5 Leadership Conferences You Can’t Afford to Miss in 2020

To become the sort of person you’d want to follow, you need to listen to others who’ve already made it there. December 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As 2020 nears, so do new opportunities to become a better entrepreneur. Although sales, marketing and HR are important, there’s one domain that unites the rest: leadership. Leadership is one of those things that can’t be learned in a book. To become the sort of person you’d want to follow, you need to listen to other leaders. Reflecting on their lessons and implementing those ideas in your own operations increases the chances of success — for both you and your teammates. The question: Where can you look to find leaders who inspire you? Leadership Conferences to Check Out While talented entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, leadership conferences let you gather ideas from dozens of them […]

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How to Keep Your Top Talent From Heading Out the Door

Keep the good in by following three easy steps. December 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Talented employees are like wine — their value increases with age. Repeatedly losing them to other companies is a bad sign with all sorts of unpleasant implications. It may be that they’re simply ready to move on, but if you wait till they leave to discover the particulars, you’ve robbed yourself of two things. The first, obviously, is that you’ve lost a valuable team member. The second is that identifying the source of their unhappiness often means improving your company as a whole. It isn’t always easy to hear why a beloved employee has fallen out of love with their job, but burying your head in the sand will only ensure that their replacement eventually experiences the same disillusionment. That’s why I’ve identified three key steps to retaining […]

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How Apprenticeships Can Benefit Your Company’s Bottom Line

Training entry-level workers is a rare win-win for workers and their employers. December 3, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A recent report by McKinsey found that approximately 14.7 million U.S. workers under may face job displacement due to automation by 2030. Younger folks entering the workforce have traditionally turned to jobs in retail and food service, and both of these sectors are due to turn toward automation to replace human employees. That means a significant portion of the population will be out of a job. While apprenticeships are already well known as a job-training opportunity for electricians and others with skilled trades, they can also be a solid alternative to technical college or other classroom instruction. Apprenticeships not only benefit employees in a changing world, but also can be beneficial for companies. Here are a few reasons why small business owners should leverage apprenticeship training to help their […]

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How to Say No to a Deal the Right Way

There is a method to turning down potential partnerships without jeopardizing your relationships. December 2, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just a few weeks ago, I was standing outside of San Francisco’s Ferry Building in the pouring rain on the phone. Torrential rain in San Francisco is unusual for October, which is normally considered the city’s ostnesible summer. But in this case, it contributed to a sense of evil foreboding, as what I expected to be a friendly and collegial call quickly took a nasty turn.   “We thought about this overnight, and we are not a good partner for you,” said the individual on the phone, a potential business partner.  This shocked me. You see, over the past few months, I had developed what I thought was a genuinely friendly relationship with this individual; always responding to texts, calling early mornings and on weekends. He […]

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How to Conduct Employee Performance Reviews That Reduce Stress

Too many leaders limit the potential of an effective assessment. November 26, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’ve likely conducted many performance reviews and been the subject of many more. How much time do you put into your employees’s performance reviews? Do you consider the process merely a formality? As a leader, your team’s success depends on an effective performance-review process. The key is to put employees in charge of their performance reviews and destiny. When your team members don’t feel that they have control over their situations, it causes what’s called situational stress. It’s the same feeling we feel when confronted by danger, like a house fire, and it triggers a fight-or-flight response. The amygdala, a group of neurons in your brain, sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus, the brain’s command center. The brain senses danger and activates the sympathetic nervous system. Adrenaline, cortisol and […]

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How This Lifestyle Brand President Grew Into Her Leadership Role

The adjustment from a junior title to a top role did not come without growing pains. November 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Julia Hunter, the president of lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne. After spending a few years in investment banking, Hunter knew she wanted to go into something more creative and product-driven.  Jenni Kayne is a California lifestyle brand trying to bring a note of calm and concentrate on living well while working and living as a busy mom. It originally started as a blog, which included a diverse number of lifestyle categorie. Jenni Kayne’s aesthetic and mission is translated both in the design of its retail stores and its various social media channels.  Hunter admits that the initial transition to company president was a difficult move but breaks down how she eased into the role.  […]

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1-on-1 Meetings Are the Key to Great Leadership. Here’s How to Do Them Right.

