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    1. 5 Quick Steps That Will Help You Find Your Focus

      5 Quick Steps That Will Help You Find Your Focus

      There is a quote by Stephen Covey that I love: "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. " Essentially what he's saying is that we, as entrepreneurs, need focus. In order to get where you want, in order to be who you want to be, in order to live the kind of life you want to live and lead the way you want to lead, you need to be strategic and find that focus that will make it all possible.

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      Mentions: New York California
    2. 5 Things Top Executives Will Never Do

      5 Things Top Executives Will Never Do

      Every executive has his or her own style of leadership, and every executive has learned lessons about what works best for a company. But some behaviors will never result in success, no matter how many times you repeat them. Here are five things you should never do if you want to be an effective executive today. 1. Don't react impulsively. We've all shaken our heads at CEOs who fail to confront a problem and stick their heads in the sand.

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    3. Millennials in the Workforce: They're Different Than You Think

      Millennials in the Workforce: They're Different Than You Think

      Full disclosure: I received a pre-release copy of the book 2 Billion Under 20 mentioned in this article. When it comes to the future of business in this country--generally speaking--few topics are as polarizing as millennials in the workforce. Love them, hate them...they're making a splash in a big way. Baby boomers and Generation X-ers sometimes call them lazy, entitled, or narcissistic, but the truth is millennials are simply different.

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    4. 10 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 10

      10 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 10

      Quick, name some big tech news from this week. If you think it's how Apple is dominating the smartphone market (again), think twice. Or, maybe…ten times. That's right, Microsoft Windows 10 has hit the Internets (intentional misspelling, natch) and that means you should immediately go ahead and download it onto your laptop, right?

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    5. 10 Ways You Build (Or Damage) Your Reputation Online

      10 Ways You Build (Or Damage) Your Reputation Online

      When starting your company, you know that what Google says about you is more important that what you say about yourself (see related article, "Google Is Your Home Page"). Especially as a start-up, your reputation is highly fragile and having no name is a big disadvantage especially when taking on established players.

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      Mentions: Google
    6. Do You Know The 3 Assumptions That Will Derail Your Company?

      Do You Know The 3 Assumptions That Will Derail Your Company?

      Every company has a set of business assumptions that if found to be untrue will prevent your company from moving forward. As the founder or CEO, you best have a process or tool that you can utilize to uncover then measure these truths. These can be product or customer assumptions. I have personally captained at least 25 business ideas in my career. That is not including the hundreds of startups I have advised and counseled.

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    7. 8 Website Design Improvements That Will Attract New Customers

      8 Website Design Improvements That Will Attract New Customers

      Let's face it: your company isn’t going anywhere these days without a website. And with so many competitors online, a website is no longer just a calling card, it is the first point of contact for a potential client. The way to beat your competitors is not necessarily through SEO, social referrals, or even having the best product (of course, all three help). It's also about being able to communicate your vision to the people you want to engage with clearly, uniquely, and personally.

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    8. 5 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      5 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      It's the one asset that we are all given each and every day. Yet many of us find it slips away so easily. What can you really do to make better use of your time? The solution may be easier than you think. We tend to have the mindset that we have to do more to get more, but that's not always the case. There are many different ways you can manage yourself and your time in order to approach tasks with more efficiency.

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    9. The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs Make when Implementing Business Controls

      The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs Make when Implementing Business Controls

      When you build a business versus a job, you want your team to have the authority to get tasks done without running everything past you. At the same time, the business needs to make sure that the right things are getting done, at the right time, to produce the right results. It has to ensure that resources are focused on what matters most, and that simple mistakes that should easily be avoided don't come back to bite the business. The tool to do this is called a "control".

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    10. Does It Really Take Money to Make Money?

      Does It Really Take Money to Make Money?

      It's a saying older than our grandparents. And as an entrepreneur, you've likely heard it over and over and over again. But is it really true that it takes money to make money? In a word: Yes. I believe it does take some money to launch any business venture. Most of the time, though, the upfront costs of starting a business aren't as high as entrepreneurs would expect.

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    11. How to Jump Start Your Entrepreneurial Journey

      How to Jump Start Your Entrepreneurial Journey

      “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master. How good of an entrepreneur are you? If you haven't started a business yet, then you aren't an entrepreneur at all. You're a wannabe, which describes a whopping 63% of 20-somethings, and 40% of American employees. We are surrounded by millions of people who want to be entrepreneurs, but are not. Why not? The desire is there. The skills are there. The passion is there. The dream is there. It's lost in the doing.

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      Mentions: Barack Obama
    12. The Daily Rituals of 15 Incredibly Successful People

      The Daily Rituals of 15 Incredibly Successful People

      Ever wonder what sets apart those people who achieve the most in life? What are they doing differently from everyone else? Check out these quotes from 15 business leaders about the daily habits that help them be more successful. “I am more into energy management than time management. I use my mornings to think and work on strategic issues and the late afternoon for meetings and client-building. I delegate, let go and trust in the talent I hired.

