11 Quotes on Kindness That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

World Kindness Day serves as a reminder that benevolence can be good business. October 21, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The business world is often portrayed as a highly competitive ecosystem in which you need to fight to get ahead. To a good extent, that’s very true. Entrepreneurs need thick skin, drive and intense focus to succeed. But it’s also important for entrepreneurs to remember the value of kindness.  With World Kindness Day coming up on November 13, take a few minutes to read these 11 quotes. They can all teach us important lessons about business, entrepreneurship and being good human beings.  1. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” — Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator and Author Businesses give you the chance to change the world and influence others. Kindness does the […]

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4 Big Benefits of Improved Employee Training

Attention to each individual’s development can mean big profits for your business. October 21, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hiring the right employees to fill roles in your organization is a vital step, but finding a qualified candidate is only part of the equation. If you want to get great results from your employees, you must provide sufficient training. Even someone who seems to have all the right credentials may not live up to expectations if you don’t give them the tools they need to succeed. From outlining company procedures and policies to helping workers improve their individual skill sets, improved training can lead to dramatic results for your bottom line. When you put in the effort, you’ll see these (and more) outstanding results. 1. A quicker pathway to productivity. Starting a job with a new company, or even changing roles within the same […]

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4 Tips for Managing Communication Among Remote, Multilingual Teams

There are many challenges to maintaining a successful telecommuting workforce, including language and culture. October 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote teams aren’t going anywhere. A study by IWG reveals that half of employees work from outside the office for half of the week. Also, a FlexJobs annual survey shows that workers across all generations want more flexible jobs. Consequently, teams now come in all shapes and sizes. They can be entirely remote, or a few employees may work in one location while all other team members work remotely across numerous countries. One thing is sure: The workforce is evolving, and companies must embrace remote employees to stay competitive. However, they must also must consider crucial and challenging factors such as varying digital tools and language and culture differences. Here are four communication tips for managing a distributed, multilingual team. Related: The Tricks and Secrets to Mastering a Remote […]

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How to Create a Health and Wellness Program to Reduce Stress

Your team’s productivity and sense of worth could depend on it. October 15, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Almost every company has some type of wellness program, but their effectiveness varies widely. In many cases, the programs are viewed as a box to be checked off, but you want more for your employees. You want to support them in a way that boosts productivity, increases engagement and decreases stress. When employees do not have access to the resources they need to manage their stress, it creates a feeling of helplessness. If this feeling continues over a long period of time, it can impair teamwork and lower levels of creativity and innovation. Helplessness erodes employees’s self-confidence, optimism and sense of belonging and causes serotonin levels to drop.  Fortunately, when you design an effective health and wellness program, you can transform your organization. Sound appealing? Here are four steps […]

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How to Take a Personal Stake in Your Employees’s Development

If you invest in the growth your company’s people, the whole truly will be greater than the sum of its parts. October 11, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Soon, 2019 will be history, and it will be time to start pursuing your goals for 2020. Your team’s success over the next several quarters will more than likely depend on your ability to help individual team members achieve their own successes. Talk with your highest performers about their long-term career goals, and identify ways that you can help these individuals move closer to them. Pinpoint the skills they need to make progress, and work together to find educational opportunities — whether that means conferences, seminars, classes or additional responsibilities at work — that they can take advantage of in the months ahead. Related: This Is How to Boost Employee Retention With Lifelong Learning Perhaps not everyone […]

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3 Ways to Learn More About Your Team and How They Work

All it takes is time, attentiveness and open ears. October 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you take the time to learn about your employees, they’ll trust you as a leader and you’ll work together more effectively. But that can be difficult to accomplish through shorter conversations or water cooler chit-chat. Plus, you might also need to get to know your team quickly in order to make necessary improvements to your company. So, let’s explore three ways to productively and efficiently learn more about your team and how they work.  1. Have your team take personality tests.  Personality tests might seem silly, but they can actually provide powerful insights. Here are three examples that could help you learn about your team members’s personalities and working styles: The 5-Minute Personality Test is a free resource that will tell you a lot your employees’s strengths and weaknesses, communication styles, greatest needs and more.  […]

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5 Mistakes Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

Align Impact CEO Jenn Kenning offers lessons to live by. October 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jenn Kenning, CEO of impact-advisory firm Align Impact, about what areas mission-driven entrepreneurs need to look out for or be aware of when building a business. With her insights in mind, here are five mistakes that fall into the “wish someone had told me earlier” category. 1. Discounting the importance of mission authenticity.  Having your mission baked into the company’s DNA is as important as driving value. While every business can have its own specific mission, it is important for all businesses to be inclusive and find a balance that accommodates those interests across stakeholders, whether that’s shareholders, customers, vendors, employees or the planet. Becoming a certified B Corp is one way to hold yourself accountable to your peers and the world. Related: The Surprising Stigma Confronting Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs 2. […]

