How to Be an Inspired Leader and Motivate Employees to Success

Attendees will hear about cultivating, inspiring, and leading the talent in your business. June 3, 2019 2 min read It’s one thing to be an ambitious person who launches the company of their dreams. It’s another thing to not only hire a great team to help you grow, but to be a truly inspiring leader who motivates your team to achieve and surpass its goals. Lucky for you, we have put together an all-star panel of powerhouse entrepreneurs who have been there, done that, and are willing to share their secrets with you. Join us for a free 60-minute webinar, How to Be an Inspired Leader and Motivate Employees to Success, presented by NetSuite. In this webinar, we’ll uncover many of the necessary traits, mindsets, and strategies managers and leaders can use to inspire greatness at their growing companies. You’ll come away with tips that will help you: Set a […]

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Many Leaders Routinely Make These 4 Mistakes — Do You?

Here are common stumbling blocks that can trip up the most business-savvy leaders and CEOs. May 27, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From 2007 to 2012, Wells Fargo went through some serious growing pains. During that time, as detailed in a case study published by Duke Law, massive fraud was occurring. Bank employees would open unrequested accounts — or convince customers to open accounts they didn’t need — in order to meet bonus goals. Evidently, some employees tried to alert management, but for whatever reason, news of the fraudulent activity never made it to the company’s CEO. It’s unclear why the message didn’t travel all the way up the chain of command. Was there not a sound protocol in place? Were the leaders of Wells Fargo simply too busy to check in with lower management? Whatever the case, the scandal blew up, and […]

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Don’t Know Much About Tech? Don’t Panic. Here Are 5 Simple Solutions to Stay Informed and Innovative.

Use these strategies to stay ahead of the tech curve — and your competition. May 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology is an integral part of the modern business world, yet surprisingly, many C-suite leaders do not fully understand how tech works or why it is so important for their company. If you find yourself in this position, it can be alarming as you see other startups launch to massive success, all powered by tech tools that you know little or nothing about. You’re not alone in this problem, a 2017 survey by Microsoft found that while 84 percent of businesses felt digital disruption would significantly affect their industry, less than half had established a tech strategy.  If you are confused by terms like “big data,” “cloud computing,” “ERM” or “CRM,” you are at serious risk of falling behind the competition. Taking steps […]

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You Can’t Be an ‘Evolutionary’ Leader Until You Tap Into This 1 Key Resource

As founder, you had the idea for your company — but that doesn’t mean your ideas alone can push your company forward. May 6, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With technology changing business at such a rapid pace, every company must evolve to survive. Unfortunately, far too many companies have embraced some changes too quickly. The result? Consider what can happen with a category like customer service. At some companies embracing technology too fast, customers must navigate email chains or a rabbit hole of phone taps just to reach a real person. Southwest Airlines, thankfully, doesn’t have this issue. Despite its size, the company has maintained a high level of customer relations while still embracing modern technology. Its “old-fashioned,” one-on-one style interactions with customers go a long way toward fostering satisfaction and loyalty. And when the airline recently updated another business category — shipping options — it maintained its personable […]

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Dave Goldberg, Entrepreneurial Inspiration and the Nicest Guy I Ever Knew

Four years after his untimely death a former colleague tells of Dave Goldberg’s last positive impact on his career and how he sees life. May 5, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I recently left SurveyMonkey after more than six wonderful years in a variety of roles, and I am embarking on a new mission to go out on my own as a growth advisor for enterprises looking to grow their organic visibility. My inspiration to take this step forward comes someone whom I looked up to as one of the most amazing business leaders I ever met: Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey’s late CEO who passed away just over four years ago in May of 2015. During my first couple of years at SurveyMonkey, I came into frequent contact with Dave because Dave believed in staying close to his team. I attended a meeting with […]

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‘Avengers’ Star Zoe Saldana Not Only Battles Bad Guys Onscreen — She’s Also Fighting the Lack of Diversity in Media

The blockbuster actress champions untold stories through BESE, a digital media platform that she founded. Zoe Saldana is frequently seen on the big screen saving the fate of the universe in major franchises like Star Trek, Avatar and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But last year she stepped into an entirely new role as the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of BESE, a digital media platform dedicated to fighting the lack of diversity in mainstream media and creating a space for untold stories, particularly for Latinx youth. This month, Saldana is joining forces with Chivas Venture as a judge for the Chivas Venture Global Final competition at the TNW Conference in Amsterdam. Saldana and her fellow judges will hear pitches from 20 social entrepreneurs and ultimately award $1 million divided among 5 winners. Saldana shared her takeaways from her first year in business, stressing the importance of using your voice to help […]

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This CEO Breaks Down Why Working for Yourself Is Just as Great as You’d Hope

This entrepreneur has the freedom to do what she wants, how she wants. April 24, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Business Rockstars talks with Jen Proctor, the CEO of Cultivated Entertainment. The CEO knew from a young age that she wanted to work in some capacity in entertainment, but she says one of the most rewarding parts of being an entrepreneur is being able to make decisions and do things whenever she wants rather than constantly working under another person.  Click the vide to hear more from Business Rockstars’s discussion with Jen Proctor. Related: How These Women CEOs Raise Money in Rooms Full of Men Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital […]

