People who want to learn to lead shouldn’t necessarily read leadership and management books, writes Andrew Waitman. Many self-appointed business gurus learned the wrong lessons from successes and failures, meaning their advice is either worthless or harmful. “You can modestly improve your odds by learning to avoid obvious mistakes; but you can also become confused [...]
Despite their concerns about the current economic environment, the majority of Hispanic small business owners (64 percent) are optimistic about their business in the year ahead, compared with general market business owners (40 percent), according to a new survey just released by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. The survey, which served as a barometer [...]
State your long-range goals and the milestones you will have to pass to achieve them. Then make a timetable for accomplishing specific short-term business objectives that will enable you to reach your larger goal. As an example, your long-range goal may be “to be the largest manufacturer of computer furniture in the Northeast.” First you [...]
According to Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim, it is important for entrepreneurs to learn from their mistakes and to believe in the work of their organizations. “You have to stick with one direction and keep looking ahead. It will be a lot easier to stay in one direction if you truly believe what you do,” [...]
If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc. He joined McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into one of the world’s most successful brands.
Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
Memorable Presentations Require You To T.H.I.N.K. By Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP Too many presenters say things like: “I know you can’t read this but…” “This is pretty dull stuff so I’ll try to get through it quickly.” “You may be bored by my presentation today but it is really important.” “Let me tell you a [...]
The Power of Introverts In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Our world prizes extroverts [...]
Giving Up The Driver’s Seat Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests [...]
By Moe Glenner Once again, a technology-based company has exposed to the world their classic misunderstanding of change. In Instagram’s case, the failure was two-fold: a failure in planning and an even bigger failure to communicate. In late 2012, Instagram tried to generate revenue by sharing its users’ photos. (The new policy has since been [...]
- Mobile analytics tool offers insights into the behavior of website visitors for small and medium businesses Small and medium businesses should regularly check the most important statistics behind their website. The success of marketing and advertising efforts can be measured by the number of site visitors and their perceived behavior. As a result, the [...]
Ever wonder where all those addictive infomercials originate? Like California’s Silicon Valley, the Northeast has given rise to a similar infomercial mecca stretching from New England to the Philadelphia suburbs. One infomercial agency, Concepts TV Productions in Boonton, New Jersey remains at its center. Founded by Montville, N.J., resident and Brooklyn native Collette Liantonio in [...]