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      Mentions: San Diego Intuit MIT
    13. The Real Reason You Should Give Employees Positive Feedback

      The Real Reason You Should Give Employees Positive Feedback

      There's a really good reason you need to give your employees (or any colleague or coworker) positive feedback. It's not always to create a healthy atmosphere or to make people feel good, although those things are incredibly important. Feedback is more than a tool of direction and instruction. It's a gift you give to yourself. Let me explain.

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    14. Want a 2x Productivity Boost? End Each Day Doing This

      Want a 2x Productivity Boost? End Each Day Doing This

      There's something about the thought process we go through at the end of the day. We get a little tired and worn out, a bit reflective-and a bit overwhelmed. It's also the perfect time to evaluate what you accomplished during the day and make a plan for tomorrow. When I wrote about how you should start each day with a seven-minute morning routine a few weeks ago, many people wrote in and asked how they should end the day.

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    15. Build Your Business With Data

      Build Your Business With Data

      A lot has been written about how market research will help you achieve business success, and many of these claims are true. That connection, however, is not a simple, direct link. Collecting information about your potential market is useful only if you take the next step of analyzing the data. Data analysis yields clues about who your customers are, what they are buying and problems they face. It provides you with an insight of the benefits they are seeking.

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    16. Simply the BEST Personality Type Indicator for Hiring Anyone

      Simply the BEST Personality Type Indicator for Hiring Anyone

      A few weeks ago I argued that Time magazine's cover story about using pre-hire personality assessments was flawed. In this post, I'll prove it. To participate in the proof you need to answer these two questions and then plot yourself on the BEST Personality Indicator below. Horizontal Axis--Speed of Decision-making: Are you fast or slow when making decisions? If you're more patient and like lots of data and lots of time to decide, you're on the left.

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      Mentions: Time Magazine
    17. 4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Don't Regret Their Choices

      Entrepreneurs are individuals who bring an idea to life -- we’re creators, thinkers, innovators. And we have some help there: Multiple strategies for ways to think, interact, and implement are at our fingertips. Think what the world would be without Facebook or Uber. Related: Why Exercising Is a Higher Priority Than My Business Both of those billion-dollar companies created new industries.

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      Mentions: India China
    18. 3 of the Most Helpful Lessons I've Learned as a CEO

      3 of the Most Helpful Lessons I've Learned as a CEO

      Entrepreneur and CultureIQ are searching for the top high-performing cultures to be featured on our annual list. Think your company has what it takes? Click here to get started. I wish being a leader was straightforward. It’d be so much easier if there were a manual for how to handle every situation. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. We as leaders face all types of situations that are unique and in some instances, it becomes difficult to make the right decision.

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    19. 13 Ways You Can Immediately Be Productive in Your New Job

      13 Ways You Can Immediately Be Productive in Your New Job

      New job transitions can be tough. They require abundant energy, motivation, and perseverance. Setting realistic expectations about the roller coaster ride ahead will help you through the peaks and troughs of your transition. The following tips should help too. Before you start, stop. Fewer than 30 percent of people moving jobs take an adequate break between the time they leave one job and start the next. Don't leave your role on Friday and start your new one on Monday.

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    20. Why It's Finally Time to Close Your Google+ Account

      Why It's Finally Time to Close Your Google+ Account

      How do you elegantly shut down a service no one really uses anymore? For small business owners, that's a tough question. You can throw a sadsack party for an aging product line or come up with some fancy new replacement. For Google, the confusing mess known as Google+ has become a bit of a nightmare. First, they announced that the social network was merely being partitioned off a bit.

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      Mentions: Google Ford
    21. Want to Be Smarter, More Emotionally Intelligent, and Laugh More? Start Reading These 10 Writers Today

      Want to Be Smarter, More Emotionally Intelligent, and Laugh More? Start Reading These 10 Writers Today

      There are few pleasures in life that can top good reading. Through the written word we are informed, educated, entertained, inspired. In turn, when we read work that has that effect on us, it's natural to want to share with others. Here are 10 writers I feel have made me smarter, more emotionally intelligent, and have also provided great laughs.

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    22. The Secret to Growing Your Customer Base? Smarter Processes

      The Secret to Growing Your Customer Base? Smarter Processes

      Justin Gray is the CEO and chief marketing evangelist of LeadMD. He founded the company in 2009 with the vision of transforming traditional grassroots marketing efforts through the use of cloud-based marketing solutions. If there's one trait small businesses share, it's the need to identify and target their best customers. Wasting marketing budget and staff hours on the wrong customers is a mistake no entrepreneur can afford. That might sound obvious.

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    23. The $7 Million Startup With Zero Managers

      The $7 Million Startup With Zero Managers

      You talk about openness and transparency. But do you publicly share revenue figures and key performance indicator results? Do you publish your salary and the salaries of everyone at your company? And you’ve probably never even thought about completely doing away with managers. But one company has, and did: Buffer, the makers of a social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social media updates.

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