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How Can I Delegate to an Unreliable Person? Top Outsourcing Websites for Entrepreneurs. Is there a payoff from top-team diversity? - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Talent. There are many reasons companies with more diverse executive teams should outperform their peers: fielding a team of top executives with varied cultural backgrounds and life experiences can broaden a company’s strategic perspective, for example.

Is there a payoff from top-team diversity? - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Talent

And relentless competition for the best people should reward organizations that cast their nets beyond traditional talent pools for leadership. To understand whether reality is consistent with theory, we looked at the executive board composition, returns on equity (ROE), and margins on earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 180 publicly traded companies in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States over the period from 2008 to 2010. 7 Real-World Tips for Attracting Top Developers. Tech startups need more than a great idea and breakthrough technology - they need a team of committed developers who will stick with them through iteration after iteration.

7 Real-World Tips for Attracting Top Developers

But recruiting dream talent that’s both ready for the long haul and willing to pivot when necessary isn’t as simple as putting an ad in the classifieds, especially when the company can’t pay what these job candidates are really worth… yet. For help, we asked seven successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) about what really attracts rock-star talent. (To learn more about how your startup can find, hire and keep the top talent and quality workers it needs to succeed, download this free ReadWriteWeb Report: The Talent Wars: Today’s Toughest Startup Challenge.)

Negotiation Skills Top 10 Tips. 5 Types of Directors Who Don't Deliver. How to Build Credibility as a Young Entrepreneur. Five steps to make your business a success when experience is not on your side.

How to Build Credibility as a Young Entrepreneur

Starting a business is tough enough, and when you're young and inexperienced, the challenge of building credibility is an added pressure. But you shouldn’t let your age get in the way. "Being young and not having entrenched experience can actually be an advantage,” says Susan Gregg Koger, 26, who founded ModCloth, an online fashion retail company when she was 17. The company now has 240 employees and offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. How to Hire a Lawyer. Even if you’re a web developer, designer, or an artist, there will be times in your life when you need legal representation.

How to Hire a Lawyer

If you were bitten by a neighbor’s dog, hit by another vehicle on the road or mistreated when you were admitted to a hospital, you’ll want to hire a lawyer. You’ll also need an attorney when buying a new home or planning out your will. Don’t go into your search for a lawyer blind. Learn how to find the right lawyer who can help you with whatever crossroads you’ve reached. 3 Top Tips for Hiring a Lawyer 1. 2.

The Next Generation Startups. How To Be a Successful Leader. As a leader you have a tendency to repeat behavior that becomes both automatic and unconscious over time.

How To Be a Successful Leader

That’s why most leaders are used to making decisions in the amount of time needed by others to understand the question. They’re on another level. This stumps beginners whom are looking to become leaders. The most common question becomes: How do leaders make great decisions even when they find themselves under pressure? The answer is that all their decisions are made based on accumulated experiences from past situations which have helped them grow in their field.

6 Tips for Starting a Successful Business Out of College. So you graduated college.

6 Tips for Starting a Successful Business Out of College

Congratulations! Four years (in some cases a few more than that) and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears later and you are standing at the finish line victorious. Then, the elation starts to fade, people continue living their lives, and you ask yourself that age-old question: Now what? For many, the next step is sitting down and writing dozens (sometimes hundreds) of cover letters and revising your resume for job applications. The Beginner's Guide to Working From Home. How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype. [Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint.

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype

Read the first part here, the second here, the third here, and the fourth here.] Unconventional Wisdom: Eight Wacky Schools. Entrepreneurs often are adept at combining a personal skill or interest with business savvy to create a new enterprise.

Unconventional Wisdom: Eight Wacky Schools

But what happens when a person's area of expertise is a little, well, unusual? As in fire-eating and snake-charming type of wacky. The enterprising performers on this list have created businesses out of teaching their special talents to others. And as it turns out, the businesses behind these schools are growing. Revenues in the fine-arts schools category, which as unlikely as it may sound includes such training, are projected to increase by nearly 3 percent this year to $4.73 billion, says industry research firm IBISWorld. Founders: Jonathon Conant, Dave Brown and Anne BrownYear opened: 2001Locations: New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and ChicagoFee: $45-$75 per class. Richard Branson on Managing Experienced Workers. The billionaire entrepreneur shares his advice for promoting your business's best asset.

