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Dangers of Pushing Entrepreneurship

Dangers of Pushing Entrepreneurship | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Part of what made me fall in love with the San Francisco Bay Area was the palpable energy of so many people in one place, so determined to change the world through entrepreneurship. People here tend
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Yes, I think Ben Mangan said the right things in his post. Of course, Entrepreneurship is very important, to start his own business but it's not the way for everyone and this is, in my sense, even more important to know. 

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The End of a Job as We Know It

The End of a Job as We Know It | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

The concept of a job, as we know it, is starting to go away.

 

Over the last year I've been speaking with many corporate business and HR leaders and have heard a common theme:we need our organizations to be more agile. We need to redesign the organization so we can learn faster, communicate better, and respond more rapidly to change. This quest for the agile organization has changed the nature of what we call a job.

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I think the time has come to change something in our world and how companies manage their staff.

 

These Five Ways High-Performing Organizations Manage People looks good:

 

- They reward results and expertise, not position.

- They break down functional silos and facilitate work across business functions.

- They reward continuous learning and “learning agility.”

- They hire for values, innate skills, and fit, not for experience.

- They encourage and promote horizontal mobility.

 

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Martin Gysler's comment, January 16, 2013 4:36 AM
Yes David, a long time ago that things have changed ... finally happily. I think you gave good advice to your children, who will always be on the safe side if they focus on life and relationships.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 16, 2013 4:43 AM
@ Don - I read an article last week on the same subject and I think you say right that deep skills are (or should be) the currency of the job. More and more companies have understood this reality today.
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@Trumans - Yes, I totally agree with you. Relationships and our network is more important than ever. It is sometimes simply complicated, for me, to set a limit ... :-). Your training seems to be great, if you can put together five acronyms and if those who follow the training understands the strong message sent.
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5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity - Forbes

5 Ways to Lead with Emotional Intelligence -- and Boost Productivity - Forbes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

More emotional intelligence, is what our world strongly need. This excellent post say all what you need to know about this subject. [note Martin Gysler]

 

Employees today are much more aware of whether or not they are a good fit in their workplace culture and they want their leaders to be more mindful of their needs. In general, employees have become more sensitive about how to best co-exist in a workplace environment that allows them to be who they naturally are.

 

Employees are tired of playing games and just want to be themselves. As such, they are managing their careers and looking to advance by searching for jobs that truly fuel their passion, fulfill their desires, and ignite their real talent. For most, today’s economic landscape has made the career management journey extra challenging. And beyond career advancement opportunities, people want their supervisors and leaders to be more in touch with who they are as people (not just as their colleagues) to assure that their career track is in proper alignment with and supports their personal and professional goals.

 

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The Winning Attitude Tipping Point

The Winning Attitude Tipping Point | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
As business leaders, everything we do should focus on setting our organizations up to win. But we can’t do it all ourselves. Which means we also need to get our employees obsessive and relentless about winning – a task much easier said than done.


If you’re struggling to build a winning attitude in your organization, I have some encouraging news. Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

Not some of the time, but always. Which has huge implications for business leaders trying to shape attitudes and opinions in their organizations.


Read more: http://morethanaminute.com/2012/01/17/the-winning-attitude-tipping-point/#

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8 Bold Resolutions For Marketers | Fast Company

8 Bold Resolutions For Marketers | Fast Company | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Here’s a trivia question for you: What was George Harrison’s last released single? The answer, as it turns out, is Any Road, a song that reminds us, “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” This poignant parting gift from the youngest Beatle is worth singing right about now as we plot our annual resolutions for our brands, if not our lives.

 

Of course, singing is one thing, and resolving to do things is quite another. To get us all on the right track, I first consulted with trailblazing marketers at Cablevision, Eloqua, Fandango, IBM, PetCo, SAP, and the Grammys. Their insights, based on longer separate interviews, form the basis for these 8 “must do” resolutions for marketers seeking a clear direction on the road ahead.

