Inside the March 2014 Issue
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10 Up and Coming Leaders

You may not know their names yet, but you will.

How to Improve Your Leadership Skills

From encouraging dissenting voices to showing compassion, here are tips for leading with purpose and poise.

Value Lessons

Breaking down the value of good leadership into dollars and sense.

The Enemy Within

Overlords of their own fiefdoms and overseers of inflated budgets and staffs, these type of managers can kill your company. Here's what every leader needs to know to take down the takeover artists.

Your Brain on Power

There's evidence that power actually changes the way the brain sees others, decreasing recognition of others' concerns.

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Are champions born or are they made?

It's a Family Affair

Running a family business can unite members of a family but it can also tear them apart. Here are some tips keeping the peace, both at home and at the office.


Esquire Guy

Do Me a Solid

There are some many unspoken issues that the process can feel smarmy, so it's important to get a few things on the table.
Editor's Note

Il Maestro

Online Trep

The Future of Wine

A new bond concept tells vintners how much their wine is worth before it's bottled
Business Unusual

Downsizing With Style

Forget the McMansion. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers 21 floor plans for houses starting at 117 square feet.

The Un-office

New workplace trends include movable walls, outdoor spaces and sometimes no office at all.

Eye-popping Branding

An optical company projects an image of quality, integrity and customer service

Packaging of the Month


Getting Lucky

Michael J. Mauboussin, head of global financial strategies at Credit Suisse, explores what results in success.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Entrepreneurial retreats can be a great way to step back from your business for a new perspective, learn from experts and other entrepreneurs, and just refresh your brain.

The Complaint Files

How do you respond when an employee lashes out on Twitter?
Ask a Pro

To Catch a Thief

Q: I suspect one of my employees is skimming from the cash register. What can I do?

Buy Me on Facebook

In lieu of a stand alone website, a Facebook page may work for your business. But only if it's done right.

Steps to Greatness

Shiny Objects

Double Agent

The value-based laptop/tablet workhorse has arrived
Ask A Geek

Publish or Perish

Despite what you may have heard, for many businesses, daily updates don't make sense.
The Fix

Keep Those Customers

Gainsight, a customer-success management company, helps increase customer retention for small but quickly growing companies.
Ask the Money Guy

Q &A: What determines the value of my company when I go to sell?

What determines the value of my company when I go to sell?
VC Viewpoint

The Company Man

Three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should take an investment from a company.
Startup Finance

Play to Win

Win or lose, entering a contest can be a good way to meet investors. But let's be honest -- it's better to win.
Startup Finance

Preview of Coming Attractions

Prefundia offers investors a sneak peek at your idea before the funding search begins.
Your Money

Audit Bait

CPAs reveal the big IRS no-no's committed by 'treps
Q and A

Green Cash for Green Ideas

A Chicago trust helps 'treps launch sustainable businesses
Wacky Idea

Drinking Buddy

Police your own alcohol intake with a smartphone breathalyzer
Who Has VC?

The Voice of Millennials

Investors bet big on PolicyMic's social sharing strategy

Bird Brains

A singular focus helps Chicken Salad Chick thrive
Franchise Listing

Off to a Big Start

These 57 newbies all started franchising in the past five years.

The Lifer

Don Robinson has been an independent restaurant owner -- twice -- but has come to the realization that being a franchisee plays to his strengths.

The Shape of Things to Come

The landscape may still be dominated by big-box gyms, but smaller more niche services are quickly gaining ground.
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