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Negativity seemingly always bombards us in the news and in our social media timelines these days. If you want to combat this, one surefire method is to adopt a social-good strategy for your business. For many years now, companies both large and small have sought to improve the world throughcorporate social responsibility by implementing practices such as volunteerism, ethical sourcing,...
Recent research shows that 75 percent of all startups ultimately fail, many of those within the first year of their existence. Nobody likes failure, obviously, even as we recognize that there are many lessons to be learned from the experience. Still, when we’re talking about a failed startup, the cost of failure can be pretty steep — sunk costs that can’t...
When you look around these days, it’s easy to feel a little alarmed by the state of interpersonal relations. Whether at work or in our personal lives, it’s just not easy to get along with everyone. Whatever the cause, it seems many of us are having an increasingly difficult time communicating wellwith each other, and it often...
“Do as I say, not as I do” might once have worked for both parents and stern bosses, but these days leadership by demand is no longer sufficient. Modern employees want to see you in action, leading by example. When your actions actively work against the things you say (whether in direct conversation or through the creation or enforcement of...
As a business leader, one of the highest-leverage ways to accelerate your growth, knowledge, and meet new potential business connections is through networking. Meeting others offers up the chance to learn about new topics, gain unique perspectives — and can even lead to future business partners. This growth can materialize by meeting people through intros, at events, or...
Sometimes what happens in one startup hub also happens in every other startup hub. Silicon Valley companies continue to pump outdisruptive technology that’s fueling regional and national economic growth. But according to a new report, they’re also producing income inequality. A team of researchers at the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz studied federal and regional income statistics and...
Every now and then, entrepreneurs feel a little stuck and uninspired about their businesses. What they once approached with passion and excitement now evokes nothing stronger than a pronounced “Meh.” If that’s the case, then it’s time to stoke the fires. You’re not ready to give up on your business yet, so it’s time to do something about this...
“Let’s grab coffee sometime!” It’s one of the most common things I hear when someone wants to catch up, network or do business. It tends to follow a rote agenda as if it were any other business meeting, and the conversation sometimes stays a bit on the superficial side. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not...
Businesses have long recognized the benefits of paper reduction, including environmental benefits and significant cost savings. But even the most conscientious company probably has quite a few pages landing on the office printer every day. It can seem like an unavoidable part of getting work done. Even a small amount of paper waste can take its...
Coupons and exclusive discounts have long been a way to win customers. Everyone likes a deal, especially when that deal feels as though it is only available to a small portion of the buying audience. When executed the right way, discounts can incentivize customers to try out a new business or look at a known business’s latest...
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