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Moving from “doer” to “manager” is seldom a smooth transition. One of the most difficult components of this move lies in understanding when to stop doing and when to start managing. And yes, they are different skill sets.

When I first moved up the career ladder from individual contributor to supervisor -- now nearly 30 years ago -- my boss fed me some age-old wisdom: “Do what only you can (and should) do. Delegate everything else.” I felt a burden lifted off of my shoulders. Yet, it wasn’t as simple as he made it sound. Nearly three decades later, I still haven’t perfected the art.

Related: The 3 Tasks All Entrepreneurs Must Give Up Immediately

The truth is, even with the majority of entrepreneurs and senior-level executives I coach, delegation doesn’t come easily. Why? The points below may e...

The following article is based on excerpts of Javier Hasse’s book Start Your Own Cannabis Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Finding financing for a business is never easy. Even when small business loans are accessible, loan payments and interests can often be an unbearable burden for a startup.

Now, if finding

With tax day now in the rearview mirror, profits and losses are likely to be uppermost in the minds of business owners -- people who get up every day trying to make payroll. Small businesses are the powerhouse of the economy, the mitochondrial DNA of our economic body, converting effort into the energy that fuels the country.

Related: 5 Ways to Drive Leads and Double Your Profits

What's more, all of those small businesses were started by entrepreneurs making use of their skills, passions and interests, and doing something so important to them that it gets them up in the morning. Still, entrepreneurs aren't infallible: Most have areas and functions that they studiously avoid, prompting them to hit the snooze alarm on tasks they dread.

Yet avoidan

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What Tariffs Mean for Small Businesses

Tariffs are a big topic in the news lately, as the United States, China and other countries have been dragged into a debate on trade deficits, intellectual property theft and other trade-related disagreements. Whatever you think of tariffs being right or wrong, they are rearing their head in the headlines, and both the United States and China have enacted new punitive tariffs against each other. The impact of tariffs goes far beyond newspapers and has real-world effects on businesses of all sizes. Read on to learn how tariffs may impact your small business.

What are tariffs?

Simply put, tariffs are taxes on foreign imports. But there is a lot more to know about tariffs than that. Tariffs are typically very specific taxes on very specific imports and are often targeted to h

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Listening

Practice This Important Skill to Get Your Way Every Day

"Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak." -- Richard Branson

Did you know that an anagram for the word listen is silent? As an entrepreneur, have you ever found yourself frustrated trying to speak to someone who would not be silent and simply listen?

Related: Effective Communication Is Something You Learn, Not Something You're Born With

Whether you were immersed in a conversation with a client, at a company meeting or stuck in the negotiation of a business deal, it can be annoying when someone interrupts the flow of things, stealing away from your experience. It can be especially difficult when you have an u
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Communication Strategies

Engage and Inspire Your Team by Talking to Them Outside of Formal Settings

Every CEO needs an executive communications strategy to align and motivate employees around the vision, mission and goals of the organization. Large organizations have corporate communications specialists who can help develop that strategy. Smaller organizations may not have the same resources, but communicating to a smaller workforce in one location nonetheless requires a thoughtful approach and just as much tactful skill.

Related: 14 Proven Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills

As a leader, you will spend a lot of time developing the messages you want to deliver to your employees, customers, partners and investors. And, while a lot of time is spent on the messages to be communicated, you often forget that how you communicate is just as important. This is especially true when communicat...

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Cannabis

Where to Find Funding for a Cannabis Business

The following article is based on excerpts of Javier Hasse’s book Start Your Own Cannabis Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Finding financing for a business is never easy. Even when small business loans are accessible, loan payments and interests can often be an unbearable burden for a startup.

Now, if finding

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Reveals the Art of Being a Self-Made Millionaire

Nipsey Hussle is arguably hip-hop's hottest star right now, with his much-anticipated album release of Victory Lap. Hussle has been making his name from a steady stream of mixtapes including 2013’s Crenshaw, which he sold at $100 a pop, netting $100,000 in the process. He's collaborated with artists like YG, Diddy and Jeezy. His record label All In Records recently partnered with Atlantic Records to increase his distribution, and he's turning the industry on its head by owning the rights to his music. He's an entrepreneur in every sense with multiple businesses including his record label and his clothing brand The Marathon Company, and he's even an early investor in some blockchain-based startups. Hussle kicks off Season ...

