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Diversity

Denver

Diversity Initiatives Need to Start With the CEO

By | Aug 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

A study by McKinsey and Company has found companies that have a diverse workforce are “35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” A survey by Stefanie Johnson, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at University of Colorado’s…

Entrepreneur

4 Effective Ways to Run Your Small Business like a Big Brand

By | Aug 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Business individuals who think less like entrepreneurs, and more like big brands and their CEOs have a good shot at making long haul progress. We have an answer to why some businesses make phenomenal progress while their similarly coordinated rival falls flat. Here are…

Business

Study: CEOs Open to Negative Feedback Are More Likely to Succeed

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

CEOs who ask their colleagues for feedback on concerns such as management style or effectiveness will garner more confidence from team members and a better bottom line, according to a new study that confirms several long-held executive truisms. Published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior,…

HR and Recruiting

Palo Alto

How Adding an HR Professional Can Help You Retain Talent

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

Employees are the lifeline of any business. We all know that one bad hire can damage your team and your brand. After seven years in being in business, we added a full-time human resource specialist to our team of nearly 30 people. This was…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Tulsa

11 Leadership Personality Traits Stressing out Employees

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 9:20 am

Individuals dealing with a stressful boss have the potential to exhibit symptoms similar to post traumatic stress, according to researchers. Unfortunately if you work for others long enough, you’ll come across a bad boss. And while the best way to get away from them…

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Entrepreneur

San Francisco

Your Success Doesn’t Hinge on a College Degree

By | Jul 18, 2017 at 7:15 am

College doesn’t always dictate our future success. Whether you attend or not, you can be successful—it’s about what you bring with you. While going to college holds many positive outcomes, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be successful without a degree. I’m living proof that…

Psychology

Portland

How to Improve the Relationship With Your Boss

By | Jul 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

 The average person spends 39.2 hours/day at work, which cumulates to 1,842 hours worked/year and 92,120 hours worked in a lifetime. And for most of us, these hours are spent working with a boss. Our relationship with our boss is important not just because…

Productivity

New York

How Deadlines are a Critical Part of Your Business

By | Jul 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

Thought deadlines were a thing of the past? Think again. “Welcome to grown-up life,” it’s one of my favorite things I tell my students. While applying to college is a right of passage, it’s also many students’ first encounters with the demands they will…

Inspiration

Las Vegas

How to Forge Your Own Path to Success

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

As a kid, you grow up with certain beliefs that will stick with you throughout your life. But as you mature, experience the world, launch a career, and find someone to share the journey along the way, your beliefs might change and alter the…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog that no one expected to be great. As the skinny, baby-faced son of Dell Curry, every major Division 1 school…

Tips & How To’s

12 Leadership Tips to Build a Cohesive Team

By | Jun 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

Leadership qualities are important to gain if you want to find success in the business world. While this is easy to understand, it is sometimes frustrating knowing where to turn for leadership advice.  Here’s a list of leadership qualities that can help you have…

Tips & How To’s

Understanding the Most Important Trait of Any Good Leader

By | May 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

It’s 2017. The Mad Men era has long since passed. So I’m here to tell you: get over yourself. Gone are the days when leaders are expected to never, ever show weakness or vulnerability for fear of causing their employees to doubt or question…

Healthy Entrepreneur

4 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Leadership

By | Apr 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

The freedom of being a leader comes with hidden shackles. Whether it’s the ties you feel to your investors or the commitment you feel to your supporters and employees, letting these people down is simply not an option as a startup founder. As a…

Healthy Entrepreneur

5 Ways to Maintain Positive Momentum at Work

By | Apr 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

Capitalizing on positive momentum at work takes a conscious effort, day in and day out. You need to make sure your team is feeling it before getting all your work done. However, it can be hard to maintain that positive momentum without a few…

Travel

How Traveling the World Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

They say that travel is the only thing you can spend your money on that makes you richer. While that may sound like a cheesy cliché, it’s steeped in truth. Exploring the world opens people up to new ideas and perspectives, while enabling us…

HR and Recruiting

7 Ways to Boost Motivation In Your Team

By | Mar 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

It’s not just their leadership skills that will soar. Your business will too. As a business owner, it’s not just the job make budgeting decisions, sign the paychecks, and promote production and sales. It is also part of the job to motivate your team to…

Opinion/Analysis

5 Ways Leaders Can Truly Support Their People

By | Mar 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I learned most of what I know about conducting business in the U.S. through my partner, Arthur Cooper. When we started Optimum7 back in 2007, he had 30 years’ experience running successful businesses and managing teams. Some of Arthur’s teachings over the years have…