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7 Practical Tips To Running an Empowered Small Business

7 Practical Tips To Running an Empowered Small Business | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

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Two things that jumped out at me, Listen to your employees, clients and your market. The other was to reinvest profits to grow your business

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Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, November 27, 2013 12:47 PM

7 Essential top tips to help manage your business through the dark days.. hope it never happens but essentail reading as it covers the basics of running your buisness.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Tips that come from practical knowledge. Every startup should read this.

cashflow tuna's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:18 PM

As the EOY slowly approaches, these few reminders will help every small business end 2013 with stronger cashflow and lower tax liability.

 

Small and medium size business owners without a team of analysts or accountants on hand often wait for the final hour until reality sets in. The brutal reality of not enough sales, spending too much money, and hindsight of a poorly managed staff.  Review the practical tips in theis article to start getting ahead of the game. 

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7 + 3 Lessons You Should Learn From My Failed Startup

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7 + 3 Lessons From Failed Startups
Great Inc post on lessons from a failed startup include:

 

1. Consider the entire experience

2. Raise money when you can not when you need too

3. Don't give away equity too soon or too fast

 

Read the other 4 from the Inc post: https://www.inc.com/yoram-solomon/7-lessons-you-should-learn-from-my-failed-startup.html ;

 

I'd add three of my own lessons from my "failed startup":

 

1. Don't think in terms of success and failure, win and lose. Think about impact, learning, and potential. Startups require a more nuanced sense of win/lose. 

 

2. Don't hire your friends even if they are the right people because you are probably blind to faults, issues, or other "round peg in square hole" problems with friends. 

 

3. Create any startup in collaboration with customers. Don't do the "mad inventor" thing and go off and think you've created a better mousetrap. You won't. Instead, collaborate and build on what you learn from real customers facing immediate problems. 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 19, 8:10 AM

Seven tips from Inc and three from me and the Curagami team. 

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How to Use Video Marketing on Each Social Media Platform

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Each social media site is designed to serve a different purpose, so we use it differently. It’s no surprise, then, that we’ll watch—and expect—different types of video on each platform.

 

 


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Sathish Ch's curator insight, July 19, 9:56 AM

Video Marketing  Insights on Social Media

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Agi Anderson's curator insight, July 20, 8:32 AM
Every platform has their own nuances. When ever you can share video it's a plus, more and more people are engaged in watching videos.
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Understanding Strengths for Work and Life

Understanding Strengths for Work and Life | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
The tag line of My Zen Path is ‘Rethinking work and life’. When one thinks of regular work life, one is reminded of the constant developmental feedback that are part of every performanc…

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 9, 6:35 AM
My new post about Strengths (Gallup /VIA) - this time a guest post on My Zen Path.
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The 18 hottest enterprise startups of 2017

The 18 hottest enterprise startups of 2017 | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Hot Startups This Year
We're half-way through 2017 and its time to showcase some startup stars. We chose a metric called a "valuation step up" to select this list.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 5, 8:32 AM

18 new to us hot startups. Interesting to see how many categories and business models these 18 hot startups cross and utlize 

Ilya Movshovich's curator insight, July 5, 3:00 PM
Take a look at this list of startups!  
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Startups: Conventional Wisdom Says 90% Fail. Data Says Otherwise.

Startups: Conventional Wisdom Says 90% Fail. Data Says Otherwise. | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Failure Not So Bad, But Learn The Ropes

This Fortune post is encouraging and informative. Encouraging because fewer startups fail than urban myth predicts and informative because insights shared about learning the rules of the road are accurate to our startups experience. 

If you think creating a startup is unstructured and free you'd be wrong, very wrong. Startups have an intricate ballet of rules, gatekeepers, and customs. Ignore any of those things at your startup's absolute peril. 

I don't think my startup failed due to impolite attention to rules and regulations. We failed because we didn't have the right people sitting in the right seats on the bus. Friends and business partners can be one and the same, but hiring friends creates more work not less. 

When hiring friends you need to guard against your assumptions and playing rough can be harder with friends. Playing rough is needed because every startup is a life or death struggle against time, competition and the evolution of markets. This post shares all of that and more. A good read for any wannabe startup entrepreneur. 


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Internet Of Things Is Disrupting Marketing Attribution, & Marketing ROI Will Never Be The Same

Internet Of Things Is Disrupting Marketing Attribution, & Marketing ROI Will Never Be The Same | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

IOT As Disruption
Marketing attribution has been a mess for years and, as this Forbes post shares, it is about to get worse thanks to the Internet of Things (IOT). Not hard to see why either. 

More than just a gizillion URLs running around headless and in the middle of an e-commerce merchant's funnel potentially hurts, biut the everyone looks at everything differently thing is a killer. Any marketer who has changed, even slightly, their product listings knows how hard patching old and new data together can become. Now imagine that data quilt when metrics from different paths are encrypted differently. 

Going to be a FORTUNE to be made in knitting all this junk together and filtering out the noise. Startups are you listening?