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Something Happened in 146 BC That Significantly Affects Your Business Today

A moment in history will help your appreciate your competitors. October 4, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ll do the math for you: 146 BC was 2,165 years ago. That’s a very long time. But something happened that year that not only changed the course of human history, but also could very much change the course of your business today. Actually, it was two things. First, Rome was the dominant power on the Italian peninsula. It’s main rival in Africa was Carthage. Since 264 BC, Rome had been fighting the Carthaginian Empire — once the preeminent power in the Western Mediterranean — in what is today known as the Punic Wars. The wars made Hannibal, the fierce Carthaginian general who menaced Roman armies for decades, into a historical legend. Its battles were fought on both sea and land with the resulting deaths of hundreds of […]

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Use These 7 Tips to Get Better.

It’s not too late to make them brief, valuable and relevant to your productivity. October 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you don’t own a mug that says, “I survived another meeting that should have been an email,” someone else at your company does — and for good reason. Modern companies hold too many meetings. The more time your teams spend in conference rooms, the less time they spend selling, marketing, creating or producing. Good meetings are a necessary evil, but take away the necessity, and they become plain evil. Quit wasting time and hold better, more meaningful meetings by following these tips: 1. Automate the schedule and agenda. Instead of playing email tag, use workflow-automation tools to find a time that works best for everyone. With the right tools, you don’t have to worry about whether important players will attend or how many times you’ll […]

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The Importance of Getting Along With Others

Not much has changed from childhood playgrounds to the professional workplace. October 3, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I was very young, my mother gave me a paperweight that said, “Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.” She went on to say, “Honey, I love you but you are a bull in a china shop; you just run people over. You have to learn how to work with people.” This advice was a major influence on me for the rest of my life.  Think back to your elementary school report card and how it graded you on your ability to play well with others. Well, things haven’t changed. I believe your success in business, and particularly your success at networking, means that you need to learn how to collaborate — or in other words, play well with others. You can’t always […]

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How to Beat Stress and Build Successful Business Relationships

Three easy tips for overcoming interpersonal anxiety and and strengthening professional bonds. October 1, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How often do you consciously think about building relationships? It’s not easy, and it can be stressful. While most people often associate stress with its harmful effects, which is called distress, stress can also have a stimulating effect, which is called eustress. Eustress can be triggered when a person encounters an unfamiliar experience, like working with a new team or starting a new job. While stepping outside of your comfort zone and interacting with new people may be temporarily stressful, it can be enormously rewarding in the long run.  As a leader, you know how important it is to develop strong relationships. Are you devoting enough time to building successful relationships with customers, team members and partners? Strong relationships don’t happen overnight, but pertinent skills and practices can be learned. […]

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11 Affordable Employee-Morale Boosters

Your staff will appreciate these gestures, and they won’t break your bank. Read_More Related posts: 17 Incredible Employee Perks of Successful Companies (Infographic) As Retail Reconfigures Into Click and Mortar, a New Kind of Employee Is Born 7 Ways to Manage Employee Holiday Time Off Microsoft Pledges $500M for Affordable Housing in Seattle How Employee Advocacy Will Continue to Dominate in 2018 Enough About Employee ‘Engagement’! Focus on the Digital Employee ‘Experience’ Instead. When Is It Time to Fire an Employee? Boost Your Motivation and Morale With This Simple Trick

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How to Coach Your Boss

Even managers need managing now and then. September 30, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I am amazed at how many managers and supervisors in leadership programs I facilitate say they “don’t really know how to coach.” We know coaching works. In a survey from the International Coach Federation and Human Capital Institute, 51 percent of respondents from organizations with what they believed were strong coaching cultures reported revenue above that of their industry peer group, and 62 percent of employees in those organizations rated themselves as highly engaged. Years ago, as a young salesperson, I reported to a manager who never coached me and never worked with me, ever. How can someone be a sales manager if they don’t coach or develop their team? As former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli once said, “I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum potential.” If […]

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Navigating Your Best Leadership Path with EQ

Understanding the five components of EQ can put you on the path to being a better leader and taking your company just where you want to go. September 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Caroline Stokes’s book Elephants Before Unicorns. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Emotional intelligence, as measured in the Emotional Quotient (EQ) inventory, is composed of five categories, each with three subcategories as shown below: 1. Self-Perception Self-Regard: Respecting oneself; having confidence Self-Actualization: The pursuit of meaning, self-improvement Emotional Self-Awareness: Understanding one’s own emotions 2. Self-Expression Emotional Expression: Being able to constructively express emotions Assertiveness: Communicating feelings and beliefs in a non-offensive manner Independence: Being self-directed, free from emotional dependency 3. Interpersonal Interpersonal Relationships: Able to maintain mutually satisfying relationships Empathy: Quality of being understanding, appreciative of […]

