Culture

Sleep Your Way to Higher Productivity

I’ve been feeling really tired lately. It’s that tired feeling that drags on for days and days until you finally give in and have a real rest from work (I’ve planned a week off in October). Trying to work on projects that require lots of thought, mental clarity, and—I can’t even think of the word...

By Belle Beth Cooper |

What a Famous Comic Artist Can Teach You about Starting and Running a Business

I have always believed that if I want to learn something, I need to DO something. I need to take action. This is how I learned to cycle, how I learned to solder metal jewelry and how I learned to write fiction. That said, I find equal value in first reading about and learning as...

By Candice Landau |

Use the Power of Positivity to Gain the Competitive Advantage

The founding fathers were onto something. The pursuit of happiness matters more than ever, especially in business. To boost the productivity and performance of every employee (even the CEO) from the inside out—and the overall perception of a company by customers—get happy. In “The Happiness Advantage”, author Shawn Achor outlines a decade’s worth of research on...

By Matt Rissell |

6 Ways to Maintain an Impressive Online Reputation

Warren Buffett famously said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” For this reason and many more, there is often no worse feeling for an entrepreneur than to see the brand he or she spent years building tarnished by a bad review online. But take heart! There are...

By Jeremy Gin |

Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

This article is part of our Cafe Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your cafe business! For many consumers and small business owners in the U.S. and western Europe, the knowledge that the people producing their coffee were usually struggling from poverty, in rural areas, and vulnerable...

By Angelique O'Rourke |

The Pixar-Inspired Guide to Managing a Creative Company

Unless otherwise stated, all quotations can be attributed to Ed Catmull.  Creativity needs to be protected. This is never more true than in the workplace, in which a creative culture is something precious and in danger of being stamped out if not nurtured. In his book, “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of...

By Candice Landau |

#NotEqualYet: The Infographic

We’ve come a long way toward gender equality, in the workplace and elsewhere, but every day, there are still women feeling the negative effects of sexism in their lives. One of the arenas where change has been slow and large disparities still exist is the workplace. Especially for working moms in the United States, navigating...

By Sabrina Parsons |

#NotEqualYet: The Reality of Gender at Work

It’s easy to think we’ve achieved gender equality. Women, so iconic we know them by first name and initials—Oprah, Hillary, RBG—have shattered much of the glass ceiling. The floor is coated with shards, but there is still work to be done. Equality is not a world in which Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits receive more attention than...

By Sabrina Parsons |

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