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The Makeup of an Entrepreneur - business.com - Business.com

The Makeup of an Entrepreneur - business.com - Business.com | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
The most successful entrepreneurs are able to see a creative outlet and thrive in the midst of societal changes.
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Great insights on what makes entrepreneurs successful... Create products that solve problems.  Capitalize on technological movements.  Fill voids in product lines. Good advise.

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What CEOs Have Learned About Social Media

What CEOs Have Learned About Social Media | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
A new study shows what’s changed.

Via CESSON
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What a difference 5 years can make.  CEO involvement has more than doubled.  Proof that business now see value in social media and digital content marketing. How about your business?

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CESSON's curator insight, May 28, 6:27 PM

Social media is good for business, and after 5 years of proof, CEOs are finally on the bandwagon.

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4 Ways to Access Your Creative Genius

4 Ways to Access Your Creative Genius | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
If you're constantly feeling blocked from your inner creativity, here are ways to help unleash your imagination.
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How do you improve your creativity?  The author suggests that you take the time to think and record your thoughts along the way...

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Defining What it is You Want is the First Step to Defining Success

Defining What it is You Want is the First Step to Defining Success | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
So how do you get from where you are to that successful destination? Well, the first step is to decide just what success means to you.
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The definition of success is different for everyone.  And as the author points out the more specific you can be in defining what success means to you the more successful you will be in achieving it.  Start today!


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The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is - Huffington Post

The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is - Huffington Post | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
We know that we need good business acumen, but we also need to have the emotional intelligence that allows us to effectively serve and care for team members.
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I am not sure if you can claim one skill to be the most important, but the collection of skills mentioned certainly are all important.  Vision and business acumen certainly also float to the top as well.  In addition, the ability to clearly communicate is one I always thought to be important.

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How to Hire Extraordinary Employees: 7 Rules

How to Hire Extraordinary Employees: 7 Rules | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Want an amazing work force? Use these rules to define the talents and skills you need--then bring them in the door.
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Hiring the right person is so important and difficult.  It has to be a fit for both the employer and the employee.  Here are a few good reminders that might help you.

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What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years

What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence?

Via Chad Manske
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Do you think leadership will be different in 20 years? The article mentions how leaders in the future will continue to push the boundaries of decision making into the organization and away from a central command post.  Maybe that is an effective approach for today as well.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, January 16, 9:11 AM

I am naturally skeptical when people try predicting the future.  Some of these notions in this piece ring true, yet others have already occurred in many forward-leaning organizations today--such as asking good questions, employee pulls and customer pulls.  Thus, I would contend that many leaders are already innovating and turning traditional leadership models on their head by moving in this direction.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 1, 8:00 AM

While no one knows what anything will look like 20 years form now here are some thoughts about leading" remove layers, ask questions,customer personalization, growth, and chaos learning. "

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make: Never Trying

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make: Never Trying | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.
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Couldn't agree more. Taking calculated risks is a key ingredient in future success. Finding ways to coach your employees to do the same is with the good of the company in mind will help you even more!

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CESSON's curator insight, December 22, 2014 3:06 PM

Great article with helpful reminders for business and life :)

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Where Entrepreneurs Spend Their Time on Social Media

Where Entrepreneurs Spend Their Time on Social Media | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter are getting more use than ever. Pinterest? Not so much.
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No surprise here. This is where we are seeing our social media "followership" growth. Are you seeing the same thing?

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Who Exactly Uses Social Media?

Who Exactly Uses Social Media? | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
One of the first things we recommend when it comes to getting into social media marketing and creating an effective strategy, is to really understand your (Who Exactly Uses Social Media?

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Baillie Lumber's insight:

For those if us online this is no surprise.  Social Media is an important and effective way to reach portions of your target audience.  Do you think it properly represents the hardwood lumber industry?

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CESSON's curator insight, September 30, 2014 7:14 PM

This brief article has confusing language, but the stats don't lie

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John C. Maxwell: Improve Yourself

John C. Maxwell: Improve Yourself | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Time for a history lesson: The Stone Age didn’t end because humans ran out of rocks. It ended because we kept learning and improving. If you think about it, the desire for self-improvement is written into our DNA.
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Yes, the world is changing fast! I have to agree with the author that if you are not moving forward chances are the world is passing you by!  And to stay on top in business you will most likely have to challenge yourself and your company to leave your comfort zone.



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5 Leadership Lessons From The Beatles

5 Leadership Lessons From The Beatles | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Inspiration comes in unlikely place. For some, nature is a source of ideation. For others, family and friends can give a twist of insight that you never thought through, for something unrelated to your actual discussion.
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I never really thought to search for business leadership lessons from the Beatles.  However, as this author points out, the practices that the Beatles utilized to earn their success definitely has some cross over to success in business.  Especially the point of "show up fully" and always work towards delivering 100% of your brand promise to your customers!

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How Advisors Can Go From ‘Good to Great’: Jim Collins

How Advisors Can Go From ‘Good to Great’: Jim Collins | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Jim Collins shares the secrets of greatness at LPL’s annual advisor conference.
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Great advice on how to achieve success...  Think of ways to be useful to others!

