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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The Innovators Sep 10, 2015
4 Ways to Make Your Staff Love — or, at Least, Not Loathe — Performance Reviews

For most organizations, performance reviews have become part of the furniture. Managers and staff join firms assuming that appraisals have always been there and always will be there, and they have no reason to question the existence of or need for these appraisals. Employees and managers just get on board the performance review train without a second thought. But perhaps appraisals should...

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The Innovators Sep 9, 2015
When Resources Shrink and Demands Grow, Managers Get Caught in the Middle

Last week, author, leadership expert, and Recruiter.com contributor Dr. Jesse Sostrin published a piece on our site about "leaky" talent pools. According to Dr. Sostrin, a "deep bench of emerging leaders" means nothing if your company routinely places impossible demands on the shoulders of those leaders.  These impossible demands are part of what Dr. Sostrin calls "the manager's dilemma,"...

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The Innovators Sep 8, 2015
4 Ways Employers Can Build Big Career Pathways in Small Companies

Smaller companies are not usually able to offer the highly visible, varied, and extensive career pathways enjoyed by the employees of larger organizations. In small organizations of 10-20 people, which employ nearly 20 percent of the U.S.'s working population, it's likely that there are only one or two management positions available and few (if any) opportunities to move sideways into another...

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The Innovators Sep 4, 2015
Forget Entrepreneurs — Let's Get 'Intrapreneurial'

"We live in an age of entrepreneurship and imagination," said Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan at a Google for Entrepreneurs Hangout last year. One would be a fool to argue with Sheridan on this point. Research suggests that more Americans are becoming entrepreneurs than ever before, and it often feels as if not a day goes by without some new company springing up to "disrupt" an industry...

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The Innovators Sep 3, 2015
15 Hiring Tips for Startups

Is your startup expanding? Are you looking to make a few new hires? Or maybe you're just starting out, getting ready to build your team.  Whatever the case may be, entrepreneur and recruiting expert Clinton Buelter is here with some tips to help you find -- and hire -- the best talent for your business: 1. Don't Hire Just Because Only hire because you cannot physically complete the...

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The Innovators Sep 3, 2015
6 Non-Business Books for Business Leaders

I'm a voracious reader. I read at least 150 new books each year, spanning almost every genre of nonfiction and several fiction categories. I'm never far away from my Kindle, and I rarely make it through a week without a new Amazon Prime hardcover purchase arriving at my door. Every good book contains at least one piece of advice that makes me a better entrepreneur. Although traditional...

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The Innovators Sep 1, 2015
How to Make an Easy Transition From Employee to Employer

Most people who start their own businesses must make a transition from employee to entrepreneur. There are some exceptions, such as people who are brought up in a family of business owners. For the most part, though, society trains us to be employees. This starts in school and continues as we begin to earn money with part-time and full-time jobs. When you decide to take the plunge and start...

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The Innovators Aug 28, 2015
The 5 Morning Rituals That Make Me Successful

The start of your morning sets the tone for the next 24 hours. As a businesswoman running several different companies at the same time, I've learned that mornings are a valuable opportunity to get things done before the workday officially begins. Maximize your abilities with these five morning rituals for a successful business day: 1. Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day We are creatures...

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The Innovators Aug 27, 2015
3 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

I don't have kids yet, but I think about them. And I'm already thinking about the skills they are going to need 25 years from now, in the event that they become entrepreneurs like me. But how in the world can I help them stay ahead when I don't even know what business is going to be like next week? The iPhone is only seven years old. To date, there have been over a million apps...

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The Innovators Aug 25, 2015
How Exercising Employees Builds Muscle Mass for Your Business

If, as you read this, you're slouched over in an office chair in front of a computer, with your head perched on your palm, then you're the rule, not the exception. This is how most of us spend our days at work now: seated. Unfortunately, sitting in a chair for eight hours a day is proving to be quite costly for our overall health. Evidence is starting to indicate that this seemingly...

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The Innovators Aug 24, 2015
How a Comic Book Can Teach Kids About Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship may be all the rage among certain sets of society -- and I must confess that I often feel as if 90 percent of what I write is about "entrepreneurship" -- but some sources suggest that the youngsters aren't terribly into. To me, that isn't surprising. I don't think I knew what entrepreneurship actually was until I was maybe 18. (Full disclosure: I spent most of my life...

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The Innovators Aug 24, 2015
How to Brand Yourself as a Thought Leader in 5 Easy Steps

Today's question comes from a busy professional: How do I personally brand myself as a thought leader in my field? 1. Put Yourself Out There The first steps is to simply put yourself out there. There are many opportunities to gain visibility. Offer to speak at professional organizations and conferences. Search the Internet for "calls for papers" and "calls for speakers" -- then...

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The Innovators Aug 19, 2015
How to Keep Your Turnover Rates Below 1 Percent

The average turnover rate for a healthcare organization in 2013 was 16.8 percent, and more recent reports suggest similar rates persist today. And then there's Aero Jet Medical, an air-ambulance transport company that has seen turnover rates of less than 1 percent for the past 10 years, according to CEO Danielle Wilson. Such a turnover rate is so low it's practically obscene, but Wilson,...

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The Innovators Aug 19, 2015
New York Is Driving the Next Wave of Technology Innovation

The tech energy in New York is driving a new kind of startup culture that's unique to the city. Entrepreneurs are choosing the New York City ecosystem in droves because it meets their needs in ways that Silicon Valley, Chicago, Austin, and other emerging U.S. tech hubs cannot. When I first moved here five years ago, it was hard to get someone to move to New York for a tech position. The...

