4 things we can learn from the fastest-growing women-led small businesses

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise and some of the fastest growing businesses are either founded or co-founded by women. Geri Stengel, founder and head of a New York-based research firm, says women business owners tend to be good at allocating capital, collaborating inside and outside their companies, and listening to the needs of others. As a result, "they tend to be rated as better managers than men." To help you create winning strategies for accelerating your own company's growt...

Just do it: How to work when you really don't feel like it

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...

Why do change programs fail?

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...

Advice for men who are nervous about mentoring women

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...

7 perfect questions to ask while networking

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...

10 things I hated about your business pitch

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...

Want to truly make your mark on the world? Start by following these 5 principles

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 ...

The benefits of being an outsider: Why brands are hiring marketers with no sector experience

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 ...

Fact-check: What does Brexit really mean for Europe's startups?

Despite continuing uncertainty over post-Brexit access to foreign talent, international trade and international capital, most British startups aren't planning to move their headquarters abroad. The U.K. is due to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 unless the negotiating period is extended. Yet despite the unpredictable outcome and fears of damage to the innovation economy, research shows British startups are still attracting investment and expanding into foreign markets. Here, Valentina...

Yes, you’ll fail. This is how you’ll actually learn from it

  Failure is an inevitable part of the entrepreneurial journey and even the most successful entrepreneurs experience failure at some point. While having a positive attitude towards failure is a good indicator of future success, the advice we often hear about embracing failure can be counterproductive as it conflicts with our natural, emotional response. Here, Gwen Moran shares some top tips from executive coaches and leadership experts on the steps you can take to manage your emot...

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