1. Meet Our New Columnist

Jason Fried, co-founder of the software company 37signals, will be joining Inc. as a columnist. In Rework, a book he co-authored due out this month, Fried outlines his counterintuitive approach to managing a company. Join him on March 8 for a live chat on Inc.com, during which he will answer readers' questions on managing people, dealing with customer complaints, and more. www.inc.com

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Nadine Heintz, editor of The Goods, reports on e-readers for businesses, cloud-friendly hardware, tablets, mobile TV for road warriors, and greener desktops.

Succession planning raises a series of thorny questions. Among them: Who should run the business, and how quickly should the transfer of authority occur? This step-by-step guide will help you get started.

Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has parlayed his fame into more than a dozen business ventures and two hit shows on MTV. Join Inc.com on a tour of his Los Angeles offices, which feature an indoor skate plaza, zip line, and foam pit.

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Q&A: The Secret to Working Smarter

An updated version of Timothy Ferriss's book, The 4-Hour Workweek, has just been released. The 2007 bestseller has become a favorite of business owners -- a group not known for their relaxation skills. Inc. senior writer Max Chafkin talked with the author last year about his decidedly laissez-faire attitude toward company building.

How do you define "work"?

Work is an activity that is financially driven or one that you'd like to do less of. But it's important not to take the title of my book literally. The objective of the book is to help people regain control of time.

Your book has been praised by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen and venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Why do you think it has resonated with these hard chargers?

I think they like the idea of eliminating the non-essentials and reestablishing barriers. Many successful people, despite having made hundreds of millions of dollars, are still driven by guilt.


Yes, guilt that you're not working hard enough. Guilt that you're being lazy. Guilt that you're not paying your dues. I'm all for hard work when it's applied to the right things. But only when it's applied to the right things.

So how do you get over your guilt?

You need to emotionally condition yourself to the point where you're comfortable declining almost everything. That can involve media fasts or silence retreats, where you don't talk for 48 hours.

What can an overworked entrepreneur do right now in order to work less?

Do an 80/20 analysis. Identify the 20 percent of activities and clients that produce 80 percent of your revenue, and then the 20 percent of activities and clients that consume 80 percent of your time. Then, set a reminder to pop up on your computer three times per day that asks, "Am I being productive or am I just being busy?"

For more on personal productivity, see "The United States of Productivity". To read an extended version of this interview, go to "The Secrets of Super-Productive CEOs"

Are you running a fast-growing company?

If so, you should apply for the 2010 Inc. 500|5000 ranking -- "the most prestigious business accolade for aspiring entrepreneurs," according to Lexy Funk, CEO of Brooklyn Industries, a clothing retailer that has made the list four years in a row. To view the application and learn more about the criteria, go to www.inc.com/inc5000apply/2010.

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