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Bootstrapping as a self-funded startup

Bootstrapping as a self-funded startup | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Starting your business without external funding can have its benefits.
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How to Use a Single Metric to Run Your Startup

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The One Metric That Matters (or OMTM) is a single number that you care the most about at the current stage of your startup.
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Personally I have seen this work both well and disasterously. The disaster was caused by an unhealthy, mantra-type, unquestioning focus on one measure. Please engage brain before making any serious decicions based on one measure of the business. 

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Leading your Virtual Team: Top 10 Tips

Leading your Virtual Team: Top 10 Tips | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Virtual working has become increasingly common in recent years thanks to globalisation, growing concern for the environment and the need for organisations to cut costs.

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Is Your Business Working On Purpose?

Is Your Business Working On Purpose? | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
When your company has a true reason for being everything works better. Here's how to define and stay true to your purpose. (Is Your Business Working On Purpose?
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What's The Chance A Startup Business Will Fail? [Infographic]

What's The Chance A Startup Business Will Fail? [Infographic] | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
What might be more surprising is that consultancy and business services also rank among the riskiest. If you feel like you have a passion that involves these industries, you might feel discouraged from even getting started.
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Meetings as relationship-building opportunities | SmartBlogs

Meetings as relationship-building opportunities | SmartBlogs | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Meetings in many organizations have unhealthy hidden agendas, unhealthy conflict and competition, and a rush to action without appropriate dialog.


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David Hain's curator insight, April 19, 2013 2:36 AM

But only with an intentionally open and curious mind, and a real desire to build relationships.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 21, 2013 2:00 AM

Meetings in many organizations have unhealthy hidden agendas, unhealthy conflict and competition, and a rush to action without appropriate dialog.

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Internal vs. External Community Managers: Part 1 | Social Media Today

Internal vs. External Community Managers: Part 1 | Social Media Today | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
A community manager is the person who manages the social identity of a brand, from Instagram to YouTube to Tumblr.
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The top 10 startup founder blogs every entrepreneur should follow

The top 10 startup founder blogs every entrepreneur should follow | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
There's no shortage of entrepreneurship blogs on the web, but finding a startup founder's blog that is updated more than twice a year is a rare commodity. (More #AddPocket seizures!
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12 Principles of Collaboration

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Twelve collaboration principles that successful organizations follow.


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Paul Thoresen's curator insight, April 21, 2013 10:03 AM

Simple concepts often overlooked. From WIIFM to putting strategy before tech.

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:54 AM

Simple, easy to read, colorful inforgraphic on the 'Principles of Collaboration'. Nice!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:31 AM

How are you collaborating?

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27 Simple Social Media Reputation Management Tips for Business

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Effective management of your online reputation is an essential forethought in what decisions people make about you, your business and your credibility. Social media reputation management plays a bi...
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What Having A Clean Desk Really Means

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Having a clean desk at the end of the day is a common time management and stress management techni...
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5 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Girl

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Want to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship? Make sure the girls you know learn these five things early on.
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Are You a Visionary Business Leader? - Forbes

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Are You a Visionary Business Leader?
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Vision in business requires that you clearly see where you choose to be in future and formulate the necessary steps to get your organization there.
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What Is Project Management? Tool or Skill Set « Companies Management

What Is Project Management? Tool or Skill Set  « Companies  Management | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Often called the "accidental profession", is project management a tool or a profession? It seems that anyone running a project can be referred to as the project manager, regardless of their abilities, training or expertise.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 2:42 AM

Both - but most importantly, mind set!

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6 Ways to Expand Your Social Media Reach

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Social media marketing is simple in one sense. Create content that adds value and then pop it out to as many people’s eyeballs as possible.

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Social media marketing is simple in one sense. Create content that adds value and then pop it out to as many people’s eyeballs as possible.

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The Connected Workplace

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Today’s digitally connected workplace demands a completely new set of skills. Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. More connections create more possibilities, as well as more potential problems.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 20, 2013 5:34 PM

"Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning." We are trying to build community and not just teams. Trust is a community quality. What happens when we disagree? Trust answers that question.

luiy's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:43 PM

On the negative side, we are seeing that simple work keeps getting automated, like automatic bank machines. Complicated work, for which standardized processes can be developed, usually gets outsourced to the lowest cost of labor.

