The Playbook

Zen and the Art of Decision-Making

To make good decisions, you must first clarify that everyone understands the same reality. Clarizen founder Avinoam Nowogrodski explains.

Make a Splash With Your Early Hires

If you strategically hire people who are highly respected in the industry, others will be eager to join the team.

3 Key Traits of Great Startup Hires

HireVue founder Mark Newman explains what you need to look for in startup employees: the ability to handle ambiguity, a commitment to working hard, and passion for your business.

How to Take Calculated Risks

Rather than going all in, create a system for testing new ideas in a limited way.

One Thing Every Manager Needs to Do

To be a great manager, you have to really care about your people.

How Gary Vaynerchuk Chooses Angel Investments

Gary Vaynerchuk explains his two investment prerequisites. (Note: He backed Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Uber.)

You Don't Need to Go Viral to Make the Most of Video

Making quality videos is less expensive than ever, but you need to decide whether it's the right tool for your business.

3 Essentials for Scaling Your Business

LearnVest founder Alexa von Tobel explains why you need to focus on people, communication systems, and finances in order to scale.

Anyone Can Use Humor to Make an Impact (Even You!)

You don't have to be a improv genius to create a funny and memorable moment, as long as you understand your audience.

How to Get Investors to Move Faster

If you want investors to move more quickly, you need to identify--and then meet--their specific criteria.

Where to Find the Right Mentors

Before you search for a mentor, focus on exactly what you need in terms of advice and information.

3 Ways to Solve the Recruiting Problem

According to HireVue founder Mark Newman, you need to create an interesting environment, provide great benefits, and spend time reaching out to the surrounding community.

How to Earn Respect

The CEO of Stew Leonard's explains that, as a leader, you have to prove yourself to your employees by engaging them in new ideas.

Build the Right Team ... Quickly

Yes To CEO Joy Chen explains why leaders should be decisive and efficient about getting the right people in place.

Learn to Recognize Coaching Moments

Coaching can come in many forms, from pulling team members aside to leading by example. Yes To CEO Joy Chen explains.

How to Make Sure Your Employees Love Working for You

HireVue founder Mark Newman advises getting the most out of your team by letting their voices be heard in your organization.

3 Keys to Empowered, Effective Employees

Clarizen founder Avinoam Nowogrodski explains why you need to value participation, coach your management team on promoting culture, and solicit direct, honest feedback.

Find Your Personal Success Strategy

Yes To CEO Joy Chen talks about why it's important to figure out a personal strategy that will ultimately guide your professional decisions.

Say Yes to Fewer Meetings

Yes To CEO Joy Chen experienced some culture shock after she switched from a large company to a small one.

How to Hire for Cultural Fit

Skills and values are important, but you need to ask interview questions that identify whether candidates will fit the culture. Yes To CEO Joy Chen explains.