As a leader, you need to take time to focus on your employees’s development and needs. November 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Managers have to do many things to become the leader their teams deserve. But they’re often skipping the very practice that could make the most impact. Contrary to popular belief, leaders can’t make someone highly-engaged. But they can create the conditions for high engagement, in which people choose to bring their best. And the most effective and overlooked way to do that is holding regular 1-on-1s with their direct reports. Related: 5 Ways to Train Yourself to Be a Great Leader These 1-on-1s create the conditions for engagement by communicating to employees on a consistent basis, “I care about you. I have a vested interest in you and your success.” But if 1-on-1s are such a valuable tool, why don’t more managers hold them […]

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3 Hiring Challenges Leaders Must Overcome to Build a Successful Team

Don’t let geography or adaptation get in your way. November 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You need a successful team to create a successful product, and a successful team achieves its goals at a high level without constantly feeling stressed, swamped or unhappy within its work environment. There should be an emphasis on productivity, but it doesn’t have to come from a boss yelling at people or forcing them to work overtime. Instead, success and productivity should be byproducts of putting the right people together in the right environment. If you’ve ever worked on an effective team, you know there’s something different about how it operates, something intangible that keeps people motivated but composed, happy but focused.  But a great team doesn’t build itself. It’s a direct reflection of your hiring practices and your leadership’s ability to foster a strong company culture. These are the three biggest […]

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That Cute Job Listing Might Be a Threat to Your Business

Why entrepreneurs should prize accurate over clever when it’s time to hire. November 14, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, you’re as likely to see a job listing for a “product ninja” or a “sales rock star” as you are for a cut-and-dried position like human resources manager or marketing associate. Part of this is a reflection of the more casual, flexible nature of work today. Soft skills are extremely valuable in the information economy, as is the ability for workers to step up and take on a variety of different responsibilities at work.  Plus, attention is valuable, even the attention of job seekers, and there’s no quicker way to get attention than to make it seem as if the job you’re advertising isn’t like other jobs. But this trend is playing right into the hands of a significant risk to employers […]

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Quotes on New Beginnings From History’s Greatest Leaders

Everyone from MLK to Joan of Arc can help light your path to a fresh start. November 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re building a new business or facing a major change in your life, beginnings can be intimidating. Starting over or starting something new often leads to feelings of fear and self-doubt. Taking a risk is usually not easy, but it’s often part of new beginnings.  But you don’t have to dread beginnings. Starting something new brings new opportunities and it can be empowering. You’ll probably learn important lessons about yourself. And your new beginning may just be the start of something exciting and life-changing.  If you’re feeling uncertain about a new business or project, then these quotes from some of history’s most notable leaders may reassure you or change your mind. The following words come from philosophers, business owners […]

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The 1 Thing You Must Control to Be Successful

Managing emotions can mean the difference between flourishing and floundering. November 8, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want to be successful in your career, it’s important to learn to control your emotions so your emotions don’t control you.  Listen, we’re all human. Emotions will naturally come up in the course of day-to-day life. While we may not be able to control what emotions we feel, we are able to control what we do with these emotions. It’s all about the right mindset. Once you begin to observe your emotions, you’ll be better able to separate yourself from making decisions based on them. When you’re no longer ruled by emotions, you can make much more intelligent and well thought-out decisions at work.  Here are some of the ways that controlling your emotions can lead to success. Professionalism The process of controlling your […]

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How Much Influence Do You Have?

