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How Changing Gears Stopped My Startup From Failing

How Changing Gears Stopped My Startup From Failing

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For our series The Grind, the founder of Practice Makes Perfect discusses how pivoting helped him not fall into the category of failures.
February 6, 2014 in Growth Strategies
How To Win When You Fail

How To Win When You Fail

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The way you react to screw ups is a critical factor in determining how successful you will be in business.
February 5, 2014 in Business Management
5 Rookie Networking Fails and How to Avoid Them

5 Rookie Networking Fails and How to Avoid Them

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When you're trying to meet people in person, here are things you shouldn't do.
January 28, 2014 in Networking
How OfficeMax Failed on the PR Front...Twice

How OfficeMax Failed on the PR Front...Twice

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OfficeMax's insensitive letter to 'Daughter Killed in Car Crash' is being blamed on Big Data. But all the blame rests with the company.
January 20, 2014 in Public Relations
Photos: 15 Entrepreneurs on What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started Up

15 Entrepreneurs on What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started Up

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We all wish we could get everything right the first time. That, of course, isn't the case. Here's what some business owners wish they new from the start.
January 18, 2014 in Startup Basics
Downton Abbey: Lord Grantham's 5 Worst Management Mistakes

Downton Abbey: Lord Grantham's 5 Worst Management Mistakes

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What the world of butlers, footmen and lady's maids can teach you about management.
January 17, 2014 in Business Management
At Yahoo, a $42 Million Change of Heart

At Yahoo, a $42 Million Change of Heart

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Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer has given the boot to her second in command, Henrique de Castro, just a little over a year after pilfering the exec from rival Google.
January 16, 2014 in Leadership
No Apologies: On Hack, Snapchat Founder Says 'We Thought We Had Done Enough'

No Apologies: On Hack, Snapchat Founder Says 'We Thought We Had Done Enough'

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On the 'Today' show, the 23-year-old discussed the inevitabilities of hacking while reassuring users.
January 3, 2014 in Security
McDonald's Kills Employee Resource Site After Another Gaffe

McDonald's Kills Employee Resource Site After Another Gaffe

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Another piece of misguided advice on McDonald's employee McResource Line has landed the fast-food chain in hot water.
December 26, 2013 in Franchises
The Worst Mistake for Small Businesses to Continue in 2014

The Worst Mistake for Small Businesses to Continue in 2014

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What is the one sure thing to turn away modern customers?
December 26, 2013 in Accepting Payments
How One Traveler Woke Up in the Dark and Trapped Alone Inside an Airplane

How One Traveler Woke Up in the Dark and Trapped Alone Inside an Airplane

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A Louisiana man shares his travel nightmare.
December 12, 2013 in Business Travel
Real Entrepreneurs, Real Shipping Lessons

Real Entrepreneurs, Real Shipping Lessons

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These entrepreneurs are using hard-won experience – as well as some old-fashioned ingenuity -- to improve their shipping processes.
December 6, 2013 in Shipping Center
Why Leaders Don't Behave the Way They Should

Why Leaders Don't Behave the Way They Should

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We are creatures of evolution. That's why taking a calm, measured approach to management is always easier said than done.
November 19, 2013 in Business Management
How to Save Any Presentation From a Technology Meltdown

How to Save Any Presentation From a Technology Meltdown

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Don't let a technology glitch or mistake ruin your next presentation. Here are four ways to save any presentation from disaster.
November 12, 2013 in Management & Operations
Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency

Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency

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This printing company used methods from Toyota to reduce errors and inefficiencies.
November 11, 2013 in Grow Your Business
HealthCare.gov: Your Reminder Not To Skimp on Quality Assurance

HealthCare.gov: Your Reminder Not To Skimp on Quality Assurance

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You might be tempted to cut time for QA, but it could doom your next project. We explore the site’s sober takeaways for any digital entrepreneur.
November 8, 2013 in Your Website
5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

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What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and other words of wisdom for entrepreneurs.
October 29, 2013 in Business Management
Photos: The 16 Biggest Tech Intern Fails

The 16 Biggest Tech Intern Fails

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From being rude to Mark Zuckerberg's wife, to burning down an office building, to inadvertently disabling the internet across large stretches of the Ukraine, these interns messed up in style.
October 29, 2013 in Managing Employees
The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

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If you think you can just hire someone else to do the dirty work of writing your business plan, think again.
October 17, 2013 in Your Business Plan
8 Ways to Screw Up Your Marketing

8 Ways to Screw Up Your Marketing

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You work hard to build a reputation and generate positive word-of-mouth. But are you undermining your own efforts? Consider these common blunders.
October 9, 2013 in Marketing
Why Serial Entrepreneurs Aren't Actually More Successful The Next Time Around

Why Serial Entrepreneurs Aren't Actually More Successful The Next Time Around

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If your only claim to fame is starting a handful of companies, yet you've had success with none of them, it's probably time to take a closer look at what you're learning.
October 4, 2013 in Startup Basics
Why Your Employees Need to Make More Mistakes

Why Your Employees Need to Make More Mistakes

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Encouraging perfection will slow things down for your startup. Here's how and why to make employees feel comfortable with messing up in the name of efficiency and progress.
September 16, 2013 in Leadership
5 Signs You're Standing In Your Own Way to Success

5 Signs You're Standing In Your Own Way to Success

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Don't be your own worst enemy when it comes to succeeding at starting and running your own business. Here are five mistakes to avoid.
September 12, 2013 in Leadership
Photos: 10 Inspirational Quotes for the New School Year

10 Inspirational Quotes for the New School Year

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Whether or not you are headed back to school, September is a time of renewal. Draw inspiration for a new chapter with these words of wisdom.
September 9, 2013 in Managing Employees
What You Can Learn from the Golf Channel's MLK Speech Twitter Slip-up

What You Can Learn from the Golf Channel's MLK Speech Twitter Slip-up

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Are there Twitter mulligans? The Golf Channel wants to know after it tried and failed with a Tweet commemorating the March on Washington.
August 28, 2013 in Online Marketing

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