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TechCrunch | How To Be The Best Entrepreneur In The World

TechCrunch | How To Be The Best Entrepreneur In The World | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written 6 books on investing. His latest book is I Was Blind But Now I See. You can follow him@jaltucher.

 

Iʼm writing this white sitting in a hotel room. To my left is the Pacific Ocean and all the magical San Francisco fog stuff people kept whispering to me about. About 12 floors downstairs Claudia is doing yoga in the gym.

 

About four feet directly behind me is a woman that is a complete stranger to me who is having an unbelievably long orgasm. Thereʼs a wall between us. Hold on a second while I take a glass and listen against the wall.

 

If there was no wall there then this whole thing would probably have been pretty awkward. I probably would not have been able to keep staring at the computer screen, for instance...

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Entrepreneur – Do You Want To Change The World?

Entrepreneur – Do You Want To Change The World? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and are driven by a wide range of objectives. As I’ve written elsewhere, the emotional reasons for becoming an entrepreneur range from fulfilling basic survival needs to seeking feelings related to esteem, meaning and self-actualization needs. While there are no hard and fast rules on this, many of the greatest entrepreneurs did not get started seeking fame and fortune; rather, they wanted to change the world.

 

I never wanted to be a businessman; I just wanted to change the world. Richard Branson

 

Do you want to change the world?...

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The War Against Affiliate Marketing Continues

The War Against Affiliate Marketing Continues | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Affiliate marketers are less than welcome to use MailChimp's services.

 

If you’re an affiliate marketer, it seems to keep getting harder to run your business, thanks to companies that don’t want to support affiliate marketers.

 

This is also bad news for small businesses that would like to create or already offer an affiliate program to help sell their products. If it’s harder for your affiliates to do business, you may find that sales channel more difficult for you, too...

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You don’t have to be smart to be an entrepreneur… you just have to be smart enough!

You don’t have to be smart to be an entrepreneur… you just have to be smart enough! | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Just the other day I was on Facebook and I noticed someone talking about a really successful person that went to my high school. So naturally, I clicked on their profile to see what he was up to.

 

The person is a genius, and I doubt they ever got less than an A in a class. After high school they attended Stanford and landed some successful positions at companies like Microsoft and Google.

 

If you looked at this person’s resume you’d be impressed, I’m sure. They’re smart, ambitious, and hard working. You would think the person is probably the most successful person from their high school class, right?...

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Small Business Lessons for Leaders

Small Business Lessons for Leaders | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are leaders, but few things about the process of starting your business may prepare you for this all-important leadership role. What are the resources you can draw from? Fortunately, they’re all around you. Here are some important tips and some ideas to get you started.


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Can you revive dead weight employees? With the current economic climate and the lack of loyalty on the part both the employers and employees, employee job satisfaction is at an all time low. Unlike in the past when an employee left his job in the company if he was truly dissatisfied, in today’s world they hang on mostly because there is no other job to go to. This presents you with the challenge to motivate these people into becoming productive workers again...

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How To Write A Sales Letter

How To Write A Sales Letter | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Copywriting 101: Writing Your Sales Letter

 

This is part four of the Copywriting 101 series. Previously we have covered headlines and the importance of and how to craft an engaging selling story for your body text after your headline. This week we will move onto other elements of the body copy, which include bullet points, testimonials, guarantees and calls to action.

 

You can check out previous articles in the series here:
Part 1: Copywriting 101: How To Nail A Killer Headline
Part 2: Copywriting 101: How To Nail A Killer Headline Part 2
Part 3: The Art Of Good Storytelling

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Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive

Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everything in our connected culture urges us to do more things simultaneously. But a lot of research indicates our brains are not wired to work this way, and that multitasking ultimately makes us less productive.

 

We’ve all been there before. You’re out having what you think is a nice meal with someone, and then the inevitable happens: the vibration on the table that can’t be ignored. It can be anything from an “urgent” call to a “How R U?” text. Even after your company apologizes for the intrusion, you can’t help but notice his eyeballs always on the phone, checking for that red dot. You might call this behavior rude, but he insists he’s listening and credits his mastery of multitasking.

