12 Ways to Mess Up a Job Interview—and 12 Ways to Ace It

Congratulations! You’ve been diligent about finding a new job, and you’ve finally landed an interview. What happens next?

You’ve got to prepare—carefully. Because it’s not OK just to show up. One or two missteps can disqualify you as a candidate, even if you have the right experience and skills. If you really want to be considered for the position, to get hired, know what not to do, and, instead, what you should do, before and during the interview. Continue reading “12 Ways to Mess Up a Job Interview—and 12 Ways to Ace It”

13 Must-Haves to Bring to Every Conference You Attend

There you are. Standing in the corner. Waiting. Checking your phone. Waiting.

No, you’re not a stalker. You’re an awkward conference goer. One who didn’t come prepared. All you have are a few business cards in your back pocket. And you’ve already realized that’s not enough to save you.

It’s easy to walk into a networking event and feel overwhelmed and unprepared (and awkward). So we asked the Young Entrepreneur Council, “What one thing do you always make sure to take with you to a conference or event (other than business cards)?” so you can make a list for next time: Continue reading “13 Must-Haves to Bring to Every Conference You Attend”

7 Quotes About Leadership From Walter Cronkite

Here are insights from the iconic anchorman, who would have turned 100 today.

Legendary journalist Walter Cronkite anchored the CBS Evening News for 19 years starting in 1962. He was on the news desk for some of the most transformative moments of the last century — the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. Continue reading “7 Quotes About Leadership From Walter Cronkite”

The Habit of Team-Building: Daily Practices for Chief Technology Officers

Wikipedia’s definition of a CTO never gets around to mentioning leadership and team development. Maybe it should.

Like so many skilled professionals, technologists are seemingly happiest doing what they know best: in their case, coding and developing new solutions to challenging problems.

But sometimes those of us in the CTO seat (chief technology officer) want more. As humans, we have a constant need to feel relevant, to know that our work has meaning. Also, I truly believe that in order to create a highly-functioning, fully-satisfied team, we technologists need to help one another become more aware of the contributions we make to our organizations, as well as society. Continue reading “The Habit of Team-Building: Daily Practices for Chief Technology Officers”

Are You a Manager or a Leader?

Over the past 15 years of building my real estate business, I’ve come to learn there’s a huge difference between managers and leaders. Too often these words are used interchangeably. I’ve seen managers who are, in fact, leaders and so-called business leaders who are really nothing more than managers.

The nuances in meaning are slight, but the business results produced by the two are drastically different. If you search online for the definition of a manager, Google defines it as “a person responsible for controlling or administering all or part of a company or similar organization.” Continue reading “Are You a Manager or a Leader?”

5 Steps to Working a Holiday Party Like Santa

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. And like every great entrepreneur, you might want to pull out your festive tie or jingle bell-inspired earrings so that you can work a room.

Surely you want to make the most of each networking event so that you can walk away with more than just holiday cheer. A pocket full of business cards representing potential clients is always one of the best takeaways from holiday networking events.

In that spirit, here’s my insights on how to work a holiday party, Santa style. Continue reading “5 Steps to Working a Holiday Party Like Santa”

The 6 Scary Truths About Becoming an Entrepreneur

There’s a haunting, scary, messy truth about being an entrepreneur. Those who dream about entrepreneurship think about the freedom of being able to chase big dreams, the thrill of building empires and the joy of making a mark on the world by doing something better than any other person in a field has yet done.

There’s something to all this. Entrepreneurship is indeed fun, rewarding and freeing. But there’s a back side to entrepreneurship that nobody likes to talk about much. Being an entrepreneur can be grueling, spirit breaking and downright tough. I hope you have thick skin. You’ll need it. Here are the six scary truths of entrepreneurship: Continue reading “The 6 Scary Truths About Becoming an Entrepreneur”

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

Learning to do things differently will have a positive impact on your business.

When Brian Solis looks to the horizon, he sees an unprecedented digital disruption that will change how brands interact with their customers. Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a company that looks at future trends, as well as an award-winning author and keynote speaker.

As a digital analyst, anthropologist and futurist, he helps top-level executives — as well as the rest of us — better understand how technology is evolving and what impact it will have on business and society. Continue reading “5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism”