25 Leadership Lessons Your Business Can't Live Without

When it comes to running a business, you may find yourself learning about skills you never thought you would need. One of those skills is leadership. The reality is that running a business de facto puts you in a leadership position, even if right now your only employee is you. This […]

A few months ago, I felt a lot of pressure from the outside world to raise my coaching prices. Many factors played into this choice. On a weekly basis, I had life-coach friends and best-selling author buddies tell me I was undervaluing myself and should raise my prices. I was […]

Recently, Acceleration Partners ranked number five on the list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women (thanks to Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine). When that happened, I took a second to consider what a best workplace for men would look like. Craft beer on tap, break room TV playing ESPN, […]

Mark can’t help but whistle a little as he waits for his top-performing employee, Josh, to come into his office. Although Josh has only been with the company 18 months, he’s already come up with several productive ideas that made a big impact on the company’s success. Mark knows there are […]

It’s the official start of the holiday season. Employers and their employees are excited and, reasonably so. Productivity is dipping just a bit. As the end of the year approaches, the focus drifts slightly from work. During the holidays employees need well-deserved family time, but the last few weeks of the year […]

An “elevator” leader takes you to heights you would not reach on your own. A leader is truly impactful only when both the individual and team achieves more than they would have without his or her guidance. “Elevators” are one of those rare breeds that not only see productivity beyond the expected; they also […]

Whether your business is just starting out or you are trying to take it to the next level, having a board can help. Whether your board has formal fiduciary responsibilities to stockholders through directorship or is structured as an advisory board, you need to know how you utilize these advisors. […]

If you’re in charge of a company with an expanding client base and quick financial growth, it can be easy to forget one key factor of your company’s success — your employees. No matter how big your brand becomes, your company is nothing without the people who make it run. While […]

Recently, a friend of mine wrote a book about how she’s always longed to go to Paris but finally resigned herself to the fact that she won’t. And she’s okay with that. Because Paris, for my friend, is not something out there — it’s what’s right in front of her. She’s given […]


4 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Leave for New Opportunities

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Register here for exclusive pricing, available only for a limited time. Meet Mary. She’s a motivated, hardworking employee. Mary’s been with her current company for more than […]

After over a decade of handling PR and marketing efforts for different brands in entertainment, advertising and tech, I’ve seen every variety of “thought leader” and corporate representative you can imagine. From Jobs to Branson, there’s a diversity of examples the public draws on when imagining corporate leaders and spokespeople. […]


A New Film Explores How Mother Teresa Handled Adversity

As a business owner, holding on to your conviction can be tough. For a nun departing from the ancient ways, it may be even tougher. In one compelling scene in the new film The Letters, directed by William Riead, a twenty-something Mother Teresa is pictured stooping over the festering body […]


Jessica Alba: Listen to Criticism But Defend Your Vision at All Costs

Four years into running nontoxic household product seller The Honest Company, actress and company cofounder Jessica Alba says a key lesson she’s learned is that entrepreneurs should trust their gut. “Don’t let anyone discourage you and see your idea through to the finish line — and try to stay as […]


Who Says Science Degrees Pay Better?

Humanities degrees have been the source of much parental hand-wringing. Sure, there’s inherent value in pondering the deep questions of life in a philosophy class or delving into great works of literature for an English degree, but in today’s tight job market, will your kid ever get a decent paying […]


Want to Lead a Truly Exceptional Life? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do These Things

(Quick note: If you find this article interesting, be sure to check out the post that started it all: “Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This.”) Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur several times over, most notably for Marquis Jet, which he sold to Berkshire Hathaway, […]


Why Great Ideas Have to Die (Sometimes)

Why, oh why, did it have to die? That has been the lament of sports and pop culture fans all over the U.S. since last last week, when ESPN revealed it was suspending the publication of Grantland, a site whose stories were deftly devoted to those subjects. In a statement, […]


10+ Books That Boost Leaders’ Creativity, Care & Cultural Knowledge

In the book Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives (McGraw-Hill), I invite readers to take an inside out approach to leadership and cultural optimization. People often think that leadership and culture are all about skills and what we do, but speaking even […]


3 Simple Ways to Ensure That You’re on Time to Every Meeting

This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice. As the person who’s always early to everything, I’ve perfected the art of killing time. I’ve also perfected the art of standing awkwardly in a building lobby because I’m a half-hour early […]


How Marissa Mayer, Mark Cuban, and Other Top Business Executives Spent Their Mid-Twenties

Some of the most accomplished people prove that no two paths to success are alike. While the Steve Jobses and Richard Bransons were already dominating the business world at 25, others took a little longer to hit their stride and saw their mid-20s as transformative years. Here’s what 12 of […]

Being a successful leader takes incredible dedication and passion. Some people have a natural ability to lead, but it certainly takes more than charm to excel at it. After you’ve assembled a team that’s ready to follow you, it’s important that you be the best leader you can be. Finding […]


8 Morning Habits That Make an Employee More Valuable

Valuable employees are hard to find. At a bare minimum it’s challenging to find enough employees who can show up on time and get along with other people. A 2015 survey of business leaders from the New York Fed showed that 42 percent of employers have trouble finding punctual workers […]


This Is the Key to Building Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, describes a person’s ability to recognize his or her own and other people’s emotions, to understand the powerful effect of these emotions, and to use that information to guide thinking and behavior. Since it helps you to better understand yourself–and others–EQ greatly increases your […]


6 Uncommon Personality Traits of Highly Successful People

On the surface, the most successful entrepreneurs seem to be the same as everyone else. But look closely and you’ll see that in a few key ways they are very different — and so is the way they start and run their businesses. Here’s a guest post from Ryan Robinson, […]


The 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Manage Like Tiger Woods

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. Once he was burning bright. Now Tiger Woods can’t even put his back into it, as it’s just been operated on for the second time in a few months. Woods was […]