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Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor. Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making your business work you are, right? Wrong!

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Don't Confuse Passion with Competence

Don't Confuse Passion with Competence | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

The most successful innovators are consistently portrayed as possessing a passion that borders on dogmatism. There's no doubt that passion is a critical component of innovation. But leaders overseeing innovation efforts inside their companies need to be careful of mistaking passion for competence.

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Top 10 Ways to Create a More Focused and Productive Work Environment

Top 10 Ways to Create a More Focused and Productive Work Environment | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Although the office is supposed to be a place for productive and efficient work, that isn't always the case. In fact, sometimes your workplace can turn into one of the least effective locations for getting things done.

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Small Business Outlook for 2012: Business as Usual?

Small Business Outlook for 2012: Business as Usual? | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

As 2011 draws to a close, what are the biggest challenges small business owners are facing? And what is their outlook for the coming year?

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Sales - it’s not all about the price!

Sales - it’s not all about the price! | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

In these days of global recession, everybody is tightening their belts and looking for a bargain so naturally it is very tempting for businesses to slash their prices to maintain their market share. But that is a no-win situation, and as a coach I would always steer my clients away from competing on price.

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Why Building Your Brand Is A Dumb Idea For Entrepreneurs

Why Building Your Brand Is A Dumb Idea For Entrepreneurs | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Traditional marketing advice is to build your brand... yet entrepreneurs that focus on this usually go broke. Here's the truth about marketing and brands.

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Crowdfunding: Where it has been and where the new bill is taking it (infographic) | VentureBeat

Crowdfunding: Where it has been and where the new bill is taking it (infographic) | VentureBeat | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding, the practice of private companies soliciting the public for investments, has been made popular by websites such as Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, ProFounder and others. These are great for individuals and small groups looking for a leg up, but when it comes to private businesses the SEC wants everything to be nice and documented.

Check out the inforgraphic below for more details on the bill and the state of crowdfunding today.

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Seth's Blog: Questions for a new entrepreneur

A few things came up over coffee the other day. His idea is good, his funding is solid, there are many choices. Some of the questions that don't usually get asked, from Seth Godin

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The Discipline Of Daily Goal-Setting

The Discipline Of Daily Goal-Setting | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

In Brian Tracy’s Report The Miracle of Self-Discipline, we hear about the importance of focus and concentration in your overall success. According to the report, there are nine disciplines you can develop that will improve every area of your life.

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Investors

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Investors | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

An effective elevator pitch can be crucial for entrepreneurs trying to secure funding from angel investors. Here are five of the worst elevator-pitch mistakes entrepreneurs make -- and how to avoid them.

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Entrepreneurial Mindset – The Two Factors That Make Or Break Us

Entrepreneurial Mindset – The Two Factors That Make Or Break Us | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurship. Success or Failure? Learn the 2 factors that make or break our success. They are universal – it applies to every industry: set your goal and lay out a pathway; start and don't stop.

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6 Habits Of Highly Productive People

6 Habits Of Highly Productive People | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

True productivity means getting the right work done efficiently. Here's how to turn business into productivity.

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Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it
A strategic plan built around processes as well as productivity and profitability adds a whole new dimension to the operations of a company.
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Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last

Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Last June, Silicon Valley-based startup Evernote closed a round of funding. When describing its business strategy, CEO Phil Libin said, "A billion dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s really cool? Making a hundred year company." Wise venture capitalists salivated over the line. The best entrepreneurs don’t build to get bought, they build for a century.

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How Far Will Your Vision Take You?

How Far Will Your Vision Take You? | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

The same obstacles that confronted the early settlers on the frontier can be the same ones you face in the boardroom. Just as the townspeople became restless in few years, so too will your team if they do not understand the vision.

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Strategic HR Predictions for 2012: Brace Yourself for Change

Strategic HR Predictions for 2012: Brace Yourself for Change | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

What can you expect in 2011 in Strategic HR and Talent Management? Bersin’s 14 predictions for the year seem largely on target to me. John Hollon, editor of TLNT, provides an excellent summary of all 14 predictions, but here are four that stood out.

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5 Ways To Get Your First Freelance Client

5 Ways To Get Your First Freelance Client | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Freelancing can be fun and exciting, especially when you're first getting started. So how do you get started? How do you actually go about finding that first client? I don’t have all the answers, but here are a few ideas for kick-starting your freelance career.

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So, Why Is Planning So Important Anyway?

Ten years after their MBA at Harbard Business School, the guys who had non-written goals were making TWICE in the field compared to the 84% of those who had no goals leaving Harvard. And

the group with written goals was making TEN TIMES what the other 97% were making on average.

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If you Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail (Jim Rohn)
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How I Learned To Charge Higher Rates To Bring In More Clients

How I Learned To Charge Higher Rates To Bring In More Clients | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

"The best way to learn is by doing, and I've been learning a lot as I go. Now I see the value in what I do, and it makes it easier to walk away from clients who insist they can't afford my rates. "Keep me in mind when you have the budget to pay professional rates," I tell them".

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Put Your Best People On Your Most Boring Challenges

Put Your Best People On Your Most Boring Challenges | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

One of your biggest issues is the boring and horrendously inefficient scut work that all organizations accrue. Typically, talent-rich organizations assign their mediocre people to solve mediocre problems. But that's short-sighted. Put your most talented people on these most boring and stultifying issues!

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Manutenzioni Domiciliari Padova's comment, November 17, 2011 6:22 AM
Interessante... anche se è esattamente il contrario di quello che dice Jim Collins nel suo "Good to great": mettere le persone migliori nelle occasioni migliori porta il massimo rendimento all'azienda e questo è l'obiettivo principale (almeno secondo le sue dimostrazioni).
Non è detto che risolvere problemi, seppur annosi, porti lo stesso vantaggio per l'azienda.
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Biz Coaching Exercise to Begin the Wrap Up of 2011!

Biz Coaching Exercise to Begin the Wrap Up of 2011! | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Get in the driver’s seat by summarizing what happened in 2011 and starting to think about 2012. If you don’t take stock at the end of the year you miss out! And to succeed in 2012 you need a plan of action and a commitment to follow through. A business coach can help you very effectively.

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Best Management Books for Small Businesses

Best Management Books for Small Businesses | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

A curated list of best management books for small business owners, from the Book Editors of Small Business Trends.

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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

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How I Reinvented My Business

How I Reinvented My Business | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Curt Richardson escaped a moribund industry by taking control of his company's product line and tapping into mobile technology trends. "I don't know what competitors are doing with their systems, prices, or infrastructure," he says. "To me, it doesn't really matter. We're our own worst enemy here."

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Recognize And Manage The 5 Stages Of Small Business Growth

Recognize And Manage The 5 Stages Of Small Business Growth | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

All types of small businesses go through the same stages. Here's how to recognize them so your business can succeed.

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