27Jun

The Sabbatical That Changed My Life

FROM SCRATCH | Mayra Jimenez Jun 27, 2013 A former work addict finds that taking a little time off has transformative power. Flickr/tokyosucks As much as I’d like to boast about my ability to see the big picture, day-to-day details have long prevented me from fully observing what was happening around me. […]

27Jun

Interview Questions That Really Work

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 27, 2013 Google recently learned that overly clever questions in job interviews don’t tell you much about applicants. So what does? Try a few of these ideas. shutterstock images Google recently made headlines–but not for the usual reasons. In case you missed it: The company is giving […]

27Jun

Mommy? Drill Sergeant? What Type of Boss Are You?

START ME UP | Minda Zetlin Jun 27, 2013 Bestselling author Christine Comaford explains why the best managers have multiple personalities. shutterstock images What’s your boss personality? All of us have one, and the personality that fits you best often dictates how you deal with challenges as a manager, according to Christine […]

27Jun

Or Maybe You Just Suck

START HERE | Chris Heivly Jun 27, 2013 What I’ve learned about the best, and the worst, start-up entrepreneurs. A lot has been written lately about the Series A crunch–the phenomenon of too many seed-stage companies chasing too few real investment possibilities. I know the data supports the thesis, but it also […]

27Jun

7 Deadly Sins of Top Sales Teams

7 Deadly Sins of Top Sales Teams | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Sales and Marketing  >  Sales  >  SALES SOURCE  |  Geoffrey James Jun 27, 2013 Complex sales opportunities require the entire company to work together. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fsin_950x555_21410.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock […]

27Jun

The Cat-Herding-est Job on the Planet

GRIST | Leigh Buchanan | Inc. magazine Jun 27, 2013 Imagine every decision you make is up for discussion–among thousands of people. That’s the normal state of things for Gayle Karen Young of the Wikimedia Foundation. Gayle Karen Young may have the cat-herding-est job on the planet. Young is chief talent and culture officer […]

26Jun

4 Expert Tips for a Productive Meeting

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Meetings can be a drag–literally. Here are four tips to save time and sanity while planning your next group session. Flickr/Stephen Brashear Meetings are terrible. Aside from the logistical difficulties of getting your core team members in the same place at the same […]

26Jun

Supreme Court Ruling This Week Favors You, But Beware

Jeremy Quittner | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 For workers to have legal standing to sue, a supervisor must be involved in harassment or discrimination. iStock The current Supreme Court has made no secret of its pro-business leanings. In 2010, its Citizen’s United ruling opened the door to unlimited corporate donations to […]

26Jun

When Selling a Business, Confidentiality Is Key

BIZBUYSELL.COM | Curtis Kroeker Jun 26, 2013 Sure you’re excited about the sale. But revealing too much too soon can put the deal–and your company itself–in jeopardy shutterstock images When the time comes to sell your business, it’s easy to get excited about the hustle and bustle of the selling process–and the […]

26Jun

Study: Most U.S. Entrepreneurs Start Their Business at Home

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 When it comes to launching a small business, American entrepreneurs don’t go very far. In fact, sixty-nine percent get started at home, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fworkfromhome-full_24343.jpg" class="lightbox" title="coffeegeek/Flickr “> coffeegeek/Flickr When we think of entrepreneurs, we think […]

26Jun

What the Rulings on Gay Marriage Mean for Entrepreneurs

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jun 26, 2013 In two big-impact decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court broadly expanded gay marriage rights in the United States. What will these decisions mean for business opportunities? In a ruling at least 17 years in the making, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the […]

26Jun

Why I Won't Be Writing About Your Company

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 It’s nothing personal, I assure you. You’re just going about getting press all wrong. Here’s the best way to approach it. iStock As a reporter who covers entrepreneurship and start-ups for a well-known business publication, it’s not unusual for me to receive several hundred […]