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The Innovators Aug 18, 2015
10 Audiobooks to Sharpen Your Business Skills

Looking for a book to help you boost your career? Sanjay Singhal, the entrepreneur behind Audiobooks.com, shares his top 10 picks with us. 1. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds -- Carmine Gallo TED Talks are the new gold standard for compelling presentations. This book gives readers the inside scoop on what makes a great presentation, analyzing popular...

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The Innovators Aug 17, 2015
How Should You Handle an Employee Resigning at a Critical Time?

Today's question comes from a busy business owner: How would you handle an employee resigning during a critical time period? My client came to me desperately when an employee of his resigned last week with only one month notice. His resignation came very suddenly, and a little suspiciously: this employee had a lot of critical deliverables on his plate for the next two months. The...

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The Innovators Aug 14, 2015
5 Signs a Job Seeker Is Ready for the Startup World

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! This Week's Question: Working for a startup comes with its own unique challenges and rewards, and not everyone is cut out for the startup...

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The Innovators Aug 14, 2015
How to Keep the Right People at Your Company

You have an open position and a list of finalists who match your requirements. The candidates are well-versed in your company, its mission, and its products/services. They even clearly understand the drawbacks that may go along with being an employee at your organization. How do you know that the candidate you choose is going to stick around for several years to come? How do you know that...

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The Innovators Aug 13, 2015
Starting a Business: 4 Things Female Founders Should Keep in Mind

Starting a business can be daunting. I've often said that if you want to know what you're made of, there are three ways to find out: have a child, write a book, or start a business. For women in particular, there are special issues to consider before taking the plunge. Here are four key things that every woman should do and consider before she starts a business. 1. Define Success for...

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The Innovators Aug 12, 2015
6 Reasons Why Some Successful Business Owners Become Entrepreneurs

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! This Week's Question: Why did you choose entrepreneurship? The answers below are provided by members of FounderSociety, an...

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The Innovators Aug 12, 2015
Creating a Happier Company Culture

Every business has its own unique culture, and that culture defines the core values of the company and creates a set of unofficial guidelines for employees to follow. It also helps determine which discretionary behavior is acceptable, as those who comply with these guidelines will feel more comfortable in the work environment, while those who do not may choose to seek employment...

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The Innovators Aug 10, 2015
Should I Separate My Business Values From My Personal Values?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose. I am a speaker, an author, and an expert in time and project management. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable, and have time to enjoy life. At the end of the day, I transform the way you run your business into a business you love to run. Today's question comes...

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The Innovators Aug 10, 2015
5 Ways to Save on Business Travel and Make Employees Happy

In a business culture obsessed with more revenue and lower costs, we can fall into the trap of believing that more savings are always better than less. However, there's such a thing as spending too little on business travel. Road warriors know that travel is mentally and physically exhausting. When a college kid says, "I'd really love to have a job where I travel all the time," the...

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The Innovators Aug 7, 2015
How to Make Your Company Your Family

I've worked at many places, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Most described themselves as having a "family-style culture." They had happy hours, brought cake into work for birthdays, and hosted bring-your-kids-to-work days. In my mind, those activities are commonplace and loosely categorized as family-like. When my cofounders and I started Enplug, we wanted to create the...

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The Innovators Aug 6, 2015
6 Ways to Revitalize a Toxic Workplace Culture, Part 1

The "2014 Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture Report" from TINYpulse found that only 36 percent of the 200,000 survey respondents rated their organizations' company cultures as "strong." This means that, even if you look around your office and see what you believe are contented faces, there's a good chance that roughly two out of three of your workers regard your company culture as...

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The Innovators Aug 5, 2015
My Manager Is Better Than Yours! 5 Things That Make Managers Great

Things don't change in the workplace. We give things different names, but they don't change. "Employees" have become "people", "staff", and "talent". "Personnel" became "Human Resources", "Organizational Development", and "Employee Relations". "Employee Morale" became "engagement" and "happiness". The "hiring and orientation" process became "onboarding". Things don't...

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The Innovators Jul 30, 2015
5 Important Lessons in Empathetic Leadership

When a devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Sichuan, China in May 2008, my late father Dr. Rongxiang Xu was the first person to assemble a team of medical professionals and head into the disaster zone. These heroic actions didn't surprise me in the least. Dr. Xu devoted his entire life and career to helping other human beings. He made great advancements in the world of organ...

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The Innovators Jul 29, 2015
How to Protect Your Online Reputation in the Social Media Age

As an entrepreneur who has spent a lot of time building a positive and powerful online reputation for myself, I need to make sure I'm working alongside others who have done the same. Thanks to social media and Google, it's quite easy to find personal and business histories on nearly anyone -- especially if they aren't careful with their social media activity. I'm not the only...

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The Innovators Jul 29, 2015
Why You Should Be Worried If Employees Aren't Quitting Your Business

Most employers live in fear of high turnover rates -- and, in many respects, these fears are justified. Surveys suggest that as much as 51 percent of all employees in the U.S. are either actively seeking or open to finding new jobs. About 20 percent of full-time employees want to quit their jobs outright. That being said, we should not allow our fear to blind us to the benefits -- yes,...

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