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If You Want Great Results, You Need to Be Committed

If You Want Great Results, You Need to Be Committed | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Having an interest is good, but it won't get you very far. The same goes for the people who work for you.
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Good insights. Besides helping people become passionate about an initiative it also reminds me of the importance of helping employees focus on their strengths.

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How to Get Your Employees to Think Like Owners

How to Get Your Employees to Think Like Owners | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Building your team with employees who think like owners isn't as hard as it seems.
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I think this perspective has some merit. Grooming employees to think like business leaders and sharing decision making philosophy rather than making decisions for people does help grow a workforce that will be better prepared to lead in the future.


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How some Etsy entrepreneurs are making six figures

How some Etsy entrepreneurs are making six figures | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
The Etsy IPO debuted at $31 a share Thursday. But can the online marketplace of handmade goods grow into a profitable e-commerce company?

Via Skip Boykin
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Etsy is providing smaller retailers another avenue to achieve success.  It will be interesting to watch how the participation of those involved with the hardwood lumber industry evolves on Etsy as the marketplace develops.

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3 Key Areas Where a Strong Corporate Brand Adds Value

3 Key Areas Where a Strong Corporate Brand Adds Value | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
The company brand is often overlooked in today's product-centric business environment.
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A strong brand requires the attention and the focus on the companies CEO. When done right it provides additional value to the corporate culture and increase market value when the brand promise is consistently realized by your customers. 


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10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a New Project or Business Idea - StartupCollective

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a New Project or Business Idea - StartupCollective | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Following through on the wrong projects or business ideas can be a huge waste of time and money.
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Here are ten quick simple questions to ask yourself before investing time and resources into a new initiative.

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Why You Should Run Your Business Like Bill Belichick

Why You Should Run Your Business Like Bill Belichick | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
The New England Patriots coach seeks like-minded players who share the team's core values.
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Does culture trump strategy? Interesting position.  People, performance, and passion are all ingredients for a winning team in business and in sport.

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7 Things Warren Buffett Can Teach You About Leadership

7 Things Warren Buffett Can Teach You About Leadership | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Warren Buffett shares words of wisdom from decades of experience, success, and failure.
Baillie Lumber's insight:

Good advise and perspectives listed in this article. Especially his point about each mistake we make is a chance to learn and improve for the future.

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CESSON's curator insight, January 5, 9:06 PM

Wise suggestions from "the most successful investor of the 20th century" 

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Giving S.M.A.R.T. Feedback to Millennials

Giving S.M.A.R.T. Feedback to Millennials | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Many managers today don’t relish giving feedback. In the past, feedback was associated with the annual review, a thoroughly unenjoyable hour where everyone involved couldn't wait for it to end. Today with Millennials as the future of our organizations, feedback is more central to the role of manager than ever [...]
Baillie Lumber's insight:

Regardless of an employees generational alignment, proving good, timely, and measurable feedback is always a good practice!  The authors point that Millennials have grown up in an instant gratification and constant feedback environment is a good one.  It is up to us as managers to adapt and get the best out of each employee.

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CESSON's curator insight, December 9, 2014 8:00 PM

The Millennial generation needs support and feedback to successfully contribute to the success of your company. Great article. 

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You're Passionate About Your Job. Should Your Kids Be, Too?

You're Passionate About Your Job. Should Your Kids Be, Too? | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Graham Parker, general manager of WQXR, lives and breathes classical music. But he had to learn to let his kids love music their own way.
Two years ago, when his son was five, Graham Parker took Max to his first guitar lesson.
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What is the right answer? The answer is that it probably it depends. But regardless if it is true or not, if you have a passion for what you do, sharing it with the next generation, (your children or not), is a joy!

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How Companies Can Learn to Make Faster Decisions

How Companies Can Learn to Make Faster Decisions | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
SpaceX had a problem. Managers at the aerospace manufacturer wanted to make faster decisions for one of their big clients — NASA — by finding alternatives to the high volume of meetings and cumbersome spreadsheets used for tracking projects.
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Faster decision making is key in today's fast paced world.  How you achieve it is not necessarily clear however.  As this article indicates increasing communication, involving more people and  ensuring a shared vision amongst coworkers is critical.  The point that made me stop and ponder was the point of making more decisions in parallel.  This could in fact be a key ingredient in success and one of the most difficult to pull off successfully.

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The 3 Myths Most Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves About Marketing

The 3 Myths Most Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves About Marketing | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

"Don't fall into the trap of underestimating the power of social media or executive blogs."

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Entrepreneur or established CEO, it might not matter.  The point is active participation in your company's marketing efforts can help you better understand your customers and your marketplace. 

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You Can’t Do Strategy Without Input from Sales

You Can’t Do Strategy Without Input from Sales | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

"In academia, there is remarkably little written about how to link strategy with the nitty-gritty of field execution."

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Your sales team is key to successfully executing on your business strategy.  Keeping them involved, communicating, and evolving to market changes is key!

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