The Innovators Nov 23, 2015
3 Simple Ways to Show Your Employees (or Coworkers) You Appreciate Them This Thanksgiving

It's that time of year again: With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, countless media outlets will be giving us (maybe "bombarding us with" is the better phrase) suggestions about ways we can show our coworkers and bosses that we appreciate them. At times, "giving thanks" can begin to feel less like a choice and more like a requirement. This whirlwind of "thanks" can be a bit confusing and...

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The Innovators Nov 20, 2015
7 Reasons Your Company Shouldn't Work With Freelancers

Welcome to Recruiter Q&A, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter Q&A! This Week's Question: In our travels, we've spoken to many employers who love working with freelancers. Now, however, we want to know if there are...

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The Innovators Nov 20, 2015
4 Essential Personality Traits Every Startup Employee Needs

When you're the owner of a rapidly growing startup or small business, it's really easy to get swept up in the chase for talent, becoming as obsessed with the skills shortage as the rest of the media. This can be dangerous, because the talent-shortage hysteria is largely focused on technical skills. In the panic, employers often forget about the soft, social skills that are just as important to...

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The Innovators Nov 20, 2015
5 Tips for Uniting a Multigenerational Workforce

The American workforce is more diverse than ever before. This is especially true when we consider the ages of today's workers. Four generations now sit side by side in our offices: baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z. Each generation is distinct from the others, and all four bring with them unique life experiences, expectations, and work styles that, if leveraged...

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The Innovators Nov 18, 2015
The Entrepreneur's Path Is Rarely Straightforward

I had never heard the word "entrepreneur" until I went to college in California in the '80s. As a kid, I wanted a career in international business because I spoke French and thought jobs in finance sounded cool (my father and both grandfathers were commercial bankers). The only other career I seriously considered was being an ambassador or diplomat, which also seemed like a natural way to...

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The Innovators Nov 18, 2015
The Worksheet That Will Help You Hire the Right First Employee for Your Small Business

Today's question comes from a busy professional: My business is growing, and I know I will need to hire help soon. People have suggested interns or office support – but my business relies a lot on my own skills. I have thought about partnering with or hiring someone who does essentially what I do, so I can expand based on this expertise. What skills should an individual have to...

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The Innovators Nov 13, 2015
8 Reasons to Work With Freelancers

Welcome to Recruiter Q&A, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter Q&A! This Week's Question: More and more people are becoming freelancers every day. We want to know how this trend is impacting businesses. Do you work...

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The Innovators Nov 13, 2015
6 Things I Learned About Job Satisfaction From Interviewing More Than 500 People

As full-time videographer for career exploration startup PathSource, Justin Thach has had the unique opportunity to talk with all kinds of people about their career paths, from doctors, lawyers, and CEOs to professional baseball players, animal breeders, and video game designers. Through these conversations, Thach has gleaned six crucial insights about what makes a successful and genuinely...

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The Innovators Nov 12, 2015
The Case for Calling It Quits at Noon Every Day

When it comes to wasting time in front of a computer, I'm a triple black belt. Over the last six years of working for myself, I've wasted not just hours or days in front of a computer, but months. Focus has always been a challenge for me, and I've often felt there should be a better way. I've tried accountability groups, productivity apps, and all sorts of other gimmicks for getting more...

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The Innovators Nov 9, 2015
The 4 Keys to Managing Your Contingent Workforce

A new study from Ardent Partners -- sponsored in part by vendor management system provider Fieldglass, Inc. -- has found that contingent workers account for 35 percent of the total workforce. Moreover, the "2015-2016 State of Contingent Workforce Management Report" asserts that, in the very near future, contingent workers will skyrocket to 50 percent of the total workforce. What this means is...

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The Innovators Nov 6, 2015
How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

The inherent complexity that underpins today's digital products seems to have put an end to the age of the arrogant leader with the killer instinct. In past decades, it was this person who ruled so many creative businesses. During this time, there were only a few crafts that came together to make a magazine, an ad, a film, or a product. There was time for the individual genius to conceive and...

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The Innovators Nov 5, 2015
5 Eye-Opening Questions to Ask Your Employees

"I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions." - Lou Holtz How often do we leaders overlook details in our businesses because we're too busy barking orders and not asking enough questions? My absolute favorite way to uncover new knowledge that can drive our business forward is by asking our team some important questions. Here are five of my favorites: 1. How...

