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6 Important needs for great networking

Taffy Williams

 Let''s tag team the intros with the crowd! I have had discussions with young entrepreneurs that felt networking was not worth the effort. They commented that it was impossible to meet big name people of interest to them in the bars and events.

Rebuilding after failure

Taffy Williams

Remember, storms pass and the sun will come out again! Most entrepreneurs’ recognize their companies may not succeed and they might even fail. Often, there is no preparation for possible failure or the horrible feelings afterward that follow.

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Agile entrepreneurs know anything is possible

Taffy Williams

YES YOU CAN! It is easy to develop a negative attitude or receive advice from negative people. This is especially true when tackling difficult situations. In my first turnaround, I was repeatedly told to walk away from the company because of major failings in the financial market place.

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Insights - Top 10 Startup Blog Articles of 2015

Taffy Williams

Reference: Top 10 posts at the end of 2015 Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. via @amazon.

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4 Ways entrepreneurs optimize time

Taffy Williams

Agile thinking is similar to playing chess! Thinking agile is a bit like playing chess. Many moves are possible, but planning several moves ahead and considering possible counter moves is essential to beating advanced players. The same is true in fighting a battle.

3 Considerations that may improve customer experience

Taffy Williams

Yes, this is the call center! No one here knows how to help you; Good Bye! Learning what not to do is one essential part of any entrepreneurial learning experience. Finding examples of what not to do come from everyday life because problems frequently occur.

2 Considerations for agile succession planning

Taffy Williams

You may recall the character Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The comedy character was fashioned to resemble Mike Myers character, “ Dr. Evil ”.

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CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin

Taffy Williams

???? That CEO said WHAT? One of the many tasks a CEO performs is engaging and explaining the company to the investment community. They may use a positive spin to present their data in the best manner.

6 Areas a startup CEO must learn

Taffy Williams

CEOs must learn to wear many Hats! A CEO of a startup has many responsibilities when creating a company for the first time. Everyone has a high level of dependence on the person leading the company and that person must meet all expectations of staff, the board, and investors.

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5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

Taffy Williams

Guess we should have checked before coming! Small businesses are the back bone to our nation’s economy. But old-school business models are no longer cutting it when small businesses face unexpected changes. These changes could be large scale, affecting their industry or even the nation.

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4 Fears that may motivate entrepreneurs

Taffy Williams

You must overcome fear if you want to climb to the top! Discussions with entrepreneurs taking the role of a CEO often highlight emotions many may experience. It is rather common that an entrepreneur may choose to leave a job to start a new business.

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4 Ways that help a business standout

Taffy Williams

Can you pick out the more expensive bird? Attend any major business conference and chances are you will find competitors to your business. Observing show rooms or speaking with other entrepreneurs helps one learn about how other businesses market their offerings.

Agile success generates great feelings

Taffy Williams

Yes, it is a bit like THIS! Highs and lows are part of being an entrepreneur. No matter how hard you try there will be failures and successes. Finding ways to convert failures to successes generates a great sense of satisfaction.

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4 Actions help entrepreneurs avoid getting trapped

Taffy Williams

It is your choice to walk through or avoid this web! Spiders create elaborate webs to trap their food. They spend long hours creating intricate patterns in places potential prey might visit.

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4 Ways to stay on top of your game

Taffy Williams

Where will you be if lightning strikes your business? Agile Thinking ” is a skill that can be developed and sharpened. The skill can help one become better positioned to take advantage of significant events or even help create those significant events.

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Insights - 4 Ways Agile Entrepreneurs Can Optimize Their Time

Taffy Williams

Reference Article : 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs optimize time Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. entrepreneur leadership management optimize Startup time

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4 Sources of business intelligence often overlooked by entrepreneurs

Taffy Williams

Spend more time engaging sources than trying to extract every last penny! Business planning requires a knowledge of the commercial landscape and potential competition.

6 Facts entrepreneurs must know about failure

Taffy Williams

Hiding is not the best action after failure! A topic covered extensively by many entrepreneurial writers is FAILURE. Many startups are going to fail and the sooner it is recognized the better off you will be.

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Agile thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve success

Taffy Williams

Choose your path wisely! It is easy to stay locked in to a rigid way of thinking and in performance of activities. When traveling, you see a road and proceed down the path until you find an impediment or blockage. Then what do you do?

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Insights on - 6 Facts entrepreneurs must know about failure

Taffy Williams

Reference: 6 Facts entrepreneurs must know about failure Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog. Connect with him on LinkedIn , Twitter @twilli2861 , ColonialTDC , Facebook , and Startup Group.

