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Entrepreneurs are great at coming up with ideas to improve people's lives through the products they create, the services they provide, or the problems they solve. Yet many breakthrough ideas never see the light of day because people fail to act on them. Taking action to follow through on your ideas requires courage. And you can only gain the courage you need by facing your fears. Here, Danielle Sacks shares five principles Case Foundation CEO Jean Case says entrepreneurs and other change-makers ...

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Talk about innovation is everywhere – in board rooms, conferences, employee meetings and university classes. In 2019, it is estimated that billions of dollars will be spent developing innovation competency in corporations, ministries and society. However, to gain real returns, business leaders must stop talking and start being innovative daily in their actions, decisions and management approaches. In Silicon Valley, innovation comes through action. To be innovative, leaders must:  1. Be cur...

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you can't avoid tasks that need to be done just because you don't feel like doing them. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. And it's procrastination, rather than lack of motivation, that's the main obstacle to achieving your goals. You don't have to feel like doing something to actually do it, says entrepreneur, founder and CEO Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the reasons why people procrastinate and shares some top tips on how to stop pro...

For businesses across a wide range of industries, being able to adapt to change is crucial for their survival. Yet, despite the imperative to keep pace with a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive business environment, many organizations struggle to transform themselves successfully. "Change creates an identity crisis," says Lior Arussy, CEO and president of a global transformation consultancy. Here, he shares with Sally Percy the reasons why change programs often fail and what l...

Unintended consequences of the #MeToo movement may be hurting rather than helping women's careers. Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional development and the increased focus on sexual harassment is making many men in positions of authority reluctant to hire, work closely with, or mentor women. "If we want more women leaders, we need men in powerful positions to support their ascension," writes Babson College professor and author Wendy Murphy. Here, she shares her top tips fo...

So you've opened your doors, you've hired your first round of employees, and now you need to pay them. While payroll may seem like an easy task, it's full of twists and turns that can trip up even seasoned bookkeepers. Here is what startups need to know about payroll accounting to ensure it's done accurately and in a timely manner. Decide pay dates Your first step is to set up your payroll. It's a safe bet that your employees want to know for certain when their paycheck is coming. You have sever...

Whether you're looking to advance your career or grow your business, networking can help you to unlock new opportunities. And the ability to forge meaningful connections can be a great asset for entrepreneurs. The more people you engage with on a regular basis, the bigger your network becomes and the greater your exposure to opportunities for accelerating your success. Yet, despite the benefits, many people dread networking. If the thought of striking up conversations with people you've never me...

A great business pitch is a fine balancing act and many entrepreneurs make mistakes that ruin their chances of securing funding. If outside investment is the only way to get your new venture off the ground, you want potential investors to be as excited about the business as you are. Yet along with your confidence and enthusiasm, you also need to demonstrate your competence and credibility. Here, Tim Berry shares the10 things he hates the most when they come up in business pitches so you can...

Diversity of thought is a key ingredient for creativity and problem solving. And a reluctance to hire marketers from outside your sector means you're missing out on the fresh perspective an outsider can bring to your marketing strategy. Marketing is a highly transferable skill and with the blurring of boundaries between sectors there's no reason why someone can't take what they've learned in one sector and apply it to another, writes Molly Fleming. Here, she shares some top tips from experts on ...

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