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Want to Build a Million-Dollar Business? Focus on Your People, Not the Money

Make money to stay in business, but don't build your business to make money

Carey Smith never graduated from business school. He’s only ever read three business books (and couldn’t tell you what they were called), and only reads business magazines when doing research on a new product. And yet, he has sold his most recent ...

by Candace Sjogren  | August 26, 2018 02:00:00
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The Holy Trinity of Business Growth: People, Process and Metrics

How do you keep your company profitable as it scales above 50 employees?

We have a client who reported to us some interesting comments heard at an industry-related seminar. A seminar presenter contended that as a business grows above the 50-employee size, it will become unprofitable until it gets above 200 employees.This happens, the presenter said, ...

by Doug and Polly White  | December 14, 2017 08:00:00
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The 7 P’s in leadership

You don't need to have them all, but a healthy dose of some can keep things manageable.

What is leadership? Who is an effective leader? The answers to both questions are relative to every organization out there –whether large or small. The truth is, there is no one set of rules that make for an effective leader: Some people ...

by Jeffrey Hayzlett  | May 09, 2016 07:00:00
Startup Tips

The bedtime routine of 4 exceptionally successful people

Get to know the bedtime routines of four of today's most successful people.

Weird fact: Mariah Carey sleeps about 15 hours a night. That’s about double the recommended minimum. The Grammy Award-winning pop siren snoozes more than half the day away for one reason and one reason only: so she can hit her ear-piercingly high ...

by Kim Lachance Shandrow  | August 12, 2015 05:00:00
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7 toxic people to avoid when starting a business

Avoiding negative people seems critical to staying smart and productive when starting a business.

Starting a business is one of the most challenging things you can do. And one of the hardest parts is that most people won't understand why you're working so hard, especially when you're not making much money to start.Related: 9 blind spots that sabotage businesses, ...

by Isaiah Hankel  | August 06, 2015 03:00:00
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4 strategies to improve how you deal with conflict

These four ways can help improve your conflict management style.

Facing conflict can be about as fun as playing in traffic—and equally as stressful. Going against the conversational grain on a topic that you’re not even passionate about can put more gray hairs on your head than you’d care to see, which is ...

by Jeff Boss  | July 11, 2015 08:00:00
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Why being likable never works

When you try to get people to like you, it never works because it's disingenuous.

by Steve Tobak  | June 28, 2015 09:00:00
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Is fear stopping you from going after what you want?

Admit what you want. Then work up the guts to go after it.

Jim Carrey is a comedy genius, the star of multi-million dollar blockbuster movies, a Golden Globe winner. Now that graduation season is upon us, have you checked out the 2014 commencement speech Carrey gave at the Maharishi University of Management?Related: 7 ways to think differently about fearThere, ...

by Sarah Vermunt  | June 27, 2015 06:00:00
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50 inspirational quotes to motivate you

Here are some inspiring words to get you through another productive day.

Great quotes can be inspirational and motivational. Here are 50 of the best inspirational quotes to motivate you:1. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! —Audrey Hepburn2. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what ...

by Travis Bradberry  | June 24, 2015 10:00:00
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Please stop saying these ridiculous phrases at work

Can you take the challenge to stop using these 'corporate euphemisms' especially at work?

At first, euphemisms surfaced in the workplace to help people deal with touchy subjects that were difficult to talk about. Before long, they morphed into corporate buzzwords that expanded and took over our vocabulary until our everyday conversations started sounding like they’re ...

by Travis Bradberry  | June 23, 2015 08:00:00
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An often-overlooked secret to success

Here are three practical tips on how you can achieve success in life and business.

In his book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini lists six principles of ethical persuasion. The first is reciprocity. “The reciprocity rule says that we should try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided us,” Cialdini states. And therein ...

by Meiko Patton  | June 08, 2015 04:00:00
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12 things successful people never reveal about themselves at work

There are things that are better left unsaid.

You can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t open up to your colleagues; but doing so is tricky, because revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career.Sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways ...

by Travis Bradberry  | June 03, 2015 10:00:00
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5 horrible traits that push people away

Do people turn the other way whenever you walk by? These could be some of the reasons.

There are certain horrible habits that some people have that simply drive others away. As the old saying goes, every person has something good to offer. But for some, it's when they leave the room. Are people happy when you walk in or overjoyed ...

by Matthew Toren  | June 01, 2015 02:00:00