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The Biggest Risk to Your Business

What’s the number one enemy to your dreams and your business goals? In today’s coaching tip, best-selling author and business coach Chris Hogan explains how debt can kill your company and shatter your plans for the future. 

Debt can derail your business, but it’s not the only thing that can get you off track. Learn to be a better leader and business owner from some of the top experts in the world. Subscribe now to our EntreLeadership Podcast. 

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Personal Growth article

4 Ways to Reduce Stress

Picture this. It’s barely 9 a.m. Two team members have called in sick, a computer just crashed and someone drank the last cup of coffee without refilling the pot. You walk across the hall and the rest of your team has decided the main goal for the day is to watch the Sweet 16 tournament. Your head starts spinning and you can barely breathe. Forget NCAA basketball, you’re about to create some March madness of your own.  

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Personal Growth article

10 Leadership Books Smart People Are Reading

One of Dave’s favorite sayings is “Leaders are readers.” And there’s good reason for it. Reading is one of the fastest way to gain new knowledge. But that’s just the start. Numerous studies have shown it also keeps your brain young while boosting your critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence. Plus, it makes you a whole lot more interesting at parties!

So if you haven’t picked up a book in a while, make time to do so. We guarantee it will help you win. To get you started, we polled a number of your fellow EntreLeaders to find out their favorite reads of 2016. Here are their recommendations. Read on.

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Personal Growth article

Building a Great Company Culture

In a perfect world, your team would be the cream of the crop: high-performing go-getters who are loyal, creative and passionate about their jobs. But life's not perfect, right? Well actually, in this case, it is.

Like Dave says, you can attract rock-star staffers without paying Microsoft-size salaries, and it all begins by intentionally building a great company culture where people want to work. Just like Rome, though, an awesome workplace can't be built in a day. If you haven’t done so yet, get started with the following easy-to-execute tips.

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7 Low-cost Ways to Market Your Business Now

When you think about putting together a marketing plan, what’s the first word that comes to mind? For most of us, it’s probably overwhelming. What channel should you use? How do you know you’re reaching your customers? Why can’t you get any likes, and what the heck is Snapchat anyway? Trying to get your company noticed makes you want to pull your hair out.

Before you go totally bald, though, read on. Marketing doesn’t have to be scary, complicated or expensive. In fact, many things you can do are absolutely free. Here are seven cheap and simple ways to market your business now.

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Personal Growth article

How to Win Like a Champion

Quarterback Tom Brady has it. So does tennis star Serena Williams. Lebron James? Oh yeah, it’s definitely all over him. So what exactly is this mysterious thing they all share? It’s much more than talent, although that plays a huge role, too. It’s the moment in time when they’re experiencing that unstoppable, massive force called momentum.  The whole world seems to be smiling down upon them. They’re unstoppable.

The awesome part of all this is that momentum isn’t just for those who end up on a box of Wheaties. Business owners can have momentum, too. And what’s even better? It can last longer than the next headline because pure, sustainable momentum is created.

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance outdoors in La La Land, an Oscar-nominated musical

5 Business Lessons From Oscar-nominated Films

Since that long-ago day when Thomas Edison showed his first piece of film, movies have touched our hearts, made us laugh or even horrified us. But the best ones inspire us to do better.

Each February, Hollywood celebrates its greatest films at the Academy Awards. And like previous years, you can learn a lot from 2016’s Oscar-nominated films and be motivated to be your best, especially if you are a small-business owner.  Here are a few lessons from several of this year’s nominees.

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Team Growth article

How to Lead With Purpose

To win in business takes much more than a truly awesome product and great marketing. It all starts with your team. When they are passionate about their jobs and love what they’re doing, your company is filled with a vibe that attracts customers, other outstanding team members and sales.

The key to creating this kind of atmosphere is purpose. When your team feels like what they do matters, there will be a significant shift to a winning environment. As best-selling business author Malcolm Gladwell says, “Hard work is a prison cell only if the work has no meaning.”

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Personal Growth article

10 Business Ideas You Can Use Today

For David Christianson, COO of IN-Focus Digital in Abilene, Texas, it’s as simple as a high-five at a moment of success to acknowledge excellence. For Zef Banda, president and CEO of Banda Group International in Chandler, Arizona, it’s always remembering that his actions and words are powerful, and the people he is leading pay attention to everything he does and says.

Both of these small gestures may seem simple, but sometimes the little things mean a lot, especially when it comes to business and leadership. By taking a few moments each day, these two EntreLeaders are making a difference in how their companies grow and their teams prosper. And you can, too, by following these quick-to-implement tips from EntreLeadership.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along? How to Resolve Conflict

Have you ever met someone who seems to push your buttons for no reason at all? Or at times, does it seem like your team argues more than they actually work? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Conflict is a natural part of working with others. A little disagreement now and then can actually be healthy. It’s when it becomes constant or lingering that it becomes a problem. Unresolved arguments can kill unity faster than Usain Bolt on race day. So how can you create a team who seamlessly work together while keeping spats to a minimum?

At Dave’s company, one of the most powerful tools his leaders use for conflict resolution is the DISC Profile System. DISC breaks down behaviors into four categories.

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John C. Maxwell

5 Life and Leadership Lessons With John C. Maxwell

When it comes to leadership, no one has shared more wisdom than author, speaker and coach John C. Maxwell. For more than 40 years, he has inspired audiences through his 100-plus books and thousands of speaking engagements. Dr. Maxwell has made it his life’s work to develop leaders at all levels. In fact, in 2014, he was identified as the number one leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP and the John Maxwell Foundation—have trained millions of leaders in every nation. Here are our favorite words of wisdom from Maxwell.

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A Game Plan for Success: Coach Lou Holtz on Becoming a Great Leader

One of the most successful college coaches of all time, the legendary Lou Holtz has mastered the game of football. There’s no doubt about it. But for this coach, knowledge is just a small part of winning. To be truly successful takes great leadership. And few have done it better than him.

Holtz has inspired young men for years to climb to heights they never could imagine. In fact, he is the only coach in the history of college football to take six different teams to a bowl game. He’s won five bowl games with different teams and has had four different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll.

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