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What Will The Post-Pandemic Leader Look Like?

As the economy moves into recovery, your leadership muscles will be taxed in ways they never have been before, says Ed Hess. Here are nine skills you’d better start honing now.

12 Compelling Reasons Your Teen Should Work

Building experience, self-reliance, and important skills are among some of the best benefits many teens see from part-time work, and they're among the best reasons for teens to get an after-school job.

Assessing Growth Disconnects: Why 90 Percent Of Startups Fail

How do you prepare for the unexpected and avoid the common strategy-to-execution disconnects that stand as an obstacle between where you are and where you want to be?

The Year Of The Quitter: Seven Things To Stop Doing In 2021

Instead of making new resolutions to add (and later discard) in the new year, Steve Cook says we should be focusing on what we want to subtract.

Do Well By Doing Good

Bill Novelli, author of "Good Business" argues that one can do well - creating economic and financial success for yourself and your company or organization - by doing good.

3 Reasons The Remote Work Trend Is Here To Stay

Remote work is here to stay and will be a key differentiator for organizations who want to build the best teams with the best talent from around the world, says Hema Crockett and Jamie Jacobs, co-founders of Gig Talent.

A Message To Covidpreneurs: No, They Won’t Steal Your Idea

The chance of someone stealing your idea is so low it's almost the same percentage as the chance you will win an Oscar, insists Samuel Sanders, author of "Your Next Big Idea".

Entrepreneurial Creativity

How does one begin to navigate problem-solving as an entrepreneur? Doug Patton, author of "Conquering the Chaos of Creativity", discusses the challenges of entrepreneurial creativity.

Single Handle Every Task

By focusing clearly on your most valuable task and concentrating single-mindedly until it is 100 percent complete, you actually shape and mold your own character, argues Brian Tracy.

Here To ‘Stay’: Business Lodging Sector Finds New Life During Pandemic

Extended stays have not only established themselves as a fantastic option for safety-concerned travelers but have shown potential for profit and growth while much of the hospitality industry have been struggling. 

Putting People First Can Help You Discover What’s Possible

Ross Morel, CEO of Frogslayer - a custom software development and digital innovation firm - shares his experience of building his company around people.

Could COVID Kill Entrepreneurship? How To Make Sure It Doesn’t

What steps should small business owners take to make sure they come out on the other side of the current crisis in good shape? Andi Gray, president of Strategy Leaders highlights a few points for them to consider.

Are You Bringing Your Best Self To Work?

What does your Best Self at work look like? Edward D. Hess, author of “Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change“ highlights the seven behaviors that exemplify your Best Self.

6 Tips To Improve Time Management

By making a few small changes to how you tackle your workflow, prioritize tasks and manage your calendar, you can significantly impact your work day and ensure your time is well managed.

Evaluating The Viability Of AI In The Workplace

Leaders should deploy AI in the workplace when they feel confident that the systems reflect their organizations’ cultural beliefs, add value to the customer, employee experiences and productivity.

Gaming And Advertising: Two Divergent Worlds Converging

Recent progress in gaming technology and business models represent an unprecedented opportunity that advertisers can no longer ignore, argues Alan Ngai of Bidstack.

The Post-Pandemic Portfolio: The Asset Class New Investors Can’t Afford To Miss

It wasn’t long ago that the Airbnb home-sharing model sounded completely alien. Now, the future is that kind of flexible, and the short-term rental strategy is positioned to see a massive influx of demand in the post-COVID market.

How Remote Work Lends Itself To Reshaping The Back Office

Nobody had a plan for the entire accounts processing team to be out of the office indefinitely, muses Kim Lockett, Vice President of Customer Success and Services for Nvoicepay. She looks at how AP teams have adjusted during this period.

Family Now, Work Later: An Unconventional Approach To Happiness And Success

We are taught to believe that working hard during our “prime earning years” means we get to relax and enjoy the good life later on. That’s exactly backwards, says Steve Cook. Here’s how to shift this mindset so you can spend today enjoying your family and your life.

The Secret To Planning A Productive Day: Minimize Distractions & Create Balance

by Dylan Ogline, founder of Ogline Digital In our productivity-focused society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming every hour of your day...

Top 5 Things CMOs Will Be Expected To Manage In 2021

CMOs will have a lot on their plates in the near future. Per Ohstrom shares the top five things CMOs are expected to manage in 2021.

Three Ways To Make The 4AM Club Work For You

The benefits of an extremely early morning routine have been touted by so many self-made celebrities that the “4 AM Club” has become a part of the public vernacular. Judith Nowlin, Chief Growth Officer with Babyscripts says it's worked for her.

How Audience Testing Can Help Ensure The Success Of Your Business Name

Audience testing is a great way to see beyond your own mind and get an idea of how others respond to your ideas. This invaluable feedback can grant peace of mind and help you choose a business name with confidence, shares Grant Polachek, Director of Marketing at Squadhelp.com.
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Teach Your Kids The Value Of Money With 4 Simple Steps

James A. DeGaetano Jr., author of "The Fruitful Retirement" shares a system his developed to teach his children about the value of money.

Sustainable Commerce: 3 Ways To Reinvent Your Business

Retailers have come to realize that sustainability measures are unavoidable as they will be imposed by new regulations and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers, argues Ivan Kot, Customer Acquisition Director and IT Solution Manager at Itransition.

Why Today’s New Workers Lack Soft Skills

As youth grow into adults and start entering the workplace, basic life skills like face-to-face communication has not been in their repertoire. Warren Wright, author of "Second Wave Millennials: Tapping the Potential of America's Youth", believes this lack of soft skills is a problem.

9 Creative Meeting Ideas For Remote Teams

How do you meet the needs of your remote team members and keep them inspired and productive? Lisa Tener shares some creative remote team meeting ideas.

How COVID-19 Is Shaping The Future Of SaaS

There is little doubt that one of the biggest takeaways of COVID-19 has been the acceleration of digital transformation worldwide. David Karandish, founder and CEO of Capacity shares his thoughts.

The 5 Most Important Things A Business Leader Should Know

by Roe Patterson, CEO of Basic Energy Services and author of "Crude Blessings" I regularly get asked how I have accomplished so much at a young age....

When Your Boss Is… Your Dad: 6 Tips For Navigating Fine Line Between Personal...

Phuong Uyen Tran, author of “Competing With Giants” offers 6 tips for cultivating relationships with family in business, whether your boss is your dad, your mom, your sibling or any other relative.