“Why don’t employees do what we tell them to do?” is a question you hear a lot in business. It implies that employees are intentionally misbehaving, frustrating company leaders, and ignoring instructions. It also implies that they think they have a better idea of what they should be doing than company leaders do. But here’s …

What makes a brand iconic? For me, it is the story behind the brand that draws me toward it. And it isn’t just about the story of the brand’s formation that intrigues me, but more about how the founders of the company believed so much in their brand that they left no stone unturned to …

The reasons why startups and businesses fail have been written about exhaustively. But what about what makes them succeed? The media makes us firmly believe that the main ingredient of a successful startup has to do with its product or industry, namely that in order to get an idea off the ground and into the …

How we view ourselves is not what defines our personal brand. In fact, our perception of ourselves matters very little. Our personal brand is actually how others perceive us. It is vital, though, to understand that it is up to each and every leader to control their own brand. If you don’t, there is a …

Branding is a constantly evolving and dynamic exercise, and crucial to the success of any business. Smaller companies can benefit greatly from unique branding as a way to stand out from competition – especially since 50% fail in the first year and 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs don’t make it past 18 months. One exercise, …

You may have a great idea for a startup. Your proposition is unique, innovative, it fills a gap in the market, and you’ve received lots of positive feedback. So what’s holding you back? Fear. According to a survey by FindLaw.com, two-thirds of American adults have thought about starting their own business, but only a third …

An expert in ‘getting noticed’ and building a platform of influence online, Leonard, is a successful content creator and influencer, as well as Managing Partner of InfluenceTree. Let’s get talking – entrepreneur insights, building a personal brand, and growth hacking your social media following… with Leonard Kim. BQ  –  What’s the best piece of advice …

In the developed world, we’ve grown accustomed to associating the word “innovation” with the latest high-end technologies: more personalized apps; denser, more vibrant clusters of pixels; smarter cars.  Some of these innovations are premium enough to be exclusive to a select few, and while others remain free to the masses, they are all indisputably luxuries: …

Disruption.  Constant change.  Relentless innovation.  When was the last time you spent even an hour of your working day free from addressing these issues? This is not your father’s business environment. But is the role of the executive really so different from when you were climbing the ranks?  Sure, technology has advanced, but… isn’t leadership …

Companies today are eagerly seeking the answer to one essential question. How do we innovate? Today, 75% of companies say they’re committed to innovation as one of their top priorities.1 But most struggle to innovate. For many corporations, it’s like grabbing the wind in their hands. There must be a trick to it! Perhaps they …