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The Most Important Decisions in Our Lives Are Made in a Split Second

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / September 26, 2013

As a coach I’m constantly working on building my network while adding and exchanging value with other business professionals.  On a recent week-long business trip to Chicago I was scheduled to meet Justin at 4 PM Friday night downtown but thought I would leave Chicago a day early so I asked if we could meet Thursday night instead.  Although hesitant because he had to rearrange his schedule he…

9 Personal Expenses You Should Cut From Your Budget

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 24, 2013

Q.What’s one personal expense you’ve cut out of your budget completely to save money and not missed? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert…

11 Skills Aspiring Startup Employees Should Have

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 14, 2013

Q.What one skill do you think young people looking for startup jobs should possess? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and…

5 Tactics to Position Your Company as an Industry Leader

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding Startup Advice / August 20, 2013

A brand is more than a logo or a tagline; it’s a collection of company values, product design, customer experience, and all sorts of intangible elements that other brands try to distill and repackage. An industry-leading brand is much more; it’s a constant source of knowledge and expertise that drives the industry forward as a whole and sets the pulse for innovation and discovery. Simply put, an industry…

4 Mistakes of Managing Seasonal Interns

by / ⠀Career Advice Startup Advice / July 28, 2013

Should you hire an intern this season or forgo the concept altogether? This can be a tricky question. On one hand, seasonal interns can prove helpful in a small business setting. They can assist with non-critical tasks around the office, add young spirit into a company and cost a business owner next to nothing. On the other hand, bringing on a seasonal intern can also turn into a…

Why Good Writing Matters — and 4 Ways to Teach It to Your Team

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 26, 2013

In a time of emoticons, abbreviations, and 140 character-count replies, a three-paragraph email is the equivalent of “War and Peace.” But communication is a vital part of office life, whether you’re a lab technician sharing results or a human resources staffer announcing a new wellness program. There’s a simple way to guarantee that miscommunications happen as infrequently as possible on your team: ensure every person is a good…

8 Surefire Tips to Motivate your Team

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 22, 2013

“Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”  -Donald Trump Compared to the so-called “business tangibles” like amount of sales, investment returns, year-end targets and the like, your team’s drive, motivation, and morale…

3 Simple Steps to Developing the Leader Within

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / June 2, 2013

In the beginning of every great organization or business, is the creation or development of a great leader. Leadership is a quality that many people are born with through personality traits and natural skill sets. As a whole however, leadership is a mark that has to be intentionally developed with willingness and a determined attitude. Whether you are the head janitor, own your own lending company, or are…

Leadership Lessons From The Walking Dead

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 23, 2013

When was the last time you faced adversity? Hopefully, your office won’t be swarmed by a herd of reanimated corpses any time soon, but you and your team’s ability to face and survive adversity, from upset clients to industry melt-downs, is probably the single biggest influencer of your business’ on-going success. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is highly educational for us entrepreneurs. It’s brimmed with wonderful metaphors for business…

How to Motivate Your Team to Step into Leadership Roles

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 2, 2013

Every person who starts his own business has, at some point, had the realization that he either cannot or should not be running his business forever. Similarly, as a business grows, the strain and stress of running a burgeoning company introduces the need for employees to step up and become the company’s next leaders. Unless you are a total control freak, there’s nothing better than being able to…

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