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Success

Addicted to Your Business? Never Satisfied? It's Not a Bad Thing.

Are you an addict? Those four simple words make many people feel uncomfortable. The human tendency is to automatically assume the question refers to consuming illegal narcotics or engaging in high-risk behaviors with potentially life-threatening consequences. In many instances, the word "addiction" has negative connotations. But along the business spectrum, being addicted to the thrill that comes from building success upon success can unlock doors to nearly endless possibilities.

Entrepreneurship encourages -- even rewards -- addictive personalities. This single-mindedness can lead down pathways that reveal new strategies, services, products and lucrative financial opportunities. The progress at companies such as Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Tesla derives from company cultures that thrive whe...

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Project Grow

4 Ways to Inspire Your Team Every Single Day

You might be able to succeed as a "lone wolf," but scaling your business will be nearly impossible. It's imperative to bring together a team to support your mission, whatever it is. When you have the right team in place, the next step is to inspire (not motivate) that team.

Related: 17 Inspirational TED Talks on Motivation (Infographic)

I firmly believe that motivation is only a short-term fix. Inspiration is what carries us over the long term, connected to what is driving us to pursue our potential.

Think about it. You can be motivated to do pretty much anything for one day, whether it is sending email invites to an event or spending time with your in-laws.

Inspiration is the difference maker when it comes to maximizing your potential. Metaphorically speaking, motivation is skin deep; inspira...

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Project Grow

11 Quotes on Life and Love From Former First Lady Barbara Bush

When former First Lady Barbara Bush penned her autobiography, her editor placed limits on the frequency with which she could use the words “close friend,” “wonderful” (once per page) and “precious” (once per chapter). She was widely known for her loving nature, her positive outlook on life and her sharp wit. “Not bad to have had a life that was filled with wonderful people and happenings, precious family, and many close friends,” she pointedly wrote on the first page of her memoir.

In honor of Bush’s passing on Tuesday at age 92, here are some of her most enduring pieces of wisdom -- and a few trademark zingers -- about literacy, love and life.

On life:

“Love brings a tear. Friends bring a tear. A smile, sweetness, even a kind word brings a tear. In a life of privilege there are lots of tears...

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Project Grow

Creatively Blocked? These 32 Founders Share Their Most Effective Strategies.

Most of us are well acquainted with that sinking feeling that occurs when you hit a creative wall. But you shouldn't let that blinking cursor on the blank page intimidate you.

Even though it might seem like your idea well has run dry and innovation is a finite resource, that is simply not true. Everyone's brain operates differently and the way one person gets out of a creative rut will not necessarily work for someone else.

But if you find yourself stuck and in need of a new tactic to get your brain working again, we asked 32 founders the strategies they swear by.

Here is what they had to say:

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Google

How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company -- big tech companies in particular -- that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data -- from email and photos to videos and documents -- is Google.

The Google Privacy Policy has been "updated" 28 times since its inception in 1999 -- including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious.

But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on May 25, 2018, Google and others will have to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GD

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How To

15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google Photos

Many of us have thousands of photos and videos on our phones, and although it’s so easy to take them, it’s less clear how to keep them organized and transfer them to other devices.

In the age of cloud computing and artificial intelligence, you don’t need a cord to backup your photos. You don’t even need to be near your computer. And you certainly shouldn’t be emailing them or messaging them to yourself. There are simpler, more streamlined alternatives, such as Google Photos.

Related:  20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google Search

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How to Reset a Bad Work Day

Most people don’t wake up ready to start the day like Snow White singing to her helpful little birds. Most days you get caught up in the hustle and bustle and have to push through, and then, there are the bad days when you’re just not feeling it.

The alarm goes off late. Your forehead is pounding, and your body feels like a semi-truck has hit it. Your computer crashes and destroys your assignment hours before the deadline. Your supervisor has taken micromanagement to the next level. You have to work through lunch, and it’s not even the afternoon yet.

Everyone has one of those days. You may feel like it’s your fault, but it’s not. Most of the time, these stressful situations are outside of your control, but you can monitor, accept and reset your reactions. To get started, try these five tips ...

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