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This Leader Says That 4 Words Changed His Life

April 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chief Executive Officer for More Love Media Adam Markel shares his thoughts on an experience that changed his outlook on leadership forever, which also served as the inspiration for his TEDx speech, DOING THIS for 10 Seconds Can Change Your Life! Markel and host David Meltzer, both members of the Transformational Leadership Council, discuss the difference between presence and pretense, how transparency has become a currency and why leaders need to posess a willingness to risk everything in order to get the job done. The pair also provide insights on the difficulties in achieving balance as a leader, and Adam covers his tendency to focus on priority management instead of time management. Related: How These 2 Best Friends Have Scaled Their Fitness Brand Together Read_More Related posts: Become a Respected, Successful Leader in 2019 With This $29 Course 5 Surefire Ways to […]

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These 5 Skills Are Critical for Success and Career Advancement

People skills play a huge role in your success. March 30, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There comes a point in your career development where advancement is no longer purely about becoming a technical expert. You’ll hit a crossroads where pursuing career goals that you want now requires you to play a different game strategy in your career version of Game of Thrones. Technical professional development should always be on your radar. However, you’ll find higher levels of workplace success will come to a standstill if you lack skills to find and build alliances with those who can help you get to where you want to go. These critical people skills won’t just earn you the right to sit at any table; they’ll give you license to steer your career successfully and more easily in any direction you want it to go. Related: […]

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The Rules for Leading a Navy SEAL Team Are the Same as Leading a Startup. I Know, I’ve Done Both.

Alden Mills, creator of Perfect Pushup and former military commander, outlines the mindset and tactics for success. March 25, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re leading a Navy SEAL team or a startup, the leadership principles are exactly the same. You might balk at that statement and say, “Hey wait a minute, startups don’t risk their lives like SEALs do!” True, but figuratively speaking, the startup’s “life” — this fragile little idea of a company — lives on the actions of its leaders. Though you might not be getting shot at in an entrepreneurial enterprise, make no mistake, there are competitors out there actively attempting to squash your dream. Many entrepreneurs get lulled into a mindset of leadership complacency because they convince themselves that all they need is their “first to market world’s best idea” to win on the business battlefield. Related: Sun […]

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10 Popular Myths About Leadership and How to Overcome Them

Leadership is bestowed on whoever is willing to make decisions and take responsibility for the consequences. March 19, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Close your eyes for a second and conjure-up a mental image of a leader. What do you see? Do you picture a politician, CEO or military leader? It’s easy to see why these type of images come to someone’s mind. Leaders are often viewed as someone who is decisive, smart and outgoing. In some cases, leaders may appear just a little bit intimidating. The problem with an image that suggests an aggressive persona of authority is that it can prevent some potentially strong leaders from pursuing leadership roles or reaching their full potential. It’s easy to misconstrue and have a misconception of what a leader is and isn’t. With that in mind, let’s identify 10 of the most popular myth about leadership […]

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25 Ways to Lead, Inspire and Motivate Your Team to Greatness

Sitting back and focusing only on your personal goals will not benefit your team or help your brand grow. March 18, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You are only as good as your team. It is your job as a leader to set the bar, inspire, and motivate your team to reach greatness. Sitting back and focusing only on your personal goals will not benefit your team or help your brand grow. Here are 25 ways to steer your team to greatness.   Read_More Related posts: 6 Ways Emotionally Attuned Leaders Motivate Team Members 5 TED Talks by Powerful Women Leaders That Inspire and Motivate Inspire Your Team by Living This One Leadership Principle From the U.S. Marines Engage and Inspire Your Team by Talking to Them Outside of Formal Settings 3 Ways Authentic Leaders Inspire and Retain Employees Become a More Effective […]

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Leadership and Legacy Lessons From Former Intuit CEO Brad Smith

People who demand excellence don’t get it nearly as often as people who inspire it. March 1, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ask anyone working at Intuit and they will tell you that former Intuit CEO Brad Smith is the type of person you feel lucky to know and call a friend. After 11 years as CEO, Smith handed over the job to Executive V.P. Sasan Goodarzi on January 1 of this year. Smith’s tenure at Intuit has been legendary. During his time as CEO, he helped transform Intuit from a product company to a platform company selling services in the cloud, taking its market cap to nearly $60 Billion. He did all this while creating a loving work environment and throughout the process, continuing to preserve who he is as a leader. A recent article was written by Cassie Divine, VP of […]

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10 Timeless Business Lessons I Learned During My 7-Year Agency Career (And Why I Sold Mine)