Richard Branson on Managing Experienced Workers

Editor's Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. What follows is the latest edited round of insightful responses. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column. Q: How do you help aging workers embrace a changing environment and adapt to new ways of doing things, and how can employers better utilize their more senior employees? Seven Steps to Superstar Employees. Don't just rely on annual performance reviews.

Seven Steps to Superstar Employees

How To Smooth a Rejected Job Applicant's Feathers. To follow-up on our recent post about do's and don'ts of using social media to screen new hires, when your company uses social media channels to both source and screen new talent, you must consider that your applicants can turn right around and use those same channels to your disadvantage. In other words, if you screw up the interview process or treat job seekers with disregard or disrespect, you could find yourself the target of a rash of unwanted publicity.

For this reason, it's most important to capture and promote good feedback from candidates who apply for a job with your company, says Lisa Chartier, U.S. head of resourcing communications for Alexander Mann Solutions, a provider of recruitment process outsourcing solutions. Her firm just published Candidates, Consumers and Your Global Brand, a white paper looking at the impact of the job candidate's experience on consumer perceptions of businesses and brands. Do's and Don'ts of Using Social Media to Screen New Hires. Using social media to find new employees is one thing, but making a prospect fork over their Facebook credentials as part of a background check is something else entirely.

More than one half of employers use social media sites to recruit potential candidates, up from just over a third in 2008, according to a June poll from the Society for Human Resource Management. More and more these days, however, employers are taking the practice one step further by asking applicants for their Facebook logins as part of the screening process. As recently as two years ago, the city of Bozeman, Mont., required job applicants to supply username and password information for their social media-related accounts. In this instance, public outrage quickly curtailed that policy. How to pick a co-founder. Naval · November 12th, 2009 Update: Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision.

It’s more important than your product, market, and investors. The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. Think Twice Before Adopting The “Ship Or Die” Mentality. Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base CRM. The “Ship or die”, “Done is better than perfect”, “Just ship” mantras have lately become a part of many startup conversations. The problem with these mantras is that they glorify the act of shipping while ignoring the fact that shipping is only the means to create value but not the ultimate goal of a startup. Unfortunately, repeating these mantras might have a dangerous effect.

The “ship it” mentality leads many startups to do mediocre, incremental, non-important work. The advantages of shipping it. SEO and the Metrics of Success. Being in small business today necessitates a certain degree of familiarity with the language of the Internet. After all, marketing online has become one of the cheapest, easiest options available for small business with little or no barriers to entry. Chart: Where People Want to Work for Themselves.

People in some countries are more interested in self-employment than people in other nations. A 2009 survey funded by the European Commission queried over 25,000 randomly chosen individuals aged 15 and 64 in 36 nations about whether they would rather run their own business or work for someone else. The survey found that the fraction that would prefer self-employment ranged from 25.6 percent in Slovakia to 71.4 percent in China. Anger Is Not a Leadership Skill. Five DIY Online Form Builders. Partnership Agreement - Business Forms. How Do I Chart a Path for Employee Growth? - Human Resources - Ask Entrepreneur. Three Tips for Saving Money on Mobile Plans. DailyCandy's Dany Levy on Taking Initiative. Editor's Note: 'Trep Talk takes you inside the millionaire minds of the most intriguing entrepreneurs behind the big ideas. Join Entrepreneur for a more personal look at the creators of some the most successful companies today.

How to Hire Workers for Hard-to-Fill Jobs. Five Tips for Saving Money on Shipping. To avoid costly blunders, business owners should consider these guidelines when mailing their products to customers. How to Survive a Tax Audit. When to Hire a Bookkeeper or Accountant. Ready to Declare Your Independence? A Seven-Point Checklist. Five Tips to Transform Your Business. Les 3 stratégies de la startup. Guy Kawasaki: The Best Way to Improve Company Culture - Entrepreneur Video Network - What to Consider Before Teaming Up With a Partner.