4 Things Game of Thrones Can Teach You About Business [SPOILER ALERT]

by Lisa Furgison

  The hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” which has fans enthralled over the fight for the Iron Throne, averages 14.2 million viewers per episode, and has been lauded as the network’s most popular show ever. With a cast of 250+ actors, “Game of Thrones” costs about $50-60 million to produce each season, and is now... Read more »

What's your slice of the pie?

How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

by Scott Gerber

It’s your company—and you’re the one who has the most at risk, financially and otherwise, if it fails. But you’re also in the unique position of setting the tone for what will hopefully be a thriving business. The question is, how do you decide what your own salary should be? We asked 12 founders from the Young... Read more »


5 Ways to Attract and Retain Talent in Your Business

by Cassy Parker

Keeping your best talent was easy when few companies were hiring and employees felt stuck at their jobs. But now, retaining the cream of the employee crop is a struggle again for many managers. When layoffs are frequent and retirement pensions are pretty much nonexistent, workers feel less loyal to their companies than they did... Read more »

Hiring for personality over experience—case in point: Dwight Schrute.

Hiring for Personality Instead of Experience

by Scott Huntington

Personality and interpersonal skills are not typically evaluated until the interview stage, if they're taken into consideration at all. By then, the applicants whose personalities are the best fits for the position may already have been weeded out. Read more »


Why Introverts Make Great Entrepreneurs—Plus 5 Tips for the Entrepreneurial Introvert

by Brian Eckert

What do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all have in common? In addition to being some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, all three are introverts. This may come as a surprise. After all, aren’t introverted people shy, quiet, and even anti-social? Most people wouldn’t assume introverts are the type to... Read more »

How to Create Happy, Productive Employees

#TrackThis Episode 4: How Do You Measure Happiness?

by Sabrina Parsons

Welcome to episode four of #TrackThis, my recurring webinar series with Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets! This episode’s topic is a big deal for my company, and that’s why I wanted to share it with you. Happy employees are more productive, and they’ll make your company better. Money spent on employee happiness is money well... Read more »

My BIggest Business Mistake

My Biggest Business Mistake: Not Listening to My Team

by Lisa Furgison

When Laura Cleminson became a mom, her baby girl inspired her to create a fun line of baby clothes. She thought clothes should be as creative as kids, so she held drawing competitions and featured the winning artwork on her clothing line. She wrote a business plan, got a bank loan, set up a board... Read more »

Serengeti Management-Gazelles

The 5 Types of Employees You’ll Find on Your Startup Journey (and How to Manage Them)

by Michael Kerr

Several years ago, when I was just starting out as an entrepreneur, a friend introduced me to a concept he called “Serengeti Management.” His premise was that, as a new employer, I was going to have to deal with any number of different personalities, each represented by a creature you might find roaming the plains... Read more »

How to Inspire Employees

How to Inspire Your Employees

by Caroline Cummings

Have you ever heard the following statement?: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” It’s a quotation from the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Adam Bryant—The New York Times... Read more »

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Top CEOs Reveal Their Secrets to Innovation and Growth [WEBINAR]

by Caroline Cummings

Join our free webinar with Adam Bryant, The New York Times bestselling author and “Corner Office” columnist, to learn the secrets of top CEOs and how your small business or startup can create a culture of innovation. Read more »

How to Understand Your Employees' Learning Styles

8 Ways to Account for Different Learning Styles Among Employees

by Scott Gerber

Not all people learn the same way. Neither do your employees. In order to run the best company possible, it's important to understand how your employees learn and work. Read more »

Photo: Glengarry Glen Ross / New Line Cinema

7 Secrets to Being an Extraordinary Boss

by Wendy Maynard

Being a boss is hard. Being an extraordinary boss is even harder. But, it’s work with a high return on investment: more motivated and productive employees. Read more »

Woman Fired square

11 Signs It’s Time to Get Rid of a Key Employee

by Scott Gerber

Just because an employee has been around for awhile doesn't mean they're delivering the same results as before, or that they're a match for where your company's headed as it grows. Read more »

Happy Car Salesman closing deal

What to Look For When Hiring a Sales Person

by Arlene Soto

Top sales people are the ones who listen to customers and partner with them in finding the right solution. In the interview process it’s important to ask questions that address these desirable characteristics. Read more »

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10 Unique Benefits to Offer New Hires

by Scott Gerber

Companies like Facebook and Google are known for the extraordinary benefits they offer employees. Although you may not have that kind of budget, you can get just as creative—for less. Read more »


How to Manage Quiet, Introverted Employees

by Glori Surban

Introverts have strengths that are often seen as weaknesses in a world where the loud and bold are lauded. Manage them well and your business will be rewarded. Read more »

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How to Manage Virtual Employees

by Erik Neilson

Considering hiring a virtual team? Be sure to follow these tips on how to run an efficient distributed office. Read more »

Fairly Diverse Business Team

3 Tips to Build the Right Team for Your Small Business

by Roy Rasmussen

Most small business owners say their biggest HR challenge is finding skilled talent. Here's a smarter strategy for hiring the best team. Read more »

what I expect from an employee

3 Things I Want Most From My Employees

by Tim Berry

Somebody asked me the other day what I look for in employees. As I think about it, I can boil what I'm looking for in an employee down to these three things. Read more »

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Manage like Michael Scott: Start Your Own Dundie Awards

by Jeff Robinson

Michael Scott, the manager of Dunder-Mifflin on NBC's hit situation comedy The Office, was a fool. However, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Read more »