Need to Attract Top Talent? You May Be Under-Investing in This One Area

Doug Conant, the former Campbell Soup CEO, is known, in part, for the thousands of thank you notes he hand wrote. It was a daily practice for Conant. When employees feel valued and recognized for high performance, they will want to continue to show up and do their best work. A culture of caring is not one that is nice. Instead, it is one that marries empathy, compassion, and high-performance expectations.

How the Youngest Member of the Kardashian Clan Quietly Built an $800 Million Business

Still, Jenner insists that her business idea came from a common, if uncomfortable, human experience: a lack of confidence. Two years ago, as half-sisters Kim and Khloé began generating serious business through their own ventures–mobile gaming and fashion, respectively–Jenner was at a loss for what to do, recently telling the Evening Standard that she felt insecure about the size of her lips and turned to makeup as a solution. In the summer of 2014, she patented and trademarked the phrase “Kylie Lip Kits,” and put $250,000 of her modeling earnings toward producing a limited-edition product line. When those sold out immediately, Kris helped her to ink a series of manufacturing and distribution deals with third parties, effectively turning a passion project into a bona fide business. By the end of 2016, her first year in business, the company had reportedly generated some $307 million, according to Forbes. 

The Moonshot To Create The Next Google

What’s wrong with that? Well, if high-powered RD is the source of new ideas, then Google, Facebook,, Netflix, Apple, Tesla, Uber, and myriad other disruptive companies all should have been invented by incumbents. None were! Yes, they all stood on the shoulders of vast research efforts before them. For instance, in the case of search, there were no less than 30 text retrieval vendors in the 1990s. Some of the leading ones, such as Basis and Verity came directly out of Battle labs and well funded research from the Intelligence community. But Google was not one of the 30.

Hate Flying? Here Are 4 Travel Alternatives For Your Business Trip

But between all the conferences and meetings with stakeholders, planes sometimes feel like a necessary evil. After all, how else are you supposed to get around? The good news is that there are multiple ways to travel that don’t involve flying, but are still comfortable, affordable, and won’t affect productivity. Here are four alternatives for business travel that don’t involve taking a plane.

To Retain Your Best Employees, Ask These 17 Essential Questions

Worried about losing your most talented employees? According to The Wall Street Journal, you should be: “A strong economy gives workers to seek better positions and higher pay,” the Journal reports. In fact, the U.S. Labor Department’s data shows that 3.4 million workers quit their jobs in April (the month for which the most recent statistics are available). That number approached the peak for resignations in 2001.

These Founders Couldn’t Afford Traditional Employee Benefits, So They Did Something Even Better 

Allyson Conklin, founder of Allyson Conklin Public Relations, hits the road with her employees. “What I’ve discovered over the past few years is that my employees, who are mostly millennials, choose to work at my company because of the work/life balance, mentorship, and growth opportunities. So, we offer more non-traditional benefits,” says Conklin. One of those benefits is what Conklin calls an annual enrichment trip. “After an employee has worked for me for a year, I give them the opportunity to choose a conference or event that we can attend together. It doesn’t necessarily need to relate to PR, but instead can be something that will ignite inspiration and growth in their career and personal life and will give us the opportunity to connect one-on-one outside of the office.”

2 VCs Reveal Brilliant Advice for Raising Startup Capital

Keith Figlioli, a General Partner of Boston-based LRV Health, who before getting into the venture capital world helped Premier, a healthcare informatics company, go from $800 million to $1.5 billion in revenue before raising an IPO — looks for companies that can grow what he calls “high quality” revenue. As he said, “Not all revenue is good. Unless there is a good product/market fit, the revenue could be episodic. I want sustainable, recurring revenue per member per month.”