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Talent Agents
3/9/2007
Summary:

Critical leadership development practices can differ from one organization to another. Yet, identifying those which are the most important within the growth-focused firm can determine the "best in class" solutions to be implemented for sustaining excellence. These 12 strategies provide an opportunity to benchmark organizational performance.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
The Discipline of Collaboration
3/9/2007
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As we move into an age of alliances, your role as a leader is changing. Equal parts entrepreneur, facilitator, and political broker, the collaborative leader must continually balance competing and shifting requirements.

Go To Source (www.leadertoleader.org)
The End of the Job Interview
3/9/2007
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If you test-drive a car, why not an employee? Seth Godin shares his thoughts on what you can learn by having a candidate "do the work" rather than just talk about it.

Go To Source (sethgodin.typepad.com)
Top Ten Myths about Business Innovation
3/9/2007
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Inertia acts against the best interests of your business when the market shifts. According to Geoffrey Moore, most business writing about innovation is baloney -- here is his refreshing perspective.

Go To Source (geoffmoore.blogs.com)
10 Reasons for a Bare Bones Business Start-Up
3/1/2007
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Staying "lean and mean" should be the bootstrapper's mantra, according to tech entrepreneur Jeff Hester. In this blog post, he shares his advice and insights into protecting and growing your business during the early years.

Go To Source (www.bootstrapme.com)
Bootstrappers Avoid Outside Money Ties
3/1/2007
Summary:

This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.

Go To Source (www.boston.com)
Guide to Finding Used Machinery and Tools
3/1/2007
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Investing in equipment for your company can be expensive. If funds are tight, you can opt for purchasing pre-owned equipment and tools rather than new. This guide provides tips and links on this topic, including advice on getting equipment via auctions, dealers, and over-stocked inventory.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Five to Help You Thrive
2/16/2007
Summary:

This article suggests that there are five key relationships that entrepreneurs running growth companies should work on developing: relationships with customers, employees, vendors, bankers, and mentors.

Go To Source (www.rismedia.com)
Inside Entrepreneurship: Instant Success is an Illusion in Business
2/16/2007
Summary:

This article covers one of the key elements needed to take a startup to scale. And that's making sure you assemble a top team that understands business frugality (e.g., foregoing high salaries early on for equity).

Go To Source (seattlepi.nwsource.com)
Tech Titans Draw Fire on U.S. Expansions
2/16/2007
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This article covers how some entrepreneurial growth companies, including Dell and Google, make decisions on building new company facilities in the United States. One challenge is considering the array of regional economic development incentives and local politics when choosing location to expand.

Go To Source (www.usatoday.com)

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