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7 Meaningful Questions to Gauge Employee Happiness
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The secret is not to ask once a year if employees are happy, but to assess their likes and dislikes in a frequent, trustworthy manner with focused questions. When was the last time you read an article praising annual employee reviews? Chances are, it’s been a while. Most organizations now realize that assessments of employee […]

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How to Tell When It's Time to Put Your Pet Project to Sleep
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A few quick techniques can determine if it’s worth continuing to peddle a product or service, or whether you’re better off giving up on it. I’m a business owner with what entrepreneur and author Trevor Owens calls “one of the most difficult decisions a CEO has to make.” I need to decide whether a service […]

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4 Hidden Barriers to Success (and How to Leap Over Them)
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This isn’t about money or market timing. This is about those secret fears you have that won’t go away. Every entrepreneur and would-be entrepreneur knows about the visible barriers to success: lack of capital, fear of failure, market timing, etc. However, there are a set of internal barriers that are all the more powerful because […]

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3 Ways to Measure Bold Ideas
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In the early stages, you can’t assess radical ideas using stats like projected revenues or cost savings. Here’s how to determine which bold ideas are worth keeping. Organizations often fail to adapt potentially game-changing ideas. Typically, it’s because the internal idea-evangelists fail to convince the C-Suite that the ideas will either boost profits or cut […]

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With Angels Like These, Who Needs VCs?
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Ondot, a financial technology startup, tries to get to breakeven using only angel money. It’s not unusual for a tech startup to raise $18 million. To do it all with angel financing is pretty much unheard of. But that’s exactly what the founders of Ondot, a financial technology company that is launching today, have done. […]

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You're Never Too Old for Business School
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Here’s the inspiring story of one 62-year-old’s second act. There was a time when going back to school as a much-older student was a gag. Specifically, that time was 1986. The gag-filled film was called Back to School. It was about a successful entrepreneur, played by the one and only Rodney Dangerfield, returning to college […]

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Facebook's New Secret Sauce
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The social network keeps getting more addictive. Here’s how. This story first appeared in Slate. We all know by now that Facebook isn’t cool. And yet somehow it’s more popular than ever. On Wednesday the company announced that its growth continues to surge-not only in terms of the sheer number of Facebook users, but in […]

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Should You Sell Your Business? How to Make the Tough Call
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Lots of entrepreneurs face the same dilemma: Should you spend more on the business or sell it? Here’s how to work through what is never an easy decision. If you build it, will they come? Kevin Costner knew the answer to the question–he built the ball field in “Field of Dreams” and, sure enough, ghosts […]

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