What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Artists

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When musician Darden Smith put out his first record in 1986, it was a different world. For one thing, records were so expensive to produce, the sheer fact of having one was significant. And his eight years with Columbia, a major label, was a clear sign of having ‘made it.’ “It was a big deal back then,” he… [Read More]

Employee Retention: How Your Company Can Excel

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As the economy improves, employees — who may have felt lucky in the past just to have a job — might start looking around to see if better opportunities present themselves. Losing a key staffer can be expensive for a middle market company; studies show it can cost anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars (at the… [Read More]

How to Protect Your Online Reputation

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If you’re planning to hire someone, or go on a date with them, or even just want to find out more about who they are, it’s likely that your first move is to Google them. That’s why it’s so critical to take control of our online reputations: “It affects everyone, from you getting employment at… [Read More]

How To Think Differently About Success – And Failure

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“Most people don’t wake up every day and say, ‘I need philosophy,’” Ryan Holiday told me in a recent interview. “They say, ‘I have a problem I need to solve.’” But he came to believe philosophy was exactly what they needed. Long a fan of Stoicism, Holiday – best known for his successful books on marketing and… [Read More]

Didn’t Think Professional Reinvention Was Possible?

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This interview originally appeared at Talentedly. Dorie Clark is a testament to reinvention, and that we can be anyone we want to be if we are willing to put in the work. She has been a political reporter, a presidential campaign spokesperson, a non-profit director, and filmmaker. She now has her own thriving marketing strategy consulting… [Read More]

Rebranding Your Company: Is It Time?

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We all know how powerful brands can be. When we choose a product or service, we’re not just looking at price. Instead, it’s about the overall brand promise. It’s the same with your middle market company. You’ve built a relationship with your customers, and your brand means something to them. That can be a valuable… [Read More]

How to Cultivate Junior Talent

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Cultivating junior talent is one of the most important responsibilities of a middle market leader. You want to give employees of lesser experience the opportunity to try new things, learn, and grow in their roles, but it’s a delicate balancing act. While we all know that failure is part of the learning process, setbacks can… [Read More]

Making The Business Case For Diversity

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  Can diversity be good for the bottom line? Todd Sears thinks it’s essential. He started his career as a Wall Street investment banker, where, in his first job, he faced a “relatively homophobic boss” and went back into the closet. But in subsequent jobs, where he found a more welcoming atmosphere, he flourished and eventually shifted… [Read More]

Don’t Want to Be Pigeonholed? Answer These 3 Questions.

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  I recently quoted an entrepreneur in an article I was writing, and linked to one of her many books. Moments after the post went live, I got a panicky email, followed by a phone message. Could I change the link? There wasn’t an error; the book was just off-message from the brand she now hoped to… [Read More]

The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Google+ Hangout on Air

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The following post is co-authored by Debbie Horovitch and Dorie Clark. Should you make an effort to get involved on Google+? Some question whether it’s worth the effort, since it still hasn’t gained as much public traction as Facebook or even Twitter. But we believe Google+ (sometimes written as Google Plus) has one killer feature that’s… [Read More]