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8 Ways to Build a Scalable Business

8 Ways to Build a Scalable Business | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Imagine you single-handedly run a lemonade stand. You get 20 customers each day and have just the right amount of ingredients for a day’s commerce. Then, out of the blue, you get coverage from the…

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 15, 3:31 AM

 

In business, success comes from ensuring that as your business grows, it doesn't collapse because it was not set up to be able to scale. Businesses that experience quick growth, when they are not ready for it, are the businesses most likely to fall by the roadside. This article provides some good ideas on how to prepare your business so that it can scale and grow successfully.

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10 Ways to Build a Go-For-It Culture

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It’s difficult for go-for-it leaders to imagine that people are waiting for permission to act. What’s wrong with them?

You take action without asking permission. Why doesn’t everyone else?

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David Hain's curator insight, June 5, 5:28 AM

2 minutes? 10 great leadership points from Dan Rockwell!

donhornsby's curator insight, June 5, 9:07 AM
You’re a failure as a leader if people sit around waiting for you to tell them what to do.
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 12:37 PM

Dan always provides good insights worth reading.

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Why Do People Quit Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

This is the conclusion from decades of Gallup data and interviews with 25 million employees. But companies still keep getting it wrong.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 31, 3:09 AM
yes, it bears repeating- employees leave managers not companies!
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The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

The gig economy, exemplified by startups like Lyft and Fiverr, has further normalised very low pay with no insurance or benefits.

 


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 30, 2:39 AM

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Leadership Development’s Epic Fail

Leadership Development’s Epic Fail | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

Most leadership development programs focus on competencies but fail to view leaders as individuals.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, May 26, 7:58 AM

Leadership capacity - Two percent come by it naturally. Two percent will never get it. The other 96% lie in between. The job is to move people forward in a productive direction — to help them “be wiser, younger.”

 

Begoña Pabón's curator insight, May 29, 2:46 PM
Una cultura de liderazgo no solo debe contemplar las competencias... debe ser capaz de contemplar al individuo
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 30, 2:39 AM

Your thoughts?

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15 Customer Service Skills that Every Employee Needs

15 Customer Service Skills that Every Employee Needs | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
There are 15 customer service skills that every employee must master if they are forward-facing with customers.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 22, 11:56 PM

 

Customers are the lifeblood of your business, and existing customers will provide a good proportion of future revenues, if they are treated correctly. As employees are chiefly responsible for serving customers, it is beholden upon every business owner, to select the employees with the right skills to perform all customer facing roles. This great article, provides a list of the 15 key skills that customer service employees need to have, in order to perform their roles effectively.

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The Step by Step Guide for Building a Massive Email List

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Email list: Michael Hyatt wouldn’t have a multi-million dollar business if not for his list. Get the 6 steps to build a massive list of fans. Read more.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 18, 10:48 PM

 

It goes without saying, that the size and quality of the email list your business can grow as time passes, will impact directly on your bottom line. Every business owner, should be utilising email marketing to drive up their revenue, as it is one of the lowest cost marketing methods and it also provides the greatest return on investment of all methods. This article lists 6 steps you can follow to grow a massive email list for your business.

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10 Essential Business Skills to Learn Before You Start a Business

10 Essential Business Skills to Learn Before You Start a Business | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Your successful startup needs to have the following skills alongside those technical ones that you already possess

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 18, 3:53 AM

 

Starting a business is not for the faint of heart. You do need to be brave and focused to start a business, but more importantly, you need to have the required business skills if you want to succeed. This short article, suggests 10 key skills you should endeavour to master, before launching your startup.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, July 19, 7:37 AM

All are learnable with practice. Just like driving a car. We nned to follow the 'learning to drive' model to move from 'unconscious incompetence to 'unconscious competence'

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3 Factors To Consider When Leading Successful Change In Your Organisation

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We live in a world where change is a constant and yet many employees find change uncomfortable, some even fear it. What can you do to lead change successfully for all concerned? In this week’s post we share 3 steps to leading change. Click here.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 16, 11:18 AM

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Creating the Right Startup Culture for Your Team

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We know the stereotypes of startup culture, but founders have choices when building an organization. Here are some tips for building a healthy community.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 9, 12:38 PM

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Bad Ideas Rock!  A Lesson Every Startup Should Learn

Bad Ideas Rock!  A Lesson Every Startup Should Learn | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it

How Bad Ideas Become Good Ideas

Haunting, miserable and heartbreaking failure is nothing anyone every thinks will happen to them. Yet, failure is a necessary step says this Inc process post every startup should read.

Inc's focus is on how bad ideas impact design, but truths shared, far from self-evident, are good to learn. Bad things become good things by recognition and listening. Bad design becomes a good design by tweaking, testing, and more listening.  


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, June 27, 8:43 AM

Haunting miserable failure is a necessary condition of good design. For every charmed life capable of creating winning design from the jump there are thousands that must fail first. The "Charmed" are clearly exceptions to the rule as this Inc post shares. 

