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]

The 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Fail at Personal Branding

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We all know personal branding is critical for entrepreneurs. If someone is going to buy from you, they need to understand who you are, what you stand for and the value you bring. But too many entrepreneurs fall short, either ignoring their personal brand (“my work speaks for itself”) or muffing the execution. I’ve spent… [Read More]

Holiday Shopping for an Entrepreneur? Follow These Do’s and Don’ts

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Living with an entrepreneur isn’t easy. We work nights and weekends, don’t have much time for hobbies and have probably already bought the newest gadget (“I needed it for work!”). During the holiday season, these quirks become particularly challenging. Here are five do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when you’re planning holiday gifts for… [Read More]

Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone

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  We’re all inundated with meeting requests these days. It’s easy to say no to the egregious ones, like the stranger who recently emailed me to suggest that I meet with him on a specific date so I could provide him with free career coaching. But — though I know better than to ask for… [Read More]

Reframing Your Way To Happiness At Work

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  Does an overflowing inbox stress you out? You’re not alone – but according to Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, some subtle shifts in mindset can dramatically increase your happiness and productivity: “An overflowing email inbox could be a soul-draining activity, but… [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]

Maximizing Your Time While Helping Others

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The more successful you get as an entrepreneur, the more precious your time becomes. Not only are you trying to run a business and scale it, but you are also trying to have a social life. So, when aspiring entrepreneurs ask for some more of your time to “pick your brain,” you may, unfortunately, need… [Read More]

Three Ways To Become A Smarter Business Traveler

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Matt Kepnes – who blogs as “Nomadic Matt” – made his name by traveling almost continuously since 2006. Even the toughest road warriors likely haven’t spent as much time on planes, trains, boats, and buses as Kepnes. In a recent interview, he shared his tips for savvy business travelers who want to save money and… [Read More]