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Entrepreneurs: Do You Need to Let Go?

December 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Having a clear vision is one thing, but putting on blinders is another.

With New Board, Things Are Finally Looking Up for Olive Garden

December 17, 2014 - 10:39am
Two months after Darden's dramatic board restructuring, Olive Garden beat analysts' expectations and reported its first positive same-store sales in more than a year.

How to Stop Wasting Time at Work

December 17, 2014 - 10:30am
Implement these steps to your daily routine in order to spend your day more meaningfully and achieve your goals.

The Fastest-Growing Sectors in the Franchise Industry

December 17, 2014 - 10:15am
The companies on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list are showing big gains. These are the sectors that are taking the lead.

5 Questions to Ask About Color in Your Marketing Messages

December 17, 2014 - 10:00am
Color choices can make a huge difference in marketing materials. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

How a Young Entrepreneur's Moment of Clarity Sparked His Journey to a 6 Figure Income

December 17, 2014 - 10:00am
The author of '6 Months to 6 Figures' shares his story.

Use This Infomercial Secret to Supercharge Your Product Pitch

December 17, 2014 - 9:30am
While often captivating, repetitive, and a bit cheesy, there's a lot any sales professional can learn from infomercials about pitching a product.

3-D Printing Points Way to Smarter Cancer Treatment

December 17, 2014 - 9:25am
It looks like British scientists have developed a new use for 3-D printing.

Head Into 2015 With the Goal of Creating an Inspiring Workspace

December 17, 2014 - 9:15am
You need you and your colleagues' ideas to flow freely, so create a space that promotes them to sit and stay awhile yourself.

Is There Such a Thing as 'Work Life' and 'Personal Life'?

December 17, 2014 - 9:00am
When Debbie Sterling founded GoldieBlox, her first employees were her husband, her sister and best friend.

If You Want to Succeed, Here Are 5 Things You Need to Do Differently

December 17, 2014 - 8:45am
No matter what your individual definition of success may be, finding it can often be a challenge.

Seattle Artist Says She Lost Millions of Dollars, Sues 'Angry Birds' Maker

December 17, 2014 - 8:34am
A U.S. judge approved the lawsuit, which claims that an artist was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of the brand's pet toys she designed.

Here's the Right Way to Screen Potential Job Candidates

December 17, 2014 - 8:30am
Even in the age of globalization, the face-to-face interview is not going away. Here is how to improve the screening process. Q: I believe that the age of the face-to-face interview is slowly becoming a thing of the past. While important for establishing a connection, there are way too many question marks and intangibles that may be false and misleading. What is your suggestion for developing an out of the box interview/candidate screening method? A: The face-to-face interview is not going away. Though, during this age of globalization, it is now being replaced by Skype, FaceTime and actual high-quality video conferencing. For domestic positions, however, in-person interviews are still very prevalent. Regardless of the type of interview, Skype, in person, phone, or other method, companies need to get back to the basics. They need to stop focusing on what the next best thing is -- the latest and greatest out-of-the-box screening methods -- and instead should concentrate on doing things right. Focus on what you can control. Companies and hiring managers can control one thing: how they view a candidate's resume. They need to be critical of any gaps in employment or in discrepancies on a resume. They shouldn't hire candidates who jump ship after six months or a year, also known as a "hoppy" resume. They should look critically at layoffs and downsizing, and ask why this person was downsized. Were other employees kept on? If so, why weren't they? If they have longevity at a company, were they promoted? If not, why? Conduct references...the right way. Companies also need to look at the way they do references. They should be talking to hiring managers NOT a contact in Human Resources. They should be doing reference checks across all levels, including direct reports, peers, and managers, among others. Each person will give a different view of the candidate's work ethic and work product. For instance, a manager will be able explain how well the candidate takes direction and his or her ability to hit deadlines. Their peers will be able to expand on how easy the candidate is to work with, whether they were a team player and how they contributed to team goals. Their direct reports will be able to share how the candidate was in a managerial position, what the individual's leadership style was and his or her ability to empathize and motivate them. Evaluate personal portfolios. Companies should also be evaluating each candidate's personal portfolio. In this day and age with workers being all over the country and the globe, this is so important. While normally viewed as something for a marketing professional, designer or architect, every candidate can create a portfolio of highlights. If it's an accountant or finance professional, they should have a portfolio. It would include the analysis they did, which resulted in cost savings or new sales opportunities. Sales candidates' portfolios should include the clients acquired, accounts that were grown and how they did it. If a candidate can't articulate their success and how they achieved it with quantifiable information to back it up, DON'T HIRE THEM. Ask the hard questions. The only thing that limits a company from finding the right fit is having a management team that is afraid to ask candidates to validate their own experiences. People can say anything; however, it's the people who execute who rise above. Whether the interview is in person, via email or on a video call, ask people to demonstrate their accomplishments and make objective decisions based on their results.

5 Iconic Entrepreneurs and Their Business Gambles That Paid Off

December 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Success comes to those who work hard and aren't afraid to trust their luck.

Moving Cities to Jump From Manager to Franchisee

December 17, 2014 - 7:30am
After working as managers at a Two Men and a Truck location in Chicago, Brian Stern and Nicole Wiese moved to Boston to become franchisees of their own location.

How a Focus on the Triple Bottom Line Is Captivating Young Workers (Infographic)

December 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
Prioritizing people, the planet and profit is crucial for many millennials.

Larry King's 8 Ways to Make Your Cash Flow Bulletproof

December 16, 2014 - 6:30pm
No matter if you own a huge corporation or you're the head of a one-man show, running out of money is the top way for businesses to go under. Follow these simple practices on a daily basis.

Want to Attract More Loyal Customers? Focus on This Marketing Strategy.

December 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
This marketing approach is about pitching your brand to those in the audience who are actually listening -- the ones you can bring real value to.

5 Signs Your New Business Venture Will Fail

December 16, 2014 - 5:30pm
Perform a quick attitude check so as to avert any dismal paths mired by self-defeating thinking.

Drive Success by Converging Employee's Goals With the Overall Organization

December 16, 2014 - 5:00pm
Connecting goals in the workplace, in support of a well-defined company strategy, is essential to driving business success.

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