4 Keys to Great Decision-Making

Great leadership is based on making sound decisions. It’s simply part of the role. But it can also be one of the toughest things to maneuver. When you make a decision, you have to know how long to stay the course and when to reverse direction.

There are obviously simple decisions—the black-and-white variety—that don’t require a great deal of judgment. Those are the decisions they teach you in business school. But in my experience, most of the answers aren’t easy. Decision-making has many shades of gray.

Do You Have Role Models? You Should

If you aspire to be a great business person, you should consider finding some great role models to emulate. The more we study truly outstanding leaders, the better our own performance usually gets. But most entrepreneurs have no role models at all - and therefore they often are unable to inspire themselves to greatness.

Who Is Your Entrepreneurial Role Model?

Small-business owners often look up to other entrepreneurs who "made it" or those who have continued to run successful smaller operations. With this issue in mind, we asked The Experts: Who is your entrepreneurial role model?

Be Your Own Role Model: 21 Ways To Earn Your Own Respect

If you want to be looked up to, trusted, admired and turned to by others in work and in life — you first have to admire yourself. Here are 21 small, actionable ways to build up your own confidence.

15 Qualities of Smart Business People

What exactly is "smart"? Being smart is more than having a high IQ. It has been proven time and again that IQ is fixed. The way we learn at 15 is the same way we learn at 50. To be smart one has to bring more to the table than intelligence alone. At the core of smart people is an acute and ever expanding self-awareness. Smart people tend to be quick and prompt, mentally ready, shrewd, clever, effective, neat or trim in their appearance, socially elegant, sophisticated, current and charismatic.

Making great decisions

Stanford University professor Chip Heath and his brother, Dan, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), distill decades of academic research into a tool kit for practitioners about decision-making in their book DECISIVE.

Science Reveals Why We Don’t Like Some People

By and large, we’d prefer that people like us. We are who we are, of course, but we can change specific behaviors. So if there’s something we do that drives others away, we’d at least like to know what it is. Researchers have put a lot of work into finding out if there are behaviors that universally rub people the wrong way. There are.

We’ve grouped these behaviors into four categories according to the impression they create, with some overlaps. People who do these things may or may not really be the jerks they seem like, but these are the personalities their behaviors can imply.

30 Most Influential Entrepreneurs Of All Time

At some point, most entrepreneurs have said to themselves they want to be like one of people in this list, “I want to be the next Richard Branson”. We define them as success and role models for who we want to be, this post is to give credit to these amazing entrepreneurs. One thing that most of these people have in common is the fact that they all worked really hard and in the end, they were really well rewarded for that. The list is in no particular order, we all have our own opinions on who should be top dog, such as Richard Branson who inspired me the most to start my business.

5 Early Warning Signs You’re With a Narcissist

How do we protect ourselves from narcissists if they’re so adept at slipping into our lives unnoticed? I shared some of my answers to that question in our conversation, and I encourage you to watch it. But there were a few I didn’t get to, and others I didn’t have the chance to describe in depth, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to revisit the topic here. Tread carefully if you catch a glimpse of any of these subtler signs: