Leadership Profiles

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Should Women Entrepreneurs "Lean In" Like Sheryl Sandberg?

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“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It’s one of the provocative questions Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg asks in her best-selling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sandberg, a Harvard-educated executive who came to Facebook via the U.S. Treasury Department and Google, centers the book around the idea that women [...]
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The Most Common Questions About Hiring Answered

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Few business-related responsibilities are as daunting or stressful as hiring employees. Perhaps you’ve conducted interviews before, but the stakes are higher when you’re hiring for your own company, says Alison Salisbury, founder of Fiscally Fit, which provides money-management services to retirees, busy professionals, and other small businesses. At the recent Hire Smart Small Business Event [...]
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Entrepreneurs Sound Off: "What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiring Employees"

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Hiring employees is a rite of passage for many small-business owners, because it represents growth. But, of course, expanding your operation comes with a few financial and professional risks. To take some of the guesswork out of recruiting and staffing, the Intuit Small Business Blog asked entrepreneurs what, given the wisdom of hindsight, they wish [...]
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Author Susan Baroncini-Moe on Adopting Your Own Business Style

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“My job is to look at what’s not working and make it better,” explains Susan Baroncini-Moe, the business and marketing strategist behind the firm Business in Blue Jeans in Indianapolis. “What roles are people playing in the business? Or is it the branding of the business?” Baroncini-Moe (pictured) specializes in working with small-business entrepreneurs. She’s [...]
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GoldieBlox’s Debbie Sterling on the Importance of Asking for Help

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Entrepreneur Debbie Sterling (pictured) says the secret to her startup’s success is that she didn’t try to go it alone. “When I was first starting out, I had this big ‘aha’ idea, and I didn’t want to tell anyone about it, because I didn’t want anyone to steal my idea,” Sterling says. “I spent a [...]
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How to Become a Local Media Darling

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Newk’s Express Café franchisee Todd Jackson first appeared on Good Day Alabama as a solo act, but he has no misconceptions about why the producers keep asking him back. His wife and co-owner, Sonya, is a star attraction. “She kind of likes to dress up in funny clothes and wear silly headbands and will say [...]
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Management Expert Adam Grant on the Benefits of Being Nice

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The business world can be a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog kind of place, but it’s OK to be nice. In fact, it may even benefit you, says Adam Grant, a management professor at the Wharton School and author of the new book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Grant’s research into the workplace shows that [...]
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Hire Smart: Increase Your Income by Hiring an Employee

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Some entrepreneurs — such as restaurateurs — start out with a team of employees in place, but many others launch their companies as sole proprietors. These independent small-business owners often struggle to decide when to add staff and what types of people they should hire. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with Rhonda Abrams, [...]
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