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Be Different, Not Better

Jae Yi | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Jae Yi

I'm a big believer that if you do what everyone else is doing, you're just going to be like everyone else. In order to stand out from the pack, you have to be different, not better. Here are a couple lessons I've learned on how to be different that I hope help you out in some way!

Why Persistence Pays Off When it Comes to Marketing

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

Anyone who's ever operated a garage sale or lemonade stand knows the most important aspect of any business is having a product or service that people want. Not everyone, however, recognizes that a close second is making sure that product or service is marketed effectively.

Women's Advancement: Three Things Men Aren't Telling Women (Part Three of Three)

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

The truth is, many men don't care about advancing women. Even when provided with facts, data and a solid business case many men and many organizations simply don't care.

NASA, 'The Martian' and Lessons About Business

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jack Stahlmann

No organization is better at taking advantage of positive press. They are able to leverage their product in a way that would make any Fortune 500 CEO blush. Here are three-and-a-half ways your company can harness the NASA magic.

Women's Advancement: 3 Things Men Aren't Telling Women

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

Why is it so hard for men to have this conversation about female leadership? It's a question that almost answers itself when you scan our current business environment. I would say the main challenge for organizations is that they have not approached women as an "operating priority."

Women's Advancement: 3 Things Men Aren't Telling Women (Part Two of Three)

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

The answer to Part Two is much tougher. It's the hard wiring of the company; its programs, processes and the culture of the company. It involves Leadership Growth.

Creating a 1-Page Quarterly Action Plan for Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

As a leader of your company you know it's your job to lead your team and keep the company focused on the right things. In fact, in order to successfu...

Know Your Social Media ROI

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

Social media can be a boon to your business, but finding your particular path to success can be filled with roadblocks and detours.

Thrive in Any Economy

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Jamelle Sanders

A few weeks ago I led a talk for entrepreneurs centered around the economy. It was a very fascinating and intriguing conversation. At the time the market had just dropped over 1,000 points and the news media was interrupting programming with live breaking news.

Social Impact Education: Business Strategy for Emergent Economies

Julia M. Satov | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Julia M. Satov

Businesses have become big players in the production of knowledge. Deloitte and PriceWaterhouse Coopers are exemplar powerhouses of social impact research.

These 6 Tips Can Help Your Company Culture Survive Layoffs

Quora | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business

Companies always need to retain their top performers. When a company is struggling it is even harder to retain top performers. Here are some rules of things to do and not do when your company is falling on hard times.

How to Protect Your Confidence as an Entrepreneur

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

Practicing mindfulness helps you to come into control. To come into balance. To protect your confidence and re-frame the conversation that you're having in your head. As a result, you can position yourself to thrive rather than merely survive in business.

Micro Niche Your Way to Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Creating business growth isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days of being everything to everybody. Even focusing on a niche is no longer enough to break into the world of big profits.

Why It Pays to Charge More

Alex Budak | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

One of the most common questions that comes up among social entrepreneurs in our incubator is how much they should charge for their product or service. The truth is, I'm not qualified to answer that. And, honestly, neither are they.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Use The Strategy Plan Instead of The Business Plan

Yura Bryant | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

What is one of the first things people say you need before going into business? A business plan. The basis of this statement is that the business plan is supposed to be instrumental in guiding your business's path towards continual growth.

Brilliant Strategy, Brilliant Execution

Terri Wallin | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Terri Wallin

Often when there is a negative outcome related to accomplishing a vision in an organization, it can be traced back to the strategy and the execution...

4 Months, 4 Key Lessons For All Entrepreneurs

Sarah Cannata | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Sarah Cannata

Let's be honest, there aren't too many overnight success stories out there. It's been four months since I quit my full-time job to run my own show and to be honest, when I say that, it feels like a joke in many ways. People spend years building their businesses into what they eventually become and if there's one thing the last four months has taught me, it's that this is a tough gig.

Top 10 - 8 of 10 : The Best Thing Ever Written About Strategy

Richard Koch | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

Boring stuff? Maybe. But absolutely vital. Too often the market leader shoots itself in the foot by exaggerating the cost of providing its biggest volume products and the cost of serving its largest and best customers, opening the way for smaller rivals to make hay.

Five Things I Love About Having a Strategic Growth Plan for My Small Business

Helen Callier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Helen Callier

A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.

The Business Community Connection is Vital

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Two years ago, I was at Harvard attending the Inner City 100 Conference and listened to a small business owner detail how he'd removed himself from the board of directors of several charities in his area.

Risk in the Asset-less Economy

Dante Disparte | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

Uber and Airbnb's customers, non-employee employees and stakeholders rightfully have an expectation of the harmonization of the terms of trade irrespective of borders. Herein lies one of the greatest existential risks to the asset-less economy.

Essential Strategies for Exceeding Expectations

Daniel Burrus | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Daniel Burrus

If we promise to do everything we can possibly do for a customer in order to make a sale, there will be no way to exceed expectations. It's important to keep some of the functionality of a product -- or a part of the service that you sell -- a secret.

What Makes You So Special?

Joshua Macht | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Joshua Macht

There's a path beyond the scary job statistics. Finding a fruitful and meaningful career after college means having a strategy. Learning to think like a corporate strategist helps. Let me explain why.

Got Milk? If Not, Here's Why You Should

Brian Kennell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A branding change alone cannot reverse the milk sales slump. It requires a combination of efforts, including promoting milk's healthful qualities and creating even more innovative dairy products that meet consumers' changing needs.

"Goal First" -- A Product Roadmapping How-To

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The best boss I ever worked for (who was also one of my early mentors) beat into me the following "she with a plan wins." I hold on to that lesson today and typically am the first in a meeting to ask the 'wet blanket' question "why are we doing this?"