 

But in truth, it’s a barrier in the way of our ability to listen and focus, not to mention the onset of new social norms that permit distracted behavior — but that’s a topic for another time. The real question is, in the age of effortless information, are we really multitasking as well as we think we are?

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Cold-Calling Or Not: Pros And Cons

Cold-Calling Or Not: Pros And Cons | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

In sales, it’s nearly always best to have an existing relationship with a potential customer. And if you can get a personal referral, that’s gold.

 

But there are circumstances and companies where the business model requires cold-calling to drum up new business. Industry data shows that, after referrals, direct telephone marketing is the second-best method for generating new business.

So – to cold-call or not?

 

Sales pros will tell you that sometimes you have to do a bit of both. Here are some tips for those times when you have to dial for dollars, as well as some ways to avoid doing it whenever possible...

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When Not to Listen to Your Employees

When Not to Listen to Your Employees | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
You shouldn't listen to an employee who wants help to solve a conflict with another. You might feel proud of “mediating” among your team members as you discuss the problem with each one
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A very well written post, which explains how we can manage the problems between two or more employees. The different reported ideas, says, in my opinion, the most important points to follow to find a favorable solution to the discord.

 

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80% Is Good Enough - Grow Your Business By Delegating

80% Is Good Enough - Grow Your Business By Delegating | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Delegating tasks correctly is important for any employer who wants to succeed. But many get stuck micromanaging--and that stunts company growth.At my web design company, Ciplex, I’ve had to
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Simple but true advice. I also wrote an article, on my blog, about this topic.

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Catherine Luense's comment, January 25, 2013 6:13 AM
This is so true! We must let go of the everyday stuff so we are free to explore more money making opportunities.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2013 10:38 AM
Yes Catherine you're right. I'm glad we've the same opinion.
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7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist

7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

My wife isn't in business, but she is wise in the way of funding. Just as I have experience on both sides of the funding table (as an entrepreneur and as an angel), so does she. As a research scientist, she gets her own grants and also reviews grants from others. While she doesn't talk in startup lingo (pivots, minimum viable product, etc.), she has taught me that many of the issues we face as entrepreneurs have a corollary in science. Here's what I've learned from her.


1. Always seek funding from the best people, even when you have easier alternatives.


Before the bootstrappers hang me, I didn't say that you have to raise a lot of money or that you should be working fat. But consider this story: my wife was slaving away writing one particular National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant knowing that the funding rate was ~5%. Why not look for a less competitive foundation to underwrite it instead, I asked. I figured that this could save her time and trouble, and that she could proceed with her experiments that much faster.


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SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal.

SUNDAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Goal. | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be successful and, some people would do all to achieve it (...).

A good tool for success is certainly, the goal. As Brian Tracy say:


Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement” Brian Tracy


what makes me say that this topic is sufficiently interesting and important to linger a bit.


All of these goals that will lead us to success!


Introduction


Beyond the basics of goal that he should be SMART: Simple and Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | Time limited and which is known to most of us, I would like add the emotional meaning of the subject.


Indeed, the act of setting goals is often linked to an emotional process:

  • From needs who are deepest in us;
  • an ambition to be this or that;
  • Or an ego, oversized, who plays tricks on us;

and many other factors.


All these elements combined can significantly change the logic of things and lead us sometimes on unsafe paths and strewn with pitfalls.


When should we have a goal?...


Read more: http://martingysler.com/2012/01/15/sundays-leadership-mantra-goal/

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» 3 Simple Steps to Making Money From Any Passion

» 3 Simple Steps to Making Money From Any Passion | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius

 

Is it possible to have your passion also be your core source of income?

 

We seem to hear more and more stories of people reaching the promised land, but is it really possible for the everyday person? Or are those ‘lucky few’ just that— lucky?

 

After years of research I have good news for you…

 

I bet you there’s something you love doing that someone else would be happy to pay you for right this second. I might go as far as saying I’m sure of it.

But let’s start with a question...

