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Growth Strategies

Esquire Guy

The Esquire Guy on Fraternizing With the Competition

Relax, be generous and don't look like you're trying to take control.
Employment

Small Businesses Extend Hiring at Best Post-Recession Clip

There's still a lot of worry about adding new employees, but the pace of hiring is at an eight-year high.
Regulations

Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing Economy

When calls for consumer protection come from competitors, policymakers should be cautious.
Managing Employees

Turns Out It Is Illegal to Force Employees to Be Positive

We all want positive employees. But employer policies that mandate that attitude now are unlawful.
Productivity

The 4 Biggest Productivity Killers in Your Office

A look at where you're most likely to be wasting time, plus solutions to boost your productivity.
Office Culture

The Company Kitchen as a Mirror of Corporate Culture

An open and well-planned café invites more than coffee pours. It can be a nexus of spontaneous and meaningful employee interaction.
Pitching

Clock's Ticking: A Simple Tool to Pitch Your Idea in 15 Seconds

If you can't impress in a short amount of time, go back to the drawing board.
Customer Feedback

How to Accumulate Good Customer Reviews That Stick

Posting fake reviews and asking customers to post reviews can land you in trouble with Yelp and Google. Instead, follow these tips.
Disruption

What Does Kevin Spacey Know About 'Disruption?' Apparently A Lot.

Recently, Kevin Spacey spoke to a crowd full of tech junkies on what is needed to break into industries that seem resilient to change.
Networking

Break the Ice: 8 Networking Tips for Introverts

If the pressure to come across as interesting and likable feels defeating at times, here are some helpful hints to letting your true self shine through.
Hiring

The Secrets to Working With an Executive Recruiter

Ready to find your next great employee? An executive recruiter can help. But, first, be sure you know these five secrets to successfully working with one.
Family Businesses

How to Successfully Exit Your Family Business and Pivot for the Internet Age

An owner explains how he refocused on online sales, sold the local family heating services firm and runs a new ecommerce company.
Sales

Boost Sales by Appealing to Customers' Unconscious Minds

Did you know you can market to neurons, or create happiness with a small surprise?
Hiring

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Workplace

Autistic individuals have attributes that make them great employees. Here's how to create the right environment.
Sales

The Tough Love Guide to Selling

If you're in business, you're in the business of sales. That's what keeps your company alive. Here are four critical lessons.