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4 Huge Whoppers Most Companies Tell
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OK, so maybe they’re not outright lies… they’re pleasant myths. The more you buy into them, the worse off you–and your company–will be. Most business owners want to have a positive impact on the world. However, one way to ensure that your positive impact is limited is to tell yourself pleasant myths that distract you […]

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7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (But Mere Managers Always Fear)
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Are you a great leader or just a mere manager? Here’s how to tell the difference. When I think about the difference between great leaders and mere managers, I think back to a day when I put my foot in my mouth. I was working as a lawyer for a giant government bureaucracy then. One […]

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Scientific Proof Competition Is Good for Business
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Recent research shows that states that forbid noncompete agreements (or don’t enforce them) are more innovative than those allow them. Lack of competition is bad for business. It tends to squelch good ideas and favor very big, entrenched companies over smaller enterprises. Perhaps no other state typifies that dichotomy as much as California, where employee […]

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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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