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Richard Branson on How to Avoid Common Startup Mistakes

Richard Branson on How to Avoid Common Startup Mistakes | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. What follows is the latest edited round of insightful responses. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column.


Q: What are some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting out? -- John Gachiri


A: Making mistakes is part of the process of building a company; quickly recovering from them is what's most important. It's all part of the adventure of entrepreneurship, which will require all of your stamina, drive and determination.

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Seven Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned on the Serengeti

Seven Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned on the Serengeti | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A recent safari in the Serengeti was supposed to get my mind off of work. I figured that being thousands of miles away from the office, with no connectivity or even a phone, I would be able to completely detach myself from any thoughts relating to business.

 

Instead, as I was watching wildebeests, lion, elephants and zebras in their natural habitat, I couldn’t help but be struck by how much of their behavior reflects the competitive nature of an entrepreneurial business...

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How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business

How to Manage the Risks of Having Your Own Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Starting a business is risky. Horribly, terrifyingly risky.


Nearly all new businesses fail — that’s the official statistic, right? Some say 4 out of 5, some say as many as 95%.

 

Successful entrepreneurs have a different kind of DNA from the rest of us. Ice water runs through their veins. They thrive on risk. The more insane the odds, the better they like it.

 

For those of us who have families, or who just don’t feel like living on ramen for the next four years, we’re probably better off keeping the day job.

 

Do you believe any of those?

 

Because I call B.S. on all of them...

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The 10 Biggest Myths About Entrepreneurship

The 10 Biggest Myths About Entrepreneurship | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail. Some of these reasons seem obvious, so forgive me for restating, but I still hear them too often.


Statistics show that at least 50% of new startups fail within five years, and many of the survivors eventually fail. If you don’t want to be part of these statistics, consider all the alternatives to starting your own business, especially if you have one of the following perspectives:...

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Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur? | Entrepreneur.com

Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur? | Entrepreneur.com | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Not everyone is cut out to make it as a business owner. Take this quiz and find out if you might be.

 

There is an enormous difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living at doing that something. Have you ever watched the American Idol audition shows and witnessed a tone deaf singer's shocked reaction when the say he or she will never have a shot at becoming a professional singer? The same thing can be true for entrepreneurship.

 

Being a successful business owner requires investing your own money in addition to a ton of time and effort. Despite the appeal of being your own boss, the reality is that not everyone is cut out to be a successful business owner...

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Entrepreneurial Success: 6 Questions with Justin Cener

Entrepreneurial Success: 6 Questions with Justin Cener | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Justin Cener is the founder of Crowd Seats, which is the first and only daily deals site for sports tickets. They offer the best games in your city for 50-90% off face value, with no added fees! It’s 100% free to signup, just go to CrowdSeats.com to check out our deals in your city.

 

1. What made you take the entrepreneurial leap?

I’ve always wanted to start something myself so instead of looking for a job after college, I decided to go the freelance route for web design and development, and soon after, social media consulting. I developed a solid freelance web design/social media business, but wanted to go bigger, so I focused my attention on what would become Crowd Seats...

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10 Ways to Use Psychology to Lure Web Customers

10 Ways to Use Psychology to Lure Web Customers | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

I’ve been researching and thinking about the psychology of the social web and our Internet relationships. There are many common psychological techniques you can use in your every day Internet marketing. Here are a few ideas to ”psych” your visitors into spending more time on your website and your blog.

 

1. Social proof is king

In real life, “social proof” is the trappings of society that impart influence. A person’s height, a fancy car, a diploma … all help determine influence, sub-consciencely. Since we don’t have those physical clues in the online world, we look to “badges” like Twitter followers and Klout scores to provide a shortcut assessment.

 

With the density of information in today’s world, these badges are more important than ever. In fact they may be even more important than your real knowledge, experience and accomplishments. Strange but true. Think about your favorite blogger. I’ll bet you notice some of their badges like followers, AdAge rank, or tweets on a blog post, before you investigate their education or level of professional experience.

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