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Innovation Is an Attitude

True innovation has nothing to do with your company size or industry. It's a way of thinking. Here are three ways to make sure you're on the right track. You might think that the business world is split between two camps: companies that innovate and those that don't. Show More Summary

You're No Better Than a 3-Year-Old at Reading People

A recent study finds that children and adults have a comparable ability to assess people's trustworthiness and competence based on their appearance. If you've hired a lot of people, you may think you've developed a knack for sizing people up just by looking at them. Show More Summary

The Power of Stopping for No Good Reason

Because sometimes the best reason is no reason at all. The first thing the old man said to me was, "The cows don't come by here anymore." A few years ago, I liked to ride my bike on the roads that snake along a local mountain range. The views were beautiful and there were plenty of hills to climb. Show More Summary

You've Merged With a Huge Company. Now What?

How to help your employees survive the post-acquisition commotion. "Business as usual" doesn't seem to be in my professional vocabulary these days and I'm loving it. After my company,, was acquired by The Home Depot earlier this year, my days have shifted from M&A intensity to full on integration efforts with our new partners. Show More Summary

3 Actions That Instantly Build Trust

Your door might be open, but are you? Try these trust-building actions the next time a team member needs to talk. We live in an information-rich, time-poor world, with lots of inputs coming at us in any given moment. Although it seems...Show More Summary

8 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Traveler

A veteran business traveler shares eight secrets he's learned over the years--from buying a Tom Bihn bag to carrying a spare battery. A recent survey found that Southwest Airlines had the best customer service in the airline industry, and they deserve it. Show More Summary

Now Is the Time to Pounce on a Business Deal

It's a good time to buy a business, and sell one, too. According to BizBuySell's quarterly Insights Report, small business sales remained robust, continuing the trend of a consistent, healthy business-for-sale market. Opportunities abound on either side of the table. Show More Summary

The Exit That Wasn't: How This Entrepreneur Bought His Company Back

Tony Conrad explains how--and why--he reclaimed control of from AOL a year ago. A startup founder who navigates her company through a significant exit might find herself with full pockets and an itch to get back in the game....Show More Summary

9 Ways to Be as Productive as a Navy SEAL

The best teams in the world practice specific behaviors to ensure maximum efficiency. When performing capture-or-kill missions in Iraq, we often used Humvees as insert platforms. It didn't take long to see the difficulty of getting out of a Humvee and over a six-foot wall while wearing nearly 70 pounds of gear. Show More Summary

17 Things Happy People Say Every Day

Are you as happy as you wish you were today? If not, try saying a few of these simple, inspiring things to other people. They won't just improve your mood; they'll trigger positive reactions that will legitimately make you feel happier, too. Show More Summary

It Takes All Kinds of Brains to Make a Perfect Team

If your team isn't cognitively diverse, you're missing a huge opportunity. Have you ever wondered why a team of smart, experienced people aren't performing well? It's not a lack of skills. More likely there's a breakdown in something deeper that precludes their ability to generate ideas, get things done or perform at high levels. Show More Summary

6 Things the Most Influential People on Social Media Do

How do you earn respect, stand out, and get noticed in noisy social media circles? Take a cue from the Web's biggest influencers. Influencers are among the most magical, powerful creatures in social media. Within specific niches or across...Show More Summary

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg Are Having the Wrong Debate Over Job Training

The two billionaires each have made some solid points about the utility of coding and other talent-development issues, but they're still not addressing many key concerns. I love a good debate, but former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's...Show More Summary

9 Key Things Successful Business Partners Always Do

Are you going into business with the right person? The answer was apparently no in the case of Zipcar's founders. Here's what you can learn from them. What's more important to a new venture than a great business idea? Finding the right business partners. Show More Summary

5 Ways to Lose an Investor in 5 Minutes Flat

The first five minutes of a meeting are crucial. Don't screw up. Convincing someone to part with their money in exchange for a stake in your startup is one of the most important things you can do to protect its future. Yet countless entrepreneurs sabotage themselves in the first five minutes of meeting a venture capitalist. Show More Summary

Heartbleed Proves the Password Is Dead. This Is What You Need Now

The password had its day. There is a better way to protect yourself and your business--and you need to start using it today. R.I.P., password. You were a good idea, and damned useful, in your time, but your time has passed. The Heartbleed...Show More Summary

How to Make Your Meetings Insanely Productive

One simple change to your meeting protocol will eliminate 90 percent of the time that's wasted. The time wasted in business meetings is like the weather: Everyone complains about it, but nobody ever does anything about it. Well, today we're going to change that. Show More Summary

4 Ways Your Brain Can Ruin Your Chances for Success

Everything can be going along swimmingly--and then your pesky subconscious gets in the way. Don't let these four thought patterns trip you up. The statistics for startup success can be grim. Approximately 75 percent of all startups fail, and about 90 percent of all products fail. Show More Summary

Make One Change to Increase Customer Satisfaction

Jordy Leiser, founder of StellaService, explains the one change you can make to improve your customer service.

What 3 Traits Should Your Perfect Hire Have?

With college grads flooding the market, do yourself a favor and nail down what you want in a candidate now. Here are three ideas. In the five years since we started The Grommet, my co-founder and I have interviewed every finalist for a permanent position. Show More Summary

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