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10 Tools to Help Automate Your Small Business Tasks

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Whenever you can automate a task, do it.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 25, 9:13 AM

 

Many of the tasks involved in operating a small business are repetitive tasks, that if automated, will save time and effort forever after. Some tools are well known and others lesser so, but awareness of all that is available to you, enables you to make better decisions regarding what could and should be automated. The ten tools discussed in this article are well worth exploring, and I would be very surprised, if you can't find a few to make your business more efficient.

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15 Ways To Increase Engagement Without Being Too Self-Promotional

15 Ways To Increase Engagement Without Being Too Self-Promotional | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Create value for your customers.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 20, 3:35 AM

 

Many businesses promoting their products or services online, make the common mistake of over-promoting themselves and their offerings, and wonder why they do not get the engagement they expect from their target audience. The evergreen 80/20 rule applies in this situation as everywhere else; 80% of published content not about you, and no more than 20% promotional content spruiking yourself or your products or services. This tip is just one of 15 provided in this article, that should prove useful to any business not receiving the engagement they expect, from their content marketing endeavours.

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 9 Steps to Make Your New Business a Raging Success 

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For a new business, your business plan needs to step you through several milestones. Unfortunately, some of us skip steps, while others get stuck along the way. Neither works.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 8, 3:58 AM

 

To succeed as a startup business you need to follow a certain path. Every business will have its differences, but commonalities between successful startups over the ages, enable defined steps that will aid in succeeding where others may fail. This article provides one such list of steps to follow to get your new business up and running.

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When a loss is a victory

When a loss is a victory | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Perhaps you are also familiar with this situation: You have prepared for a task perfectly, given it your all and thought through all eventualities. Yet you failed to achieve your goal. Ask yourself, then, if you haven't perhaps gained something different, something much more valuable. Allow that thought to develop and try to see something valuable in your failure to achieve your goal. If your dream employer has rejected you, the path to self-employment might now be open. Or a job that escaped you might allow you to concentrate on certain business areas that you previously lacked the courage to tackle. Remain open-minded and recognize successes – even if they turn out differently from what you would have expected.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 5, 5:23 AM

A champion learns to deal with failure! And shares a valuable lesson with all of us about reframing...

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 7, 12:38 PM

Good insights on all levels

 

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5 Killer Traffic Campaigns to Deploy in Your Business

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Running paid traffic? This post is right up your alley. Swipe 5 killer campaigns from the best media buyers across Facebook, YouTube, and Google AdWords.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 31, 1:52 AM

 

Any business owner planning to utilise paid online advertising, needs to understand the full capabilities of each platform and utilise the full functionality offered, to increase ROI. Rather than play hit and miss, a business owner is wise to follow in the footsteps, of those who are achieving excellent ROI from their online marketing spend. This article provides 5 traffic building campaigns that you can emulate to drive up your own ROI from your investment in online marketing.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 31, 11:11 AM

Practical social marketing tips.

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9 Signs That You're An Ambivert

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I’m sure you’ve been asked many times whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. For some people, it’s an easy choice, but for most of us, it’s difficult to choose one way or the other.

It’s hard to choose because the introvert/extrovert dichotomy reflects a tired and outdated view of personality. Personality traits exist along a continuum, and the vast majority of us aren’t introverts or extroverts — we fall somewhere in the middle.


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David Hain's curator insight, May 24, 6:22 AM

Personality is not a binary choice. But we often - unhelpfully - make it seem so...

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 30, 2:41 AM

Rather than seeing personality as a binary, look at is as a continuum because we can all move between extremes when it comes to personality.

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How To Identify and Understand Your Target Market

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"One of the most important aspects of an effective content marketing strategy is understanding your target market. Here are some areas to concentrate on".


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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 24, 1:25 AM

 

Before your business spends a cent on marketing, especially online marketing, you need to identify exactly who makes up your target market. You also need to clearly understand their makeup and preferences, before you frame any offers, to that target market. Getting these two processes wrong, can have detrimental consequences, so the information offered in this article is well worth the time it takes to read it.

 

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Leadership: sprint, marathon & relay race

Leadership: sprint, marathon & relay race | Executive Coaching & Mentoring | Scoop.it
Research by McKinsey, Harvard, Columbia, and myriad other consultancies, think tanks and universities show that organizations with diverse leadership are 35% more likely to have better financial returns.  So, advancing women’s leadership is a vital business imperative.  And, I hope men will share with all your male colleagues why “women in leadership” is not just a women’s issue.

What’s valid for women’s leadership applies to all of us, if we can break out of long-held but untrue and unfair stereotypes about what each sex can achieve. There’s extensive research on the unconscious biases we all have about men and women so even if you believe you are an extremely progressive person, you must be vigilant and self-aware about when you might be letting these assumptions affect your judgment.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 19, 6:44 AM

Useful wisdom from @beCauseGlobal CEO, Nadine Hack, on how to construct a leadership frame to flex your approach to project and life circumstances.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 19, 11:37 AM

Interesting description of Leadership in change that I agree with but I would also add that there are some change engagements that are really "IronMan" events, composed of sprints, marathons and relays so buckle up.