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The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization composed of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

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What would you do if the presentation content you prepared suddenly became inappropriate or irrelevant minutes before you’re scheduled to speak? That’s exactly what happened to Brad L., a project manager and civil engineer:

“I recently presented at a daylong engineering conference. I prepared and knew the material well enough to present in my sleep. However, as I listened to each of the speakers preceding me, I became increasingly anxious as I realized that 75% of my presentation was being covered by others.[…] Continue Reading »

In my 25-plus years as a consultant, I have worked with hundreds of executive teams — leadership teams in multinational organizations, small businesses, for-profits, not-for-profits, government organizations, and everything in between.

What I have found is that 90% of those leadership “teams” are not teams, at all. In fact, most executive “teams” are a group of individual senior leaders who meet on a regular basis to battle each other for limited resources.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How much did your college experience contribute to your success as a leader?

  • Tremendously — I am forever indebted to my alma mater: 13%
  • A lot — My college education has had a big impact on my career: 31%
  • Somewhat — It’s contributed but only in certain areas: 28%
  • Not much — My success doesn’t have a lot to do with my education: 22%
  • Not at all — I didn’t attend college or it hasn’t contributed at all: 7%

Hail alma mater dear.[…] Continue Reading »

May is the month of new beginnings. Just ask any recent graduate with a freshly minted diploma clasped tightly in hand.

They’ve slogged through the salt mines of advanced programming, navigated the carbon bonds of organic chemistry and agonized through weeklong problem sets in engineering. They’ve labored to understand the relevance of Cicero’s speeches to modern political rhetoric, and poured through thousands of pages of literature in search of an insight from Shakespeare or Thoreau that they could apply to the world they will inherit.[…] Continue Reading »