Startup Professionals Musings

5 Ways To Minimize Employee Negativity In Your Office

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all the time.

10 Signals That You Can Be A Trusted Business Leader

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Every entrepreneur and business leader believes that he or she has the full trust of their team and their customers, and in fact most do in the beginning. In my experience, most business professionals still believe in the old proverb, “ trust but verify.”

7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

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New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

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Great Entrepreneurs Rush To Embrace The Right Risks

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Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk.

7 Strategies To Make You A Business Leader Role Model

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We are living in a new generation of business, where customers drive the experience, and highly engaged employees are required to keep up with customer expectations. Traditional business leadership practices, including autocratic, reactive, and narcissistic, aren’t good enough.

If These Quotes Could Be You, Don’t Try A New Startup

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Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

7 Characteristics Of People Who Drive Global Change

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By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.

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We Need Entrepreneurs Who Think Like Revolutionaries

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The realm of an entrepreneur is all about change, but in my experience as a mentor to business founders, I hear too much about incremental change, and not enough about revolutionary change.

5 Strategies For Building Winning People Connections

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In the entrepreneur world, it’s still a popular misconception that the “idea” is everything.

How To Check Your Ethics Before A Business Decision

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Most business leaders I know clearly understand the difference between legal and illegal activities, but often are not so clear on the line between ethical and unethical. Unfortunately, there is no universal code of business ethics , written down and enforced by some external governing body.

3 Elements Of Business Planning Drive Future Success

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Your business can’t be all things to all people, and excel at anything. Every entrepreneur and every business needs a strategy to keep them focused. In fact, in this new world of pervasive interactivity, it’s time to rethink even how to develop a strategy.

6 Ways The Business Social Media Players Are Changing

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Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities?

10 Symptoms Of An Entrepreneur Who Is Nearly Broken

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If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing.

How Idea People Can Transform Into Visionary Leaders

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A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?”

6 Lessons For Business Leaders From Military Training

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You have to be extra tough mentally to start a new business venture.

New Venture Equity As Compensation Is A Long-Term Bet

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Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire or better? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?”

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Office Relationships Are Key, But Affairs Are Trouble

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We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

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Base Your New Venture On These New Technology Trends

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A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I wish it was that easy.

How To Manage Online Reviews and Business Reputation

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Since most small business owners are justifiably proud of the service they deliver, they don’t even anticipate a negative online review or threat to their reputation, until it happens. Unfortunately, trying to recover after the fact is tough.

8 Change Triggers Every Entrepreneur Must Spot Early

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When the economy tanks as it did in the last recession, that’s a strong signal that things have to change, and it’s hard to miss. But most of us in business have to deal most of the time with weak signals, or change that is happening in a far more subtle way.

10 Key Components Of Every New Venture Strategic Plan

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Deciding to be an entrepreneur is a lifestyle move, and should be part of a long-term strategic plan. You shouldn’t be making this decision just because you are mad at your boss, or you would like to be rich, or someone else thinks you have a good idea.

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8 Strategies To Avoid The Entrepreneur Arrogance Trap

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In my years of mentoring entrepreneurs, a problem I have seen too often is low self-esteem, and over-compensating through arrogance and ego. These entrepreneurs find it hard to respect customers or team members, and their ventures usually fail.

8 Keys To Business Success For Entrepreneur Introverts

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It really is possible for an introvert to succeed as an entrepreneur, even though you can’t expect to start and build a business alone. You need to build business relationships with partners, team members, investors, and of course customers.

10 Academic Courses To Kickstart Your Business Career

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I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken.

Some Good Startups Don’t Qualify For Equity Investors

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Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money.

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6 Founder Actions That Can Kill A Promising Business

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In my experience as an advisor to entrepreneurs, business startup founders most often point to a shortage of funds as the primary cause of their startup failure.

10 Tips On Managing An Overwhelming Business Workload

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One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends. Having too much on your plate can turn your dream into a nightmare.

10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

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Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

6 Key Ideas For Moving Your Business Up Another Level

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A theme I often hear from the entrepreneurs and startups I advise is that once they see that first surge of traction from customers, they can relax and enjoy life for a change. The reality could not be further from the truth.

8 Indications Of An Entrepreneur Sought By Investors

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An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

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Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create.

10 Keys To Making Money By Investing In Entrepreneurs

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Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

Real Entrepreneurs Must Make Good Decisions Quickly

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Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same.

8 Actions To Ignite Engagement For You And Your Team

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Based on my own experience as a business professional, employees who are not seriously engaged in the business should be totally obvious to everyone, including the manager or CEO. Yet many managers and executives seem to ignore the situation, or have no idea how to fix it.

5 Tips to Gain From People Who Don’t Think Like You

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One thing we all have to learn in business is how to work with and lead people that are not like you , and don’t think like you. In my experience as a business advisor, that’s probably the biggest hurdle to success encountered by every new business owner.

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How New Ventures Can Avoid Conventional Media Costs

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The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

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6 Myths On Starting A New Business That Can Kill You

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Starting a new business is fraught with challenges, and none of us has the bandwidth to kill them all.

7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

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In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

8 Steps To Stop Killing Yourself As A Micro-Manager

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For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

Driving Your Team With Fear Has Negative Consequences

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Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

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Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle.

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

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In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

10 Realities Today Cause Startups To Bypass An IPO

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In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate back before 2000.

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