Self-awareness and adaptability are among the essential traits in building trust. November 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Influence comes from how others experience you. Their perceptions of your trustworthiness, credibility, confidence, knowledge, authenticity and passion stem from how they see you in day-to-day interactions, not just high-stakes situations. If people consistently have a positive experience with you, they are likely to take your recommendations and act on what you have to say. Conversely, consider what happens when people don’t perceive you in a positive light. If prospective customers believe you lack confidence in your product or service, they likely won’t buy from you. If listeners doubt your trustworthiness because you fail to make eye contact when speaking, they likely won’t take your advice. If your team questions whether you authentically care about their work-related challenges, they probably won’t follow you. The popular […]

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Steve Kerr Explained How Michael Jordan Scared All His Teammates Into Being Better Basketball Players

The head Golden State Warriors coach discusses some of the leadership styles he’s come in contact with on a recent podcast. November 7, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Michael Jordan’s intensity and competitiveness were so high that it made players “scared to death” of him, according to Steve Kerr. Kerr was on Bill Simmons’ “Book of Basketball” podcast and discussed the various leadership styles he encountered during his time in the NBA. Kerr said he found it “fascinating” to play with Jordan because of his unique leadership style and compared him with Tim Duncan, a much more low-key, genial teammate. “It was a lot easier to play with Tim Duncan,” Kerr said on the podcast. He recalled telling the San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after winning the championship in 2003 that “the difference between Michael and Tim is you always felt like you were playing with Tim, and there […]

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How to Get Out of the Comparison Trap

It’s time to stop worrying about what other businesses are up to. November 6, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “His business has grown so fast, he is so lucky. How did he do that?” “They always look so happy together.” “She has the best abs, I can never get there.” Have one or all of these comments crossed your mind lately? Chances are, yes. And if so, you are living in an unfortunate state of comparisonitis, i.e. the never-ending cycle of looking at your achievements (or lack of) next to someone else’s. What does all this comparing do? Well, it leaves you unfulfilled, unhappy and unsatisfied. It can make you feel miserable about your life and exhausted from constantly trying to live up to an image or ideal that likely isn’t even real.   When it comes to building a business, comparing yourself to others is […]

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3 Leadership Lessons Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani Wished He Knew Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Viviani shares bits of leadership wisdom gleaned from a lifetime building a culinary empire. November 4, 2019 4 min read You might recognize Fabio Viviani from Bravo TV’s Top Chef or Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. Or, maybe you know him from appearances on shows like Good Morning America or The Rachael Ray Show. Perhaps you subscribe to his popular YouTube show, Fabio’s Kitchen, or have seen his face on one of the cookbooks he has written. No doubt, Viviani is a busy entrepreneur. Through his business, Fabio Viviani Hospitality, Viviani has created a growing culinary empire with 34 restaurants in locations around the U.S. His passion for food started as a boy growing up in Florence, Italy, where he worked nights in a local bakery and later in various restaurant jobs. After training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at top hospitality schools and working with highly regarded chefs, Viviani realized […]

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How to Give Creativity a Voice in the Workplace

Tips for both leaders and employees. October 28, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Today’s organizations spend considerable time and energy selecting and recruiting creative talent. And rightly so. Creative employees help their organizations survive and remain relevant in an ever-changing global environment. But no matter how creative an organization’s workforce might be, if employees are unwilling to speak up and express their innovative ideas to the organization’s leaders, than creativity will be but an untapped resource. Luckily, there are steps both leaders and employees can take to ensure the creativity present in an organization sees the light of day, and they revolve around enhancing an important part of the creative process: employee voice, or the expression of novel ideas and changes intended to improve the work environment. The first set of suggestions are geared toward those who have arguably the strongest influence over […]

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This Franchisor Leans on His Experience In the Military to Lead His Team

As the director of operations for Dogtopia, Air Force Vet Jeff Farnell knows it’s all about people. October 24, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Jeff Farnell loves to lead. It’s a skill he learned and cultivated as a young man in the Air Force, but he didn’t realize just how much he loved to build teams and motivate people until he exited the military, got a job in satellite communications — and hated every minute of it. To refresh his nascent career, he pivoted to the restaurant industry and eventually landed in franchising, where a strong, communicative team is necessary for success. Now, as the director of operations for Dogtopia — a dog daycare, boarding, and spa franchise — he oversees more than 100 locations throughout North America and helps create a sense of community among the far-flung franchisees, […]

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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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