Idea Lab

Today's thought leaders talk about ideas that will take entrepreneurship into the future.

General Stanley McChrystal on How to Adapt, Empower, and Lead

Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, author of Team of Teams, says command-and-control management will make your company slow and sluggish. Find out his tips for how you should structure your company and treat your employees.

General Stanley McChrystal on the Importance of Being Adaptable

Retired four-star army general Stanley McChrystal explains how adaptability is the most important quality for an organization in high-pressure situations.

General Stanley McChrystal: Centralized Management Is Not Fast Enough

Retired General Stanley McCrystal, who led coalition forces in Afghanistan, says to beat your competitors, all the pieces or your business need to be nimble and have decision-making ability.

General Stanley McChrystal: Empower Decision Making At the Bottom

Stanley McChrystal, retired U.S. Army General and the author of Team of Teams, says every one of your employees needs to be a decision maker.

General Stanley McChrystal: Communication Is a Matter of Life and Death

U.S. Army General McChrystal writes in his book Team of Teams about the lessons from Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's famous 2009 Hudson River landing.

General Stanley McChrystal: 'We Knew Enough to Prevent the 9/11 Attacks'

Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal says your organization needs to have a "shared consciousness" where information flows fluidly from the executives to the employees.

General Stanley McChrystal Says the Best Leaders Are Like Gardeners

The model of a leader as a heroic strategist has become antiquated. War veteran and retired General Stanley McChrystal explains why viewing a leader as a gardener helped him in the Iraq theater.

General Stanley McChrystal on How To Break Down Barriers Between Your Employees

General Stanley McChrystal says insular groups must be brought down. Find out how to align team incentives and create one shared definition of success.

General Stanley McChrystal: The 2 Traits Military Leaders and Entrepreneurs Share

Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, author of Team of Teams, explains the two traits entrepreneurs share with military leaders.

William Ury Explains How to Win Any Negotiation

William Ury, author of Getting to Yes with Yourself, breaks down his secrets to getting what you want at the bargaining table.

How To Truly Listen in a Negotiation

Master negotiator and author of Getting to Yes with Yourself William Ury says successful negotiators first listen to the person on the other side of the table.

The Key to Power in Any Negotiation Is In Your Hands

Master negotiator William Ury says you will always have the upper hand in a negotiation by figuring out your best alternative in the event you can't reach an agreement.

How To Control Your Emotions in a Heated Negotiation

Good negotiators need to have emotional intelligence as well as cognitive intelligence, says the author of Getting to Yes with Yourself.

William Ury Explains How to Win Any Negotiation

William Ury, author of Getting to Yes with Yourself, breaks down his secrets to getting what you want at the bargaining table.

Why Women and Immigrant Entrepreneurs Have a Lot to Look Forward to in 2015 and Beyond

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the Small Business Administration, talks about loan prospects for companies, new government programs and initiatives, and the goal of increasing the number of women and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Former SBA Chief: The Post-Recession Future Is Bright for Entrepreneurs

Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration and now a senior fellow at Harvard University, talks with Inc.'s Jeremy Quittner about big trends, new change makers and evolving federal policies.

Why Bill Clinton Has Tony Robbins on Speed Dial

Life coach and author Tony Robbins has helped some of the most powerful and successful people in the world. Find out why he's the first person they call when they need direction in life.

Tony Robbins Reveals His Secrets on Wealth, Success, and Financial Freedom

Life coach Tony Robbins, author of the recent book 'Money: Master the Game,' talks with 'Inc.' editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg about how to invest wisely and inspire the people around you.

How to Invest Your Way to a $70 Million Retirement Fund

The biggest personal finance mistake people make is waiting for a pile of cash, says life coach Tony Robbins.

What It Takes to Achieve Financial Security

Life coach Tony Robbins explains how you can attain financial security more easily than you think.

To Have the Greatest Impact, You Can't Do It All Alone

Life coach Tony Robbins explains how he realized he was never going to have the impact on the world that he wanted if he tried to do it all by himself.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Success

According to life coach Tony Robbins, one difference that separates successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful ones stands above all others.

Advice from a Billionaire: Find Your Passion, Add Value, and Do it Better

Life coach Tony Robbins reveals the best counsel he's ever received.

Inspire a Room Like Tony Robbins with a Vision Larger Than Yourself

Life coach Tony Robbins explains what it takes to truly command a room of people.

A System for Feeding 50 Million People

The first business entrepreneurs need to build has no employees, but still bring you income for life, says life coach Tony Robbins.

Success Secrets: What 200 Leading Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Entrepreneur and author Amy Wilkinson speaks with Inc. senior editor Maria Aspan about her new book The Creator's Code and what she learned from interviewing many of today's most successful entrepreneurs.

How The Container Store Turned Getting Organized Into a Big Business

Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, speaks at the Inc. 5000 conference about thriving during rapid growth, retaining the best employees and the benefits of conscious capitalism.

Exit Strategies: How to Finish Big in Today's Market

Basil Peters, author of 'Early Exits,' and Joel Wiggins, president of Crown College, speak with Inc. editor-at-large Bo Burlingham at the Inc. 5000 conference about the nature of today's business exits.

Marcus Lemonis: What I've Learned in the Small Business Trenches

Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's 'The Profit,' reveals the top lessons from his multitude of investments, how to fix the SBA, and why work-life balance is a myth.

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley: The Right Way to Learn Entrepreneurship

Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks with Inc. editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul about his new entrepreneurial education series and his book Moonshot!: Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses.

Osama Bedier: The Future of Commerce Is Coming

Osama Bedier, CEO of Poynt, speaks with Inc. Staff Writer Jeremy Quittner about how the modern commerce system has evolved, why our current commerce system is broken in our digital age, and how to fix it.

The Anti-Facebook: Inside the Journey to Build a More Secure Social Network

Jim Dwyer, New York Times journalist and author, spoke with Inc. Magazine Editor Jim Ledbetter about his new book More Awesome than Money, which chronicles the rise and fall of four NYU students' dream to build a secure social network that would rival Facebook: Diaspora.

Steve Blank on What's Next for Lean Startups

The lean startup evangelist explains why the movement is still just getting started.

The Future of Mid-Market Companies

Thomas Stewart, executive director for the National Center for the Middle Market, spoke with Inc. executive editor Jon Fine, to discuss the true nature of mid-market companies, why they are the current growth champions, and the coming trends for these companies.

Have a Beer, It's Good for Your Brain

A recent study out of Oregon State University found that a flavonoid in hops, which is used to make beer, increased intellectual function in mice.

Actually, Don't Quit Your Day Job Before Starting Your Business

New research finds that keeping your day job while launching your new company dramatically cuts your risk of failure.

How to Nail Your Marketing Message in a World of Increasing Channels

Springboard's Kay Koplovitz talks to Inc.'s Kris Frieswick about the work she's done helping women get funding, the evolution of video programming, and the challenges of marketing in today's world.

Why Being an Entrepreneur Is Harder Than Running Merrill Lynch

Before you trade your cubicle for the trenches of entrepreneurship, make sure you know what you're getting into.

What Steve Blank Knows About Silicon Valley, Lean Startups, and Dysfunctional Families

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank sat down with Inc. deputy editor Allison Fass to talk about his startup hits (and misses), his process that can make launching a company less risky, and what family chaos has to do with entrepreneurship.

How to Succeed by Simplifying Everything

Many startups take on too much and eventually die of indigestion rather than starvation, says professor and author Mohanbir Sawhney.

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