26Jun

Fight Like Fab: 7 Steps to Dealing With Bad Press

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 When a big-time outlet published unflattering reports about Fab.com, the company fought back. And you can too. Here’s what you can learn. leweb3/Flickr You may have seen Bloomberg’s rather unflattering story about the company culture of online retailer Fab.com. The article outlined reports of […]

26Jun

Four Months After Sequester, the Economy Continues to Improve

UNDER THE WIRE | Gene Marks Jun 26, 2013 Despite all the dire predictions and gloomy forecasts, the sequester has helped the economy. Here’s why. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ffile1411259633979_27150.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> Ask any business owner how the economy is doing and you’ll probably hear, “not bad.” Especially over the past few months. […]

26Jun

The Art of Content Curation

MODERN RELATIONSHIP MARKETING | Jon Miller | Inc.com contributor Jun 26, 2013 Here’s how to create better content. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fwriter-typewriter-dark-room_pop_14053.jpg" class="lightbox" title="iStock “> iStock By now, many marketers are convinced of the value of lead nurturing–but they remain flummoxed by the task of creating content to fuel their programs. In this post, I’d like […]

26Jun

Hit the Dimmer Switch for a Creative Boost

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Research shows a dimmer room can enhance feelings of security, thus freeing your mind up to wander. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Flight-full_22999.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock images “> shutterstock images A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds dark rooms may improve creativity.  When someone […]

26Jun

A Proven 8-Step New-Hire Training Program

IN THE TRENCHES | Vanessa Merit Nornberg Jun 26, 2013 Your company–and your recruits–deserve the best preparation possible. shutterstock images In my last Inc. article, I wrote about the 10-step hiring process I use to find new employees. But I should tell you: My recruitment effort doesn’t end with the offer letter. […]

26Jun

How to Make Things Happen

THE SYNERGIST | Les McKeown Jun 26, 2013 You have the meetings, but nothing is actually getting done. Sound familiar? Here’s how to break the cycle and get back on track. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ftodo_800x600_21395.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Jayel Aheram/Flickr “> Jayel Aheram/Flickr Here’s a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their […]

26Jun

Do Your LinkedIn Connections Pass the Favor Test?

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Ask not how many people you can connect with, but why you should even bother, says Alexandra Samuel, a social media expert. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Flinkedin_950x633_21607.jpg" class="lightbox" title="sylvain kalache/Flickr “> sylvain kalache/Flickr You might be tempted to build up your LinkedIn network by adding as […]

26Jun

Gogo Wi-Fi Has Big Plans to Keep You Connected

Jill Krasny | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Working in-flight could get much easier now that the recently IPO’d company has plans for an international rollout. Shutterstock Who needs sleep, anyway? Those long-haul international flights could become a lot more productive thanks to Gogo, an Itasca, Illinois-based company that provides in-flight Internet […]

26Jun

Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time

The Build Network staff Jun 26, 2013 (By the way, it takes a year.) <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FOneCompetency_27143.jpg" class="lightbox" title="photo by Michael Kumm “> photo by Michael Kumm Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The […]

26Jun

The Art of the Filibuster: Can One Person Stop a Government?

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jun 26, 2013 It’s something we’d rarely see in business: a single person shuts down an entire organization by herself. Here are six more examples of old-style Washington filibusters. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fshutterstock_94093573_27138.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> Airlines talk about giving safety inspectors the power to keep a […]

26Jun

Warning! Encrypted Files Won't Escape NSA Scrutiny

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Even if you’re an American citizen, the NSA can peer into your files if you’re using encryption software such as Tor. Here’s what you should know. Encrypting data with Tor networks may invite more NSA attention than leaving it open, contrary to something reported earlier on […]

26Jun

Just Lost a Big Sale? Ask These 5 Questions to Find Out Why

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH | Tom Searcy Jun 26, 2013 Your company just lost out on a big deal. Now what? Don’t waste your time complaining. Here are five questions to ask to help you come out on top next time. shutterstock images I recently spoke with a CEO who participated in a very […]