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10 Strategies For Leaders To Drive Disruptive Change

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution. They consistently take bold steps to stay ahead of the curve, often contrary to […]

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10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today

I was mentoring some graduate students at a local university recently, and I sensed again that profit seems to be a dirty word these days to many aspiring entrepreneurs. I’m certainly not a fan of customer rip-offs, but even non-profits have to be cash-flow positive, or have deep pockets, to help anyone for long. Every […]

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Just starting out? Follow this savvy financial advice

College graduates just getting started on their lives and careers frequently struggle with finances.  Financial planner Sophia Berg recently offered these tips for staying afloat on the Daily Finance website:  Focus on priorities. Your best bet is to put these goals on the front burner: Build an emergency savings fund; pay down any high-interest debt […]

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The Introvert’s Hate/Hate Relationship With Spontaneity

“The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.” ~Miguel De Cervantes They say you should live in the present, and “they” form a chorus of voices that is growing in number by the second. Everywhere you turn these days, the message is loud and clear: life is better when you live in the […]

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4 Steps To Prepare Your Business For A Required Pivot

You will be pivoting your business in your lifetime, whether you are a new startup, or a mature company like Motorola or IBM. You can count on it and plan for it, or you wait for the next survival crisis brought your way by this rapidly changing world. You can even give it a more […]

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7 Rules For Innovations That Produce Dominant Players

Innovation doesn’t always make you a winner in business. In my role as an angel investor in startups, almost every pitch I see highlights some real innovation in technology, business model, or market opportunity. Yet only a few of these get funded, and even fewer become dominant players in their chosen space. The rest fail […]

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10 Strategies To Kick Up How You Will Be Remembered

Every entrepreneur and business leader waits too long before really working on the legacy that he wants to leave to society and his family. They realize too late that they don’t really want to be remembered for how many hours they spent on airplanes, how many emails they produced, or even how much money they […]

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So How Do I Know If My Employees Are Making a Good First Impression?

Awhile back I wrote a blog article about the importance of making a good first impression on your prospects (http://bit.ly/sblW7W). But how do you know if your employees are losing possible customers by making a bad first impression? One of the best ways is to “mystery shop” your own business or practice. You should do this […]

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Sometimes People Don’t Say Sorry—Why It Pays to Forgive Nonetheless

“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” ~Roberto Assagioli When I was a little girl, I used to wonder what my father was like. Was he a nice man? What did he look like? Did he think about me? Did he love me? But, above all I wondered why […]

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5 Keys To Satisfaction From Solving Market Challenges

Perhaps sparked by the now forgotten recession, I’m seeing a new era of the entrepreneur, with startups springing up all around. Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. They have an uncanny ability to find elegant, easy, and fast solutions to pain points in the marketplace, as […]

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