Matt Gartland, CFO and COO at SPI, shares 10 timeless business lessons, from the importance of your people and culture to why ideas alone don’t make a business. Matt Gartland February 25, 2019 By: Matthew Gartland, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at SPI. If you haven’t heard the news, something special is happening here at SPI. The team has officially forged as one. We’re upping our game with smarter and bigger plans for the future of SPI. (Hello, FlynnCon1!) And all of us as the collective “Team Flynn” community are invited to have a louder voice than ever to help empower entrepreneurs from all walks of life to create a lasting impact with their work. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to press start on this new chapter! As Semisonic made famous during my youth, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Ends are bittersweet. This […]

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4 Daily Leadership Habits That Most Benefit Your Team

Create opportunities for your people to grow, learn and self-improve. February 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Creating a long-lasting positive impact on your team will not come from random rewards sprinkled here and there or quarterly team-building activities. Intelligent employees are no longer inspired by tokenism. They search for a deeper sense of fulfillment and alignment in their work, but foremost their leader. Your internal philosophy on how people should be treated drives your leadership behavior and calibrates the degree of positive impact you have on your team. In exercising strong emotional intelligence, your daily habits and behavior will reflect values of trust, encouragement, self-awareness and collaboration. Working under such principles, your people are likely to feel supported and safe, and a positive workplace culture is more likely to be sustained through the storms and sunny days alike. Here are four daily […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith on the Persistence and Passion That Drives Her as an Entrepreneur

The actress and businesswoman shares her insights about success, creative collaborations and self-care February 18, 2019 2 min read Jada Pinkett Smith has had an exciting few years. The multi-hyphenate star’s 2017 hit film Girls Trip broke records at the box office, 2018 saw the launch of her passion project, the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk  and in January, Hala, a female-led and directed coming-of-age film she executive produced garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Apple in the tech giant’s first purchase at this year’s festival.  Over the course of the 24 episodes that have been released thus far, Red Table Talk, which Pinkett Smith hosts with her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, has been dedicated to helping viewers have candid, meaningful conversations about  topics including motherhood, mental health, addiction, and forgiveness. The discussions between the three generations of women — and guests like Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Will Smith — have resonated, […]

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When Good Leaders Create Bad Results

Every decision affects employee satisfaction and performance. February 18, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ethical leadership is crucial for the success of a business. Unethical leaders ultimately end up hurting the long term success of the business for their own personal gain or for shorter term results. But a recent study out of Baylor University demonstrates, counterintuitively, that when ethical leadership isn’t handled properly, it can backfire and have surprisingly negative consequences too. The results of the study have important implications for the future of ethical leadership and good management, demonstrating that having good ethics policies isn’t enough if consideration for worker psychology isn’t properly implemented. Related: Who Will Lead the Leader? The study. The study was split into two parts, each with interesting implications on how managers should think about how ethical leadership influences employee satisfaction and performance. Study 1 The first study […]

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50 Motivational Quotes From Inspiring Women Leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Barbara Corcoran, Princess Diana and More

These trailblazers and disruptors are an inspiration to us all. February 11, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The climb to the top can be tough going for anyone. But as women, there are particular hurdles that can make the journey upward toward positions of power and influence — in myriad spheres — especially challenging.  Here, in 50 inspiring quotes, businesswomen, role models, activists, entertainers, authors and politicians share their thoughts on leadership and success — and what exactly those words mean to them.  Whether we’re forging our own paths or following in the footsteps of those who’ve gone ahead, these trailblazers, innovators, explorers and disrupters can encourage, motivate and push us to reach new heights — in business and in life.  Related: 6 Innovative Women to Watch   Read_more Related posts: 9 Princess Diana Quotes to Inspire You to Be a Better Person 20 Leadership Quotes From the World’s Most Influential Leaders […]

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3 Ways Authentic Leaders Inspire and Retain Employees

People don’t want work-fueled robots guiding their companies. February 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To be human is to err. Why is it, then, that leaders insist on pretending they’re perfect in front of their teams? People don’t want work-fueled robots guiding their companies. They would much rather work for skilled, empathetic leaders who feel passionately about their missions, make honest mistakes and learn along the way. As the newest generation to join the workforce, Generation Z values authenticity in leadership. MNI Targeted Media recently conducted a survey about what members of Gen Z prioritize. The study found that Gen Z consumers value open-mindedness, inclusivity and authenticity above other factors when choosing where to do business — both personally and professionally. The consequences of an inauthentic approach to leadership can be severe. Employees who don’t view their leaders as authentic are less engaged […]

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3 Simple Strategies for a Standout First Impression

To ensure you make the best of meeting new people, here are three simple yet powerful strategies. February 4, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In most competitive sports, getting off to a good start can mean the difference between winning and losing. Our hyper-competitive world of work is much the same. Getting off to a rough start with a new boss, colleague or client can put us at a distinct disadvantage. Of course, the optimist in us will count on a second chance to recover from what reputational harm we may have done to ourselves in that first encounter. If only it were that easy. Related: Success Begins With Cultivating the Right Attitude As a team of psychologists from the United States, Canada and Belgium discovered, negative first impressions are particularly difficult to shake, even if we do get that second chance. The research […]

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