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The Power of Problems • Instead of trying to avoid problems, what if we saw them as progress?
‘I’m Looking For Someone Who Has to Make It Big’ • After 14 seasons on Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran has seen a pattern: The most successful entrepreneurs approach business with a mixture of ambition and humility.
Hands-On or Hands-Off? • How do you balance between giving your team autonomy and leading them to success? Here, six leaders share what works for them.
Do Not ‘Agree to Disagree’ • That’s just called ‘avoiding the issue.’ There’s a better way to handle disagreements—and for the guys behind Smart Passive Income, it became their guiding principle.
Can a Boss and an Employee Swap Roles? • These two women at the creative agency Marine Lane did it, and they say it’s the perfect arrangement. Here, they extol the virtues of what they call the ‘boomerang boss.’
This Word Helps You Go Viral • It’s hard to light up the internet. But according to one of today’s hottest viral agencies, it becomes a little easier when you take this approach.
Gear to Kick Off the Year • 2023 is all about mixing business with pleasure. Emmy Award-winning gear expert Mario Armstrong has the latest equipment to get you going.
Go Ahead, Steal a Leadership Style • To become the best leader you can be, you must start by being a version of the leaders you most admire.
EVERY. LITTLE. DETAIL. • Do you obsess? Overthink? Plan to perfection? BLAKE LIVELY used to hide those instincts in herself—but by learning to channel them, she built a business that’s selling millions.
HOW TO OVERCOME ANYTHING • The last few years have turned our world upside down, and many see dark clouds on the horizon. It’s tempting to let regret, grief, or fear consume us. But if we are not in control of what happens, we are also far from helpless. Here are four ways to conquer crisis when it comes your way.
LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE A CRISIS • No one likes a catastrophe, but when we’re in survival mode, the path forward becomes clearer. That’s a useful mindset to cultivate, for good times and bad.
BREAKING THE FEAR CIRCUIT • Too often, our thoughts spiral into the gap between our anxieties about the future and the reality of our circumstances. As a therapist, here’s how I help clients stop their fears from becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.
STOP OBSESSING OVER ‘WHAT IF?’ • It’s natural. It’s unproductive. And with a little work, you can take back control of your thoughts.
TAP INTO YOUR EMOTIONAL EMERGENCY FUND • We get back what we put out, we’re told. But if loss sends us spiraling, and we have nothing left to give, how do we survive? Cyndie Spiegel knows something about that.
I Saw the Sign
WELCOME TO THE FRANCHISE 500
WHAT MAKES A WINNER • Our 2023 list can tell you a lot about what it takes to succeed.
TOP 10 • MEET THE LEADERS OF THE FRANCHISE 500
1 Taco Bell • It’s #1 for the third year in a row. What keeps the cravings so strong? The brand has mastered the risky art of being cool—by paying close attention to both outsiders and insiders.
3 Jersey Mike’s
4 The UPS Store
7 Ace Hardware
9 Hampton by Hılton
THE FRANCHISE 500’S BIG MOVERS • Some brands leapt more than 100 spots on our list this year....