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The Innovators Nov 4, 2015
Networking Tactics That Will Change the Way You Do Business

When you think about traditional networking tactics, conferences, steak dinners, and mind-numbing small talk probably come to mind. That's because all business leaders resort to these tired tactics to get noticed. But if your goal is to impress a contact, how can you expect to stand out when your networking approach blends in with the crowd? I've worked hard to build and preserve...

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The Innovators Nov 2, 2015
The 5 Keys to Building a Flexible Work Policy That Works

In a recent survey from FlexJobs and WorldatWork, 80 percent of companies said they offer flexible work arrangements to employees. This may not be surprising, given that both employees and employers can benefit from flexible work arrangements. Employees like the freedom and work-life balance of such arrangements, while employers can reap the many rewards that come with building a more...

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The Innovators Oct 29, 2015
The Morning Routines of Successful Business Leaders [Infographic]

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the way you choose to start your morning can have a knock-on effect on how the rest of your day pans out. A regular morning routine can not only help with your time management and organizational skills, but it can also have a major influence on your mood and productivity. Bearing this in mind, we have to wonder: How do some of...

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The Innovators Oct 27, 2015
How I Overcame Shyness and Became CEO of a Networking Company

Today, I'm the CEO of a career-networking mobile app, Trustly. But not too long ago, I was a very introverted person! How did I go from being a shy, quiet introvert to being the CEO of a company -- especially one based on networking with people? When I was 12, I was accepted into an entrance-exam school that serves a much larger  geographic area than my small hometown. Because I was from a...

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The Innovators Oct 27, 2015
The Lesson of The Mepps Man

I'm an angler. My earliest memories are of fishing, and there are few things I'd rather be doing than drifting in a canoe on a quiet pond casting flies for fish -- whatever species is willing to accommodate me. Even though my preference today is the fly rod, when I was a lad, my favorite fishing lure was the Mepps spinner. Made in Antigo, Wisconsin, Mepps spinners were (and still are) a pretty...

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The Innovators Oct 27, 2015
Part-Time Workers Matter, Too: 4 Tips for Engaging Hourly Workers

Current estimates suggest that around 20 and 33 percent of the workforce is composed of contingent workers (part-timers, casual workers, freelancers, etc.). This figure could reach 50 percent by 2020. This change in the makeup of the workforce results from the recent trend toward building flexible workforces. Employing contingent workers is seen as the best way to achieve this end. The...

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The Innovators Oct 23, 2015
How Small Businesses Can Benefit From the Surge in Corporate Layoffs

We take no pleasure in hearing about the decline of any firm's fortunes, nor in the subsequent layoffs that often go hand in hand with such declines. Such events are shocking and challenging for many innocent and unsuspecting workers. Sadly, CNBC reports that the number of layoffs by U.S. companies surged in September, climbing to 58,877 from 41,000 in August. But we are not going to...

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The Innovators Oct 22, 2015
8 Things Every Employer Should Know About Hiring Interns

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Most Q&As on internships are aimed at the interns themselves, but this one is geared toward the employers who may one...

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The Innovators Oct 21, 2015
Help Your Employees Manage Stress — the Business Will Thank You

We've written before about how stress harms workers. Routinely high levels of stress can lead to physical and mental health problems, career burnout, and chronic underperformance at work, among other things. But employee well-being isn't the only thing that stress can damage. High levels of stress among workers can negatively affect the overall performance of a company as well. According to...

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The Innovators Oct 21, 2015
The Power of Female Leadership: 3 Important Behaviors to Adopt

We've all read about the qualities it takes to become a great female leader: how to "lean in," what language to use in order to show an attitude of cooperation, the importance of personal flexibility, etc. In addition to these overt actions and the content of what we say, subliminal messages play an important role in leadership. Sometimes, these subliminal messages can be more powerful than...

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The Innovators Oct 20, 2015
How One Preventable Mistake Is Driving Your Employees Away

According to a recent survey from Saba and WorkplaceTrends.com, one third of U.S. workers are looking to change jobs in the next six months. A large chunk of these employees -- 41 percent -- said they're itching to make a move because they want career development opportunities that their current employers just aren't offering. "People are looking to grow, expand, and use their skill sets, and...

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The Innovators Oct 20, 2015
The Multi-Generational Workforce Isn't as Divided as You Think

As the consequences of the coming baby boomer brain drain loom on the horizon for companies across the U.S., it's more important than ever to understand the common values that unite our multi-generational workforces. By acknowledging the similarities between the generations -- rather than focusing on their differences -- leaders will be able to more effectively guide their companies to...

