A company's mission statement tells you why they do what they do. They are often short, punchy, with plenty of actions words that provide a sense of direction and help the company stand out in a crowded market.Read More
Did you know fashion designer Vera Wang started her label at the age of 40? However you define success, getting there is never a guarantee, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. Any of us, whether parenting, going back to school, climbing a corporate ladder, or starting a business of their own, can speak of challenges and discouraging moments, but that is what makes the journey all the more interesting. What’s more, your success doesn’t necessarily happen right out school or at an early age, it can happen any time. Reaching your personal state of success is far less about what you’ve accomplished than it is about what you’ve learned along the way, and the skills and strategies you can share with others in your field.Read More
Many of us routinely set personal goals -- we may want to get in better shape, save more money, or learn a new skill.Read More
What does success mean to you? Do you have a picture-perfect vision of what that success will look like? Have you talked about your goals with others?Read More
They say it's always better to give than to receive. While that may be true for the most part, it doesn't always apply to gratitude.Read More
I’ve worked for companies big and small. I’ve started businesses, sold businesses, and I’ve become an entrepreneur. And among the many incredibly important things I’ve learned through all of my experiences, there’s one common thread that stands out when I think about what works. There’s no doubt in my mind that culture — however prominent, however pronounced — is one of the most powerful tools business owners and self-employed people anywhere have at their disposal. The importance of culture and budgeting for it has been written about ad nauseum. But it’s not just about money or a pool table and snacks, , it’s about creating a culture that is real and people feel comfortable being themselves and maintaining a culture that can stand the test of time.
They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And it's true -- hobbies make you more interesting and fun to be around and keep your body and brain rested and renewed. But your activity of choice also makes you better at business by improving essential skills like memory, creative thinking, and overall job performance.
It's never too late to take the time to reflect on our business and life successes and shortcomings, learn from them, and begin to plan for a new (and better) year. When I look back on my articles in Inc.com from 2017, what stands out are the topics that people found most interesting and helpful for their lives and careers.
Talk to most successful people and most will say that the key to their success lies in the space between their ears.
Your ability to brainstorm, create, remember, communicate, problem-solve, and make crucial decisions is often what separates success from failure. So if you want to invest in your business, and receive the biggest rate of return, then devote resources to your most vital commodity: your brain.Read More
Failure is inevitable in business. It's a lot of trial and error to get something right whether it be for your internal processes or systems with staff, which is the stuff your customers don't see, or whether it be with your product or service, what you provide to your end customer. In fact, you really can't be innovative without trying new things.Read More
How do you know if you’re having a good day?
On the surface this sounds like a simple question, but a lot of people have no idea how to answer. It’s not something they spend a lot of time analyzing. But as an entrepreneur, it’s essential to have a very clear answer.
When you’re your own boss, no one is going to define success or acknowledge when you reach a goal unless you do that for yourself. Also, as any entrepreneur knows, it can be so easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of doing more because there are always opportunities for that. The drive to build and improve is part of the reason why you might have become an entrepreneur in the first place. But that forward-looking mindset doesn’t exactly lend itself to acknowledging success in the present or looking back on accomplishments.