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Reflections on Mentors
1/19/2007
Summary:

Mentoring is a valuable developmental process that generates relationships of trust, growth, and more focused performance. Brad Feld reflects on the mentoring relationships that have helped him to shape his professional career and the success of his ventures.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
The Basics of Mentoring
1/19/2007
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To have next-generation leaders within growth businesses, mentoring is a proven method of developing staff for succession. The process creates an environment which can lead to higher levels of profitability, employee retention, increased revenue, and job satisfaction.

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The Seven Demands of Leadership
1/25/2007
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Effective leaders can be groomed to manage adversity and sustain high-performance. Based on research conducted with more than 40,000 leaders across industries and sectors, the Gallup organization has identified specific abilities that can lead to success.

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What's to Be Done About Performance Reviews?
1/19/2007
Summary:

Controversy continues over whether or not the performance review process is an effective tool for motivating and improving employee performance. Yet many entrepreneurs make the assumption that the evaluation process will lead to a better-performing organization. Too often, the purpose of employee reviews is unclear -- to both leadership and the employee -- and training in the process is generally not provided.

Go To Source (hbswk.hbs.edu)
Inside Entrepreneurship: Instant Success is an Illusion in Business
2/16/2007
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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)
Job Descriptions Worksheet
2/21/2007
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This tool will help entrepreneurs identify specific responsibilties and allocate the time to be spent on them for the entrepreneur and the management team.

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Don't Ask Employees to be Passionate About the Company!
3/9/2007
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There is a difference between employees showing a passion for the employer (which is great to have) versus a passion for their work (which is a crucial part of productivity). The advice given here is to "let people do what they want and need to do" and to keep out of the way of success.

Go To Source (headrush.typepad.com)
Fifty-two Percent of Workers Plan to Quit Within Two Years
3/13/2007
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Research shows that nearly 50 percent of workers don't have performance goals that can be objectively measured. A lack of clear objectives can lead to workplace dissatisfaction and an increase in turnover rates. This article suggests a number of communication strategies to address the problem.

Go To Source (communicationnation.blogspot.com)
Five Pillars for Leading the Client-Focused Organization
3/9/2007
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Five Pillars to Leadership and Success: surround yourself with good people. Invest in them. Listen to them. Align culture and mission. And keep your commitments. Sounds deceptively simple, but implementing may be more complex.

Go To Source (www.leadertoleader.org)
Guide to Small Business Team Building
3/13/2007
Summary:

Teams can take many forms during the early stages of growth inside the entrepreneurial venture. Providing adequate training and development for staff members makes group-based interactions more productive and many find the experience itself quite enjoyable. Here are links and suggestions for planning, implementing and measuring the results of team building activities.

Go To Source (www.work.com)

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