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 The Woman CEO Who […]

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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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3 Hard Truths About Leadership Team Dynamics

Leaders who are responsible for keeping a team moving smoothly don’t always get along themselves. February 4, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Great companies maintain an image of unity and strength, even when the executive team doesn’t always see eye to eye. That’s easier said than done, though. Executives and leaders, at the end of the day, are still just people — people who make a lot of important decisions, of course, but who also often have wildly different ideas of what defines and drives success. Founders who want to keep their companies on the right track need to understand what drives the individuals who make up their executive team and, despite varying perspectives and opinions, determine how best to keep them all in the boat and rowing in the same direction. Use these methods to keep managers, executives and key stakeholders pulling […]

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How to Smoothly Transition Into Your New Leadership Role

When you’re entering into a new role as a leader, you can adopt a few of these tips. January 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this episode of the Mike Phillips’ series The Front, the Entrepreneur Network partner breaks down what can happen when leadership roles shift. Phillips talks about cutting through the noise — especially if others are giving you incessant demands.  However, if you find yourself in a leadership role, you should make an effort to listen attentively to those below you. The more you open your ears and mind to what others have to say, the more they will feel their opinions and their roles have value.  Click play to hear more. Related: Motivation and Discipline Are All You Need for Success Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. […]

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The CEO of Southwest Airlines Explains Why Paying Competitive Wages Keeps Efficiency High

Gary Kelly underscores how good compensation does not have to come at the expense of good operations. January 21, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars sits down to talk with Gary Kelly, the CEO of Southwest Airlines. Kelly is able to keep his costs low by pursuing a few key strategies — that includes not paying his employees extremely low wages but by carrying out business efficiently. The company is able to increase efficiencies by operating a single plane model, the Boeing 737. The company also prides itself on not delineating customers into multiple tiers; as Kelly puts it, there is “no second class.” To hear more from Gary Kelly, click the video. Related: Why Work Ethic Is the Ultimate Equalizer in Business Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. […]

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What I Learned About Leadership, as a CEO Who Became an Adoptive Parent

The parallels between the two roles taught me three great life lessons. January 7, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Here’s something intriguing I recently learned: The characteristics of being a CEO and an adoptive parent are actually strikingly similar. Both require massive amounts of energy, the ability to balance multiple priorities and the ability to work well and empathize with others. Related: Coaching and Parenting Have Similar Goals But It’s a Big Mistake to Do Them the Same Way As a married man and hard-working father of three, I had constantly juggled balancing my home life with my professional career. As the CEO of a company which now operates in 150 cities across the country, I learned long ago that parenting multiple kids can pose quite the challenge to my ongoing lessons in leadership. Then I upped that challenge: In 2017 my wife and I expanded our family through […]

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To Demonstrate Real Leadership, You Must Know How to Delegate

If your aim is to be a truly productive leader, you should aim to assign out tasks. January 7, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Brian Tracy, talks about being in a space of authority and learning how to delegate others. Delegation is particularly important when you want to show others that you are the leader.  Tracy describes many entrepreneurs as failing to know when to delegate, especially when they are enthusiastic to show they can do it all. Inevitably, this mentality can lead to burn-out, which stands in the way of efficiency.  When you delegate, you are opening yourself up to some unique benefits. Some of these include, more time to focus on important tasks, more time to involves others on your team and make them feel valuable and the ability to improve your overall well-being. Tracy […]

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4 Common Myths About Leadership That Can Hold You Back

Alignment with your values and belief systems is the foundation of becoming an effective leader. January 4, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To be a great leader in today’s world, being a brilliant knowledge expert or technician is no longer enough. Even harder is trying to learn the golden rules of the wrong and right ways to be a great leader. The amount of content spouted in countless books and resources is overwhelming let alone confusing. To be unstoppable leaders for our businesses and our people, tuning out from the noise and distractions potentially misguiding us is pertinent now more than ever. Pay attention to any presence of these four myths and make guiding your people a more soul-enriching journey that they and you will want to continue well past your leadership term’s end. Myth 1: Great leaders are highly ranked individuals. Richard Branson […]

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How Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Is Leading a Revolution in Health and Business

Business has a much broader positive impact on the world when it is based on a higher purpose. January 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For the past 40 years, Whole Foods cofounder and CEO John Mackey has been leading a movement that has changed how free markets and supermarkets serve society. Starting Whole Foods in 1980 with only 19 employees to becoming the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, Mackey has not only built a successful company but also championed a culture that is revolutionizing the way we eat while also shifting how entrepreneurs lead companies. I recently asked Mackey what is legacy meant to him. Below are three of my biggest takeaways from his answers — three ideals we can all learn from as entrepreneurs who want to not only build a profitable business but also make a positive impact on […]

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