The Do’s and Don’ts When it Comes to Hiring Family

by Brandon Vallorani I cherish family. My parents taught me to value and nurture relationships with my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Growing up, my second cousin was my best friend. My aunt and I spent a lot of time together. My brother was best man in my wedding. In this transient and digital world in which we live, family can be the anchor that moors us to our past and serve as a compass for our future. I also love my businesses. I gained great experience working for my dad’s business through high school and college. As a serial entrepreneur, I have started and grown several businesses over the past decade, which has allowed me more freedom to spend time with my wife and children. And there’s nothing that makes me more proud than to give my two oldest children the opportunity to learn and earn at my company as they work through high school and college. Read the rest of this article at Smart Business Online Brandon Vallorani is a practiced entrepreneur and accomplished CEO. He is the founder of Liberty Alliance, LLC, a network of conservative news websites, which has been recognized by the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately owned businesses every year since 2012, and Vallorani Estates, a luxury brand of fresh-roasted coffee, wine and...

5 Reasons Our Meetings Aren’t Always in the Conference Room

by Brandon Vallorani The boardroom. It’s a hallowed hall where careers are born and billion-dollar ideas are hatched. Companies are merged and acquired across the tables of these frequented rooms. Of course, careers and dreams can end there, too. Those fateful words, “You’re fired!” were spoken in the boardroom on Donald Trump’s show, “The Apprentice,” enough times to make an iconic impression. As important as the boardroom is to your business, many leaders are discovering the benefits of taking their meetings elsewhere. As executive and entrepreneur, here are five reasons why I’ve chosen to vacate the boardroom in my business: Spark creativity: When your company uses the same room for every meeting, team members stare at the same four walls, gaze out the same windows, and likely sit in the same chair week after week. For years, the surroundings never change. Same equals stale. If your business is looking for a hot new product or a mind-altering marketing idea, try changing the environment. Taking your meeting outdoors, or even renting a boardroom in a new environment can ignite the spark of creativity you need to excel. Read the rest of the reasons to take meetings outside the board room at Smart Brief   Brandon Vallorani is a practiced entrepreneur and accomplished CEO. He founded an Inc. 5000 media conglomerate, which has been recognized by the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately owned businesses every year since 2012. Vallorani has now has shifted his focus to Vallorani Estates, a luxury brand of fresh-roasted coffee, wine, cigars and olive...

15 Traits of the Ideal Employee

When hiring for any size business, it’s not what the candidates know today.  Information can always be taught.  The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees. Regardless of industry, pay, age or sex, all ideal employees share some common traits. Read the Full Article on Forbes.com >> Action-Oriented Intelligent Ambitious Autonomous Display Leadership Cultural Fit Upbeat Confident Successful Honest Detail-Oriented Modest Hardworking...

Creative Rituals You Should Steal

Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U they’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Below are some of our favorites. 1. Take a Quarterly Vacation 2. Hold a “Retrospective” After Projects 3. Write Every Day 4. Create an “Interesting People Fund” 5. Keep “Tear Sheets” to Get Inspired 6. Envision What You Will Be Remembered For 7. Brainstorm at the Bar 8. Get Out of the Building Read the Rest of the Article and the Interviews Here...

7 Sentences Successful People Are Never Heard Saying

Here are seven sentences you’ll never hear a successful person say because they contradict that unstoppable attitude. 1) I hate my job. 2) That’s not fair. 3) That’s not how it’s done here. 4) That’s not my job. 5) That’s impossible. 6) I could / should have. 7) I have no choice. Read the full article here...

7 Habits of Highly Persistent People

Attitude is everything. As Ford (and others before him) said, if you think you can or can’t – you’ll be right. When you think about a successful person, you likely think of a person who has exhibited the traits of persistence. What are the traits of persistence? Fast Company lists these 7 habits … An all consuming vision A burning desire Inner confidence Highly developed habits Ability to adjust and adapt Commitment to lifelong learning Role models that act as guides and mentors Read More...

48 Tips on Becoming More Powerful

Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power gave BusinessInsider.com permission to republish his examples developed from analyzing some of history’s most powerful icons. You can read all 48 here >> Never outshine the Master… Always say less than necessary…. Plan all the way to the end…. Think as you like but behave like others…. Read all 48 here >>...

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Six Rules of Success

Take 4 minutes to watch this powerful and inspirational video of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous speech, Six Rules of Success. I’ve shared it with friends, family and colleagues. They love it. Like me, it motivates them to accomplish great things in their lives. Here are the rules, but you need to watch the video to get the full effect. 1. Trust yourself 2. Break some rules 3. Don’t be afraid to fail 4. Ignore the naysayers 5. Work like hell 6. Give something back....

Words to Live Your Career By

I choose … to live by choice, not by chance. to be motivated, not manipulated. to be useful, and not used. to make changes, not excuses. to excel, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose my inner voice, not the random opinions of...