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4 Ways entrepreneurs pay it forward

Taffy Williams

 Wouldn't life be better if everyone did a little to " pay it forward ?" Entrepreneurs work very hard 24/7! They create startups and strive to build their businesses that create countless jobs. They encounter many struggles and often receive little thanks for their efforts.

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Dream big but act wisely

Taffy Williams

 I am studying medicine to be a doctor, but maybe I should consider alternatives. Entrepreneurs tend to be dreamers. They see the future of an idea and try to turn it into a reality. There is no age limitation to being an entrepreneur or a dreamer.

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5 Actions improve decision making

Taffy Williams

Rational decisions should move you closer to that light at the end of a tunnel! Making decisions can often be hampered by fear and by complexity of a corporate structure. The wrong decision may get you fired or cost the loss of your business.

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7 short hints for startups and entrepreneurs

Taffy Williams

If you are not following our Facebook page, you may be missing the short topic advice segments along with photos. The following are a few of the ones that attracted the most attention. I hope you like them. Business can be like being a dog in a dog sled race!

6 Steps help entrepreneurs in an exceedingly tight spot

Taffy Williams

Things often look rosy after you see a way through the maze! It may seem a bit odd for an entrepreneur to consider prayer as a means of managing a difficult situation, but the words of the “ Serenity Prayer ” may help in extremely stressful situations.

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Top 10 posts at the end of 2014

Taffy Williams

Over the last few years, I have added more than 243 posts on the Startup Blog. I have also added more than 152 posts to the Examiner. The following list contains the 10 top posts from Startup Blog. Some actually are from prior years, but attracted attention to make the cutoff. I hope you enjoy them!

Insights - 4 Ways To Help Your Business Standout

Taffy Williams

Reference: 4 Ways that help a business standout Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed to via Amazon. entrepreneur marketing markets sales Startup

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Insights - 4 Steps to reduce tunnel vision

Taffy Williams

Reference: 4 Steps to reduce tunnel vision Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed to via Amazon. entrepreneur planning Startup success team Think Agile

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Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

Taffy Williams

Reference Articles: Investors and partners may not think agile CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. E mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.

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Agile and non-agile entrepreneurs must communicate clearly

Taffy Williams

It is impossible to know what is being communicated in these! Some people are able to see a problem and rapidly determine solutions; the problem may be business or non-business.

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Top 10 posts at the end of 2015

Taffy Williams

Over the last few years, I have added more than 276 posts on the Startup Blog. The following list contains the 10 top posts for the year ending 2015. Some actually are from prior years, but attracted attention to make the cutoff. I hope you enjoy them!

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Focus is important but so is agile thinking

Taffy Williams

You must learn when to take your " eyes off the ball "! Entrepreneurs must learn to balance two skills and know when to use them; a) Focus and, b) Agile Thinking. Focus is driven into entrepreneurs by investors and experienced managers.

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3 Factors leading to a valuable business

Taffy Williams

Are they a must have or a nice to have? Product ideas are always great to the inventor and they often see the idea through rose colored glasses. Inventors occasionally transition to entrepreneurs and create startups to exploit the inventions.

Agile Teams improve chances of success

Taffy Williams

Follow me and I will help you grow! Entrepreneurs go through extremes rarely experienced by the normal work force. These entrepreneurs are forced to learn a broader range of information in order to run a business.

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Agile leaders take care in what they say to others

Taffy Williams

Take care in what you say ! Many years ago a professor said something that altered my life. Strange that in speaking with him recently he never realized the profound effect from a simple comment yelled at me when he was busy.

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Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. The objective is to work hard and accomplish great things. Employees or founders are easily distracted and engage in activities that cause them to spend time and energy achieving their objectives.

Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile Success

Taffy Williams

Referenced Articles: Agile thinking requires forward contingency planning Agile success generates great feelings Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn , Twitter @twilli2861 , ColonialTDC , photo website , Google+ , Facebook , and Startup Group. He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book: Think Agile. contingency entrepreneur Startup Think Agile

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Top 10 posts at the end of 2016

Taffy Williams

Over the last few years, I have added more than 288 posts to the Startup Blog. The following list contains the 10 top posts for the year ending 2016. Some actually are from prior years, but attracted attention to make the cutoff. I hope you enjoy them!

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4 Entrepreneurship lessons learned by selling Girl Scout cookies

Taffy Williams

Learn to never give up and communicate effectively at an early age! This is the season of buying Girl Scout cookies. Think of the process of going door-to-door or standing outside buildings and selling those cookies.

Entrepreneurs must learn to face this very difficult decision

Taffy Williams

I did all I could do! Entrepreneurs are a highly dedicated group focused on newly created businesses. Running a business is a strong part of an entrepreneur’s life and they develop a never give up attitude.