.

The Great Million-Dollar Candidate: Part 1

Mark Wayman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Mark Wayman

A question that comes up frequently is, "What makes a great million dollar candidate?" So here are three attributes that hiring companies and Executive Recruiters look for in "A" (the best) candidates.

Why a Good Mentor Can Help Take an Entrepreneur's Business to the Next Level

Leisa Peterson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

Most entrepreneurs know that the skills needed to launch a new business are often quite different from the skills needed to maintain a growing enterprise. That's what Marc discovered after he launched his first business venture 15 years ago.