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The Innovators Oct 19, 2015
Who Should Get Promoted? 4 Signs of a Promotion-Ready Employee

It's vital that your firm has a healthy internal job market where opportunities are advertised and offers are made via a fair and transparent process. The alternative -- a promotion culture that is rife with favoritism and secrecy -- will demoralize employees and drive away talent. Admittedly, it can seem like a waste of time to go through an internal hiring process when we think we know who...

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The Innovators Oct 19, 2015
An Amazing Boss Reveals His Hiring Secrets

For four years, Cole Lindbergh had one of the most fun jobs you could imagine -- but it was also a pretty tough one. While overseeing the games department at the Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City, Mo., Cole managed between 125 and 145 teenagers every summer. Teenagers aren't known for being the easiest age group to manage, and Lindbergh's employees were no exception. He...

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The Innovators Oct 16, 2015
Is It Time to Let That Employee Go?

Yesterday, we shared a piece from Dr. Paul White about deciding when it's time for you to quit your job. Today, we're going to turn that topic on it's head: How does an employer know when it's time to let an employee go? Fred Mouawad, CEO of project management software company Taskworld, takes a very dynamic approach to "getting the right people in the right roles." "We don't have a set...

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The Innovators Oct 16, 2015
3 Small Employers That Win Big With Recruiting

Despite their smaller budget and teams, small businesses can still find great ways to boost their brands and stand out when it comes to recruiting. A strong brand and a strong online presence will attract quality candidates, resulting in lower turnover rates and a lower cost-per-hire. Small businesses are likely to use social media platforms to market their employer brands, as these...

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The Innovators Oct 16, 2015
5 Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits at Conferences

As a business owner, I attend my fair share of conferences throughout the year. Like airports and amusement parks, a conference often makes you feel like you have no choice but to eat the food that is offered. Often, those offerings a full of fat, calories, sodium, and sugar -- all things that you are supposed to have in small quantities. The more I've focused on my health, the more I have...

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The Innovators Oct 14, 2015
4 Fail-Proof Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your Business Day

If you've ever caught yourself snapping at loved ones or stuck between two alternatives in a business decision, you've probably experienced "entrepreneurial fatigue." Startup culture programs us to think that it takes nearly nonstop work to make it to the top. People think of sleeping pods in offices, hackathons, and endless cups of coffee. Sometimes, the pressure to always be on can...

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The Innovators Oct 13, 2015
6 Salary Negotiation Tips for Startup Owners

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Do you negotiate with prospective new hires about pay? If not, why not? And if you do, what is your approach to salary...

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The Innovators Oct 12, 2015
Forget the Apps and Techniques: If You Want to Boost Productivity, Spend Quality Time With Your Employees

In a surprising turn of events, "We're like a family here" may be more than a garbage platitude the boss feeds their team right before the latest round of budget-slashing and downsizing. Bringing family dynamics into the workplace may actually boost engagement and performance levels among employees. "True leaders apply the principles of family life to work to create a safe, nurturing...

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The Innovators Oct 9, 2015
7 Empowering Ways to Cultivate Company Success

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: How does your company breed a culture of success? The answers below are provided by members of FounderSociety, an...

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The Innovators Oct 9, 2015
5 Corporate Incentives That Can Drastically Improve Company Culture

Research from TINYpulse tells us that 64 percent of employees do not feel their businesses have strong cultures. These weak cultures are driving down morale, motivation, and engagement, ultimately leading to lower productivity. This means most employers should be taking some sort of corrective action to manage and improve their company cultures. While you'll never be able to completely control...

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The Innovators Oct 8, 2015
Why We Need to Take the 'Review' Out of 'Performance Reviews'

As you've likely heard by now, performance reviews are broken. In large part, that's because performance reviews aren't really designed with employees in mind. They're really only good for one thing: deciding to fire someone who hasn't met expectations. A lot of thought leaders have held forth on how we can fix performance reviews. Often, the suggested solution is to "have them more often."...

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The Innovators Oct 7, 2015
Everyone Is Replaceable — But a Great Team Isn't

Out of context, Rodolfo Saccoman's assertion that "everyone is replaceable" sounds like the coldest expression of cutthroat corporate politics. But Saccoman, a winning Shark Tank contestant and the founder of AdMobilize, is no arrogant tyrant. In fact, he includes himself on his list of "replaceable people"; he really does mean everyone. "I tell my team, 'Look, I am replaceable,'" Saccoman...