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To Be a Great Leader, Be a Great Talent Manager

Six creative ways to build the team you need for the future. September 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Years ago, when I was a vice president in corporate America, I was meeting with one of my direct reports and wanted to discuss her career goals. She seemed very shy and hesitant at the beginning of our conversation. I asked her about her reluctance. She said, “I’ve been working for a long time, and you are the first manager I have ever worked with who asked me about my goals.” As a speaker and trainer, I meet people every week who tell me their manager has never helped them develop or grow in their career. In a fascinating new study by global leadership-consulting firm DDI, only 14 percent of CEOs say they have the talent they need to execute their business strategies. But it’s […]

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Utilize Emergency Room Triage Techniques to Make Better Business Decisions

Sometimes, good management is about deciding when not to decide. September 27, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I was a young manager, I sometimes took too long to reach a decision. I kept thinking I needed more information. Smart decisions are based on good and insightful information, right? Or was I just overly cautious, trying to avoid dealing with an unknown outcome? As I matured, I became hyper-aware of this shortcoming and resolved to make prompt decisions every time something crossed my desk, but this behavior can also force unintended consequences. How often has this happened to you? There are a million things going on, everything feels like an emergency, then someone shoots you an ultimatum demanding, “You’ve got to make a decision. Right away!” Yet, after you’ve made your pronouncement, you realize the better path was to postpone the decision — […]

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How Much Do You Need to Share Online to Be Considered “Authentic”?

It can be a fine line between making your business relatable and offering TMI. September 26, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. My client, Matt, had been given the opportunity to share his journey to success with a national business journal. This would mean great visibility for him and his growing company. Excited for the opportunity, he called me to say, “Well, I guess to be totally transparent and inspiring, I need to admit that I never graduated college.” Matt is a successful entrepreneur in the cyber security field, employing many talented professionals and pioneering cutting-edge technology almost daily. Yet, to him, authenticity meant bearing all to those who would read his story. Another client, Beth, got the diagnosis: breast cancer. As a talented mixed-media artist and professor, Beth quickly evaluated the impact this news would have on her future. Surely, this would change […]

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How to Create an Amazing Company Culture

From quality hires to quality coffee, every step counts. September 24, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By now, you’ve probably heard of 23andMe, the biotech juggernaut that’s revolutionized the DNA-testing industry. Though the company has its fair share of critics, one thing is for sure: 23andMe has experienced tremendous growth, claiming more than 10 million worldwide customers as of this writing.  A lesser-known fact is how much its employees love working there. In fact, it was named among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work for 2019. As one employee review stated: “If you love the intersection between science and tech, you won’t find anywhere else like 23andMe. People are great to work with, company culture is AMAZING, intelligent but humble, great sense of family and mission between teams, and care of both our customers and our employees.” That kind of employee feedback is priceless. It’s also not […]

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4 Data-Backed Reasons That Informed Employees Are Happy Employees

The numbers don’t lie; it’s essential to meaningful growth. September 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees are the lifeblood of any business, but are you giving your team the tools they need to succeed? Whether you are onboarding a new hire or introducing a new software program to your team, your training efforts will have a significant impact on employee output. Employee training improves productivity and offers a host of additional benefits that will directly impact your company’s bottom line. Because of this, it should never be treated as an afterthought. Rather, it should be a top priority for you and your human-resources department. That’s why we recommend the following four bits of insight and guidance. 1. Quality training creates a high-engagement culture. Employee engagement is a hot topic in today’s work world. Employees who are highly engaged are more productive and […]

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Assign These 7 Tasks to Your Virtual Assistant

Hiring a freelancer can cure your delegating woes. September 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs involves staffing and delegation. It can be hard to know when to hire full-time or put extra help in place and how to do it the right way. Small businesses and new entrepreneurs might want to consider the virtual assistant, or VA. A VA is basically an independent contractor or freelancer who performs support-staff tasks and functions, often while working from home or co-working spaces or even the neighborhood coffee shop. Working with a VA can feel awkward and confusing at first, so let’s look at seven categories of tasks that are especially suitable for delegating to this new team member. Research Most new businesses have an insatiable appetite for information. Entrepreneurs need to collect data about potential clients before a sales presentation or research new developments or products in related industries. VAs are well-positioned to take care of these research-related tasks and […]

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