 

On the positive side, complex work can provide unique business advantages and creative work can help to identify new business opportunities. However, complex work is difficult to copy and creative work constantly changes.

 

But both complex and creative work require greater implicit knowledge. Implicit knowledge, unlike explicit knowledge, is difficult to codify and standardize. It is also difficult to transfer.

 

Implicit knowledge is best developed through conversations and social relationships. It requires trust before people willingly share their know-how. Social networks can enable better and faster knowledge feedback for people who trust each and share their knowledge. But hierarchies and work control structures constrain conversations. Few people want to share their ignorance with the boss who controls their paycheck.But if we agree that complex and creative work are where long-term business value lies, then learning amongst ourselves is the real work in organizations today. In this emerging network era, social learning is how work gets done.

Becoming a successful social organization will require more than just the implementation of enterprise social technologies. Developing, supporting, and encouraging people to use a range of new social workplace skills will be just as important. Individual skills, in addition to new organizational support structures, are both required.

 

Personal knowledge management (PKM) skills can help to make sense of, and learn from, the constant stream of information that workers encounter from social channels both inside and outside the organization. Keeping track of digital information flows and separating the signal from the noise is difficult. There is little time to make sense of it all. We may feel like we are just not able to stay current and make informed decisions. PKM gives a framework to develop a network of people and sources of information that one can draw from on a daily basis. PKM is a process of filtering, creating, and discerning, and it also helps manage individual professional development through continuous learning.

 

Collaboration skills can help workers to share knowledge so that people work and learn cooperatively in teams, communities of practice, and social networks. In order to support collaborative working and learning in the organization, it is important to experience what it means to work and learn collaboratively, and understand the new community and collaboration skills that are involved. “You can’t train someone to be social, only show them how to be social.” Practice is necessary.

 

The power of social networks, like electricity, will inevitably change almost every existing business model. Leaders need to understand the importance of organizational architecture. Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning.

 

For example, traditional training structures, based on institutions, programs, courses and classes, are changing. Probably the biggest change we are seeing is that the content delivery model is being replaced by more social and collaborative frameworks. This is due to almost universal Internet connectivity, especially with mobile devices, as well as a growing familiarity with online social networks.

 

Work is changing and so organizational learning must change. There is an urgent need for organizational support functions (HR, OD, KM, Training) to move beyond offering training services and toward supporting learning as it is happening in the digitally connected workplace. The connected workplace will not wait for the training department to catch up.

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Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2013 in 5 Keywords

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A brief overview of the current state and future of the transformation of business in a connected world from the recent Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2013 in Paris. 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 2013 7:27 PM

This is a great visual and their is depth in the article to explain each point.

 

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You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You

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Listen to what people in the outside world are telling you, because they're probably right.
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Why Building a Business Is Not About You

Why Building a Business Is Not About You | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Linking yourself to your business, emotionally or financially, is fraught with danger.
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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.

 

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike...

 

But there’s a different way. A new field of research is suggesting that when organizations promote an ethic of compassion rather than a culture of stress, they may not only see a happier workplace but also an improved bottom line.


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Ides De Vos's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:47 AM

To start,It's important that the purpose of the company is known and well-understood by everyone.If than a culture can be instored without fear, sanctions and respect,engagement will rise and benefit the company at last.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:33 AM

Compassion makes sense in all aspects of our lives. And it is more than just saying Namaste.

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The Five-Step Maturity Model for Building a Collaborative Organization

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Organizations typically fall into one of five types of categories when it comes to collaboration in the enterprise.


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MyKLogica's comment, April 22, 2013 12:03 PM
Very interesting post, as David Hains and Denyse Drummond-Dunn say for diagnostic purposes, but also for presenting the process to the "unaware" companies, so that they can see the value, and benefits of implementing collaborative cultures in the business industry.
MyKLogica's comment, April 22, 2013 12:04 PM
Ivon Prefontaine you are right, but that should be an opportunity for "3.0 consultants".
Jasmin Rez's comment, April 22, 2013 3:07 PM
Good points shared.
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Funding 101: How to Position Your Startup as a Good Investment

Funding 101: How to Position Your Startup as a Good Investment | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Why you should look beyond bootstrapping and loans from friends and family to set your company up for success and win investors.
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8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming

8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Defeat your mental blocks with these tried and true tools.

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S. Diez de Medina Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:33 PM

Organized and structured idea pathways