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The Innovators Oct 6, 2015
How to Move Beyond Annual Reviews

Annual reviews are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. A crop of the world's largest and most well-known companies, including Accenture, Microsoft, GE, Deloitte, Gap, and Adobe, have recently done away with annual performance reviews and rankings. It is estimated that 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 12 percent of Fortune 100 companies are ditching annual reviews and rankings -- up from...

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The Innovators Oct 2, 2015
Networking on the Square: How the Right Accessory Can Help You Be a Better Networker

I'm always looking to add to my bag of networking tricks. I'm not a shy person, but networking does't come easy to me, especially at larger events. I'm an introvert; I've never been comfortable in crowds, and the bigger the crowd, the more uncomfortable I become. I admire people with the guts and grace to work a room without offending or alienating everyone in their wake, but have long since...

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The Innovators Sep 29, 2015
3 Key Qualities Successful CEOs Possess

While it may sound fancy, being a CEO is not easy. As the leader of your company, you're expected to satisfy the needs and expectations of employees, customers, investors, communities, and more. To boot, you're often solely responsible for moving the company forward and propelling growth and success. Talk about pressure! As an entrepreneur myself, I know that it takes a lot of hard work,...

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The Innovators Sep 25, 2015
5 Steps for Earning Respect as a Leader

Every few days, my tech-savvy father sends me a simple reminder via text: an image, a saying, a blessing, or a piece of wisdom to remind me about what's important in life. The other day, he sent me this powerful quote from Bryant McGill: "You have to accept that you'll never be good enough for some people. Whether that is going to be your problem or theirs is up to you." This message was...

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The Innovators Sep 25, 2015
Hiring the Right Employees for Every Phase of Your Startup

Hiring the right employees is crucial to your startup's success. My company, UpCounsel, would not be where it is today if not for the unconventional, passionate, and extremely hard-working team that comes into the office each morning ready to further grow and expand this company. I'm very lucky to have such a persevering and intelligent group beside me, but "luck" was nowhere near the driving...

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The Innovators Sep 23, 2015
Thinking About Launching a New Business? Read These 7 Books First

You have what you believe to be a brilliant, unique idea for a product that has the potential to revolutionize the marketplace. While you are confident in your innovative concept, you are also debating whether or not to take the next step and launch your business. What if you quit your job and spend all your hard-earned money on a startup just to watch the business fail? Given that 50...

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The Innovators Sep 22, 2015
The Single Most Underrated Career Skill Ever Is ...

... PowerPoint. I'm not kidding! (It is a strange one, isn't it?) You probably thought it was going to something like "initiative" or "creative thinking" or "interpersonal skills," didn't you? Let me explain. I'm using "PowerPoint" as a kind of shorthand. I am not really talking about how to bullet a list or bold a word. I'm talking about something a little more. What Are...

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The Innovators Sep 18, 2015
If Your Company Is Going to Succeed Today, It Needs to Leverage Intellectual Diversity

Imagine you are sitting in a conference room. You and various other members of the company are discussing a major new marketing initiative (or any sort of business strategy or plan, really). Now, imagine that, out all the people sitting in this room with you, two stand out to you in particular: Person A is quick with their words, a loud, passionate speaker. It is clear that, whenever Person...

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The Innovators Sep 17, 2015
Who Should You Hire First at Your Startup? 6 Entrepreneurs Weigh In

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: When your startup is just getting off the ground, you need to make some careful hiring decisions. You probably don't...

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The Innovators Sep 14, 2015
5 Statistics That Prove Women Are Impacting Business at Unprecedented Levels [Infographic]

Women are shaking up the status quo and bringing more diversity to the corporate world. As leading ladies at larger corporations and startup pioneers, women are making professional strides at work. From founding businesses at 1.5 times the national average to pursuing higher education in record numbers, many women are proving to be confident risk takers and champions for the advancement of women...

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The Innovators Sep 11, 2015
Managing Global Talent: Is a Remote Team Right for Your Business?

In my role as cofounder and CEO of a company that helps businesses attract and retain remote talent in emerging markets, I often get asked about the future of work. Specifically, people ask me about best practices for managing diverse remote talent bases and whether or not it's a good thing to let employees work from home. However, there is no perfect practice, because people around the world...

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The Innovators Sep 10, 2015
5 Great Startup Events for Rookies and Gurus Alike

Taking the leap from a more structured environment to the freedom and responsibility of entrepreneurship isn't easy. When I think back to the day I made the decision to quit my job and start a business, I see that one of the things I most desperately wanted was a way to test the waters. If you're in the same state of mind, don't worry. Today, there is a bevy of "startup intensives" that can...

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