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7 Business Lessons You Can Learn From A 7-Year-Old

Parents, it’s never too early to start nurturing entrepreneurial talents in your kids! As an active business advisor and angel investor, I’m convinced that we are rapidly entering a new age of the entrepreneur, and those who are best prepared will be the first to reap some big rewards. You may think you need more […]

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10 Guidelines For Storytelling To Hype Your Startup

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far. Stories often work better, because humans don’t always make rational decisions. […]

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Create a Better Work Day

Many people find it difficult to maintain a healthy balance between their work and their home life, but there are ways that can assist you with finding peace and a number of tips that can be a big help in doing so. One good tip is to clean up your office. This may sound silly, […]

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6 Ways To Spot Innovative Thinkers For Your Startup

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it. A few years ago I read a classic book […]

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10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me When I Was 18

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou Can you remember what it was like? Becoming an adult. Having to take responsibility for your life. Having the world opening up to you. Having to suddenly start making decisions and setting a clear direction for your […]

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5 New Rules For Marketing In This Participation Age

Have you noticed that more companies beg you to participate in their business today? It started with an email survey on your last stay at their hotel, but now includes requests for online product reviews, to social media input on the design of future products. They do it because engaged customers become loyal advocates and […]

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Is Your Leadership Style Motivating or Demoralizing?

Every business leader realizes their primary objective is to motivate people to do what is required, yet all of us with any experience in business tend to remember most those times when we felt highly demotivated by our leaders. Since I can’t imagine any leader demoralizing their team intentionally, I’ve concluded that the challenge must […]

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Educating the Accidental Manager!

The majority of business owners are accidental managers who have no formal training in managing employees.  In fact, managing employees is often very far from the business owner’s mind when they start their business.  Unfortunately for them, being able to effectively manage employees is a vital skill they must develop if they ever want to […]

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9 Steps To A Balanced Business – Purpose vs Execution

I’m a big proponent of building your business based on a higher purpose, rather than financial gain alone. Today I find that some entrepreneurs, are putting all their focus on a social or environmental cause, and perhaps naively expect that purpose alone will lead to a sustainable business. The reality is that purpose must be […]

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5 Indications That Your Startup Is Poised For Success

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage. Les McKeown, in his classic book “Predictable Success” outlines these […]

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