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One Trick Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting

Tania Yuki | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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
Ellevate

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.

From Cleaning Toilets to Delivering Donuts: 12 Highly Successful Businesswomen Share Their Unconventional Advice

Catherine Alford | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Catherine Alford

In the past year, I've been inspired by other female business owners, women who are creative, tenacious, giving, and unique. Whether they juggle motherhood with work or are just starting on their unique endeavors, women have so much to offer the business world.

8 Simple Steps to Starting Your Business in 2015

Tanya Williams | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Tanya Williams

The next time that you have that million-dollar aha moment, don't brush it off. Consider the name of your business. Envision your logo, and the colors you'd like to use. Who will your audience include? Think about your potential customer.

The Personality of Negotiation: Don't Buy the Bravado

Nick Segal | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Nick Segal

When you consider your last negotiation, did you come from a position of strength or weakness and how did your tone, mannerisms and body language either support you or give you away?

You Are Not Your Job! How to Avoid the Identity Trap

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Thomas Gelmi

In times when the borders between work and private lives become blurry and continuously dissolve, managing them actively becomes an ever increasing challenge. Without the clear distinction between roles, a time-wise separation of the two areas of life is bound to fail.

The Single Most Important Metric to Measure to Improve Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Most businesses carelessly fall into cash crunches because they let their receivables slip longer and longer before being paid. But the longer you let your receivables slip, the more damaging this can be to your company's cash flow.

Neuroscience of Christmas Overwhelm!

Amy Brann | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Amy Brann

Not a blog post title I've ever read before...although the reality will likely be familiar to many. As I sit now overlooking the beautiful Clee Hill countryside my internal environment is slowly simmering down to match the tranquillity of my external environment.