As the late Stephen Covey taught in his runaway bestseller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, cultivating good habits is essential to an entrepreneur’s success. New habits are hard to master, but learning how we turn intention into reality can make the process much easier.
“The biggest problem is that we rely too much on willpower alone,” says Heidi Grant Halvorson, psychologist and author of Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals (Hudson Street Press, 2010). “Wanting something isn’t enough.”
No office is a monoculture. Here’s how to bring together the personalities that will make your business thrive.
Assembling your team is like putting together a puzzle. To succeed, you need to find the proper combination of complementary talents.
A desire to change the world, think creatively, and to work in a culture of innovation, are all reasons people pursue careers in startups over big companies. America’s best and brightest are no longer seeking the corner office–instead, they’re offering up their talents to technology companies in the hope of building something better.
Too many CEOs and other leaders today are uncertain about their role in executing strategy. Too often they relegate this and miss an important opportunity to perform the role of Chief ExecutionOfficer. Unlike a traditional CEO, the Chief Execution Officer gets involved in the details of strategy execution by: translating the strategy into measurable objectives, sharing the story of the strategy with internal and external audiences, establishing a feedback system, and by aligning the reward and recognition system with strategy.
Take these cues from a digital-user-experience expert about how to stop depending on–and wasting your time using–email.
The average U.S. professional spends half her working day on email. She’s constantly tethered to her smartphone, responding to short bursts of communication, and creating email overload.
As an expert in digital-user experience, I have whittled down a list of email best practices that can help you and your team start a revolution, reduce dependence on email, and stop wasting time–today.
The old distinctions between leaders and followers are gone. Great followers follow by leading.
Here’s 11 ways to make sure you do just that.
In 1982 I left a great job at MTV: Music Television for what is now the A&E Network for one reason: to work for Jim Collins. A highly successful executive, Collins poured wisdom into my head by the bucket while keeping me in stitches with his big-hearted Irish sense of humor. One day he said:
“Remember Augie, everybody got a boss. The vice president reports to the president and the president reports to the CEO. The CEO reports to the chairman of the board and the chairman reports to his wife. All God’s children got a boss. If you want to be a great leader you must also be a great follower.”
And it’s nearly impossible for an Internet company. It may take awhile, but when it looks like the innovation is gone and the geeks in Silicon Valley declare you are done, they’re usually right.
The two most impressive tech turnarounds in the last two decades have been at International Business Machines Corp. and Apple Inc., AAPL -0.06% AAPL -0.06% both previously known mostly as computer makers.
The darkest days of the Great Recession are over, so we are told, but I’m finding that sales have increased only slightly for some small-business owners, while revenue remains deeply depressed for many. While some customers are loosening up their wallets a little, it is clear purchasing habits have changed.