It seems workers either love open offices or hate them. If you love them, you gush about the increased energy, collaboration, creativity and transparency that comes from impromptu conversations and lack of silos. If you hate them, you complain about decreased productivity, distractions and lack of privacy. The reality is that real estate prices are escalating, […]
Three kinds of equity investors support entrepreneurs: venture capitalists, angels, and friends and family. While friends and family want to make money, their investment in your business is also motivated by love. This article is focused on investors whose motivations are less complicated: angels and venture capitalists. They just want a return on their investment. These […]
My name is Sayeh, and though most people wouldn’t guess it, I’m an introvert. Despite being very outgoing and a little loud at times, it’s important to remember that not all introverts are shy and timid—they just need a little more space and time away from people than their extroverted friends. In fact, you might be an […]
This fall is full of gorgeous office trends that make it easy to upgrade or refresh your space. Personally, I’ve been having a field day with them all, and the best part? They’re no longer hard to find! If your office is ready for a much-needed upgrade, try incorporating one or more of these:
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Today’s headlines tell a story we can no longer ignore: America’s workers are withering on the vine of overwork and overwhelm. Despite the value our society places on work, (some say we’re working ourselves to death), workplace cultures—not personal choice—bear the brunt of our collective disapproval. We’ve whitewashed the office, hiked worker demands, whether stated or perceived, and inadvertently cultivated […]
When I think of agility, I think of entrepreneurs responding quickly and deftly to marketplace conditions. I think of entrepreneurs bringing new products to market or modifying existing ones. I think about entrepreneurs targeting new markets, expanding geographically and changing pricing or distribution strategies. I didn’t think about the space in which a business is […]
Entrepreneurs aren’t just passionate about their companies, they’re passionate about making the world a better place.
Doing well by doing good is second nature to many entrepreneurs, especially women, according to 2013 U.S. Trust’s Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a […]
It’s not just Silicon Valley and the Big Apple feeling the squeeze. Burgeoning, up-and-coming markets pinched between coasts sense the tide rising, sending founders and execs from across the country scrambling to edge out the competition waiting to snag rock star talent. But how do entrepreneurs, especially those running new or emerging businesses, attract and retain the best employees when dollars are short and hours are […]
We all know that collaboration happens when two or more people get together to generate creative solutions, meet a goal or solve a problem. Companies encourage collaboration because it leads to innovation, produces bigger ideas and often more creative solutions—but do we know how to encourage collaboration?
Start with a great workplace that integrates different types of zones for different tasks: […]
You’ve just signed the lease on an office space that fits you your four employees. Congrats! But have you thought about what will you do when your business grows? Will your office furniture grow with you? Will you have the room you need to expand?
Don’t get stuck losing time and money to a costly remodel. By […]
Focusing on “Why” your company does what it does powers up your passion and your business. Inspirational leaders understand this. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers all started with why, according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Sinek’s TED […]
Entrepreneurs solve problems by creating new products or new ways of doing things. It takes a very special person to do this well—one with very specific personality traits. Based on personal observations and interviews, I’ve come up with six must-have traits for success as an entrepreneur.
Agile learner: I recently wrote about the agile mindset of entrepreneurs […]
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts about recent turnstone research, entrepreneurs everywhere are striving to bring personality and authenticity to the office. They know that celebrating individuality is key to attracting and retaining talent, and recognize the impact that being themselves has on positive wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Over months of visiting founder-led companies and coworking facilities […]
Imagine an ideal workday: everything goes according to plan and time for creative work is ample and uninterrupted. As dreamy as that sounds, it’s often unrealistic. And though you can’t always control the events of your workday, you can set yourself up to increase productivity at the office. Here’s how:
Tackle important items in the morning.
While checking email may […]
Why are some companies more innovative, more profitable, and inspire greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? It’s because they start by asking “why,” according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and speaker (his TED speech is among my favorites).
“People don’t buy what […]