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The Passion for Greatness
8/23/2007
Summary:

What's been the key to your success? Luck, you say? No way. More likely it's been consistent focus, demanding practice, and whole lot of hard work. The lesson here: The best get better by practicing longer than their competitors and with a deliberate purpose to learn every time.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
The Top Ten Lies of Corporate Partners
8/23/2007
Summary:

Translations of corporate-speak from author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki. An interesting, lively read with solid insights, this article makes you wonder if it's ever a good idea for an entrepreneurial enterprise to partner with a "corporation."

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Sample Board Meeting Minutes
8/30/2007
Summary:

Effectively tracking the who, what, where, when, and why of board decision-making in a concise, informative way is imperative, especially for a newly funded venture. This brief blog discussion is followed by an easy-to-use template for recording board minutes in a formal, logical fashion.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Seven Steps to Effective Competitor Benchmarking
8/30/2007
Summary:

Benchmarking your firm's performance against others is essential to creating and following a strategic plan. This comparison process can help entrepreneurs "gain the upper hand in a marketplace," according to Aurora WDC, a competitive intelligence firm.

The seven steps listed here will smooth the way to an improved ROI.

Go To Source (www.aurorawdc.com)
The Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt
9/6/2007
Summary:

In 1995, Jack Welch nearly fired Jeff Immelt for poor performance. Five years later Immelt found himself trying to fill Welch's shoes. How did he turn things around? What lessons are here for you as a leader and owner? Plenty. This interview is an inspiring, informative read.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)
9/20/2007
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Want to graduate from entreprneur to venture capitalist? Take the VCAT (venture capital aptitude test) to see if you've got the right stuff. Hint: You need more real-world experience than crunching numbers and drawing up business models. A lot more.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Things Leaders Do
9/20/2007
Summary:

The top leader at GE, Jeff Immelt, shares the 10-item checklist he uses to do his job. It will work for you and your managers too.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
Top 10 IT Trends
9/20/2007
Summary:

Well-known and well-published futurist Dr. James Canton predicts that the real-time economy of the 21st century will reveal IT as the primary enabling force driving competitive advantage. Check out Dr. Canton's top 10 IT trends for 2007.

Go To Source (www.futureguru.com)
Top Ten Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs
9/20/2007
Summary:

Really about the top ten "legal" mistakes startup entrepreneurs make, this piece offers practical, important tips on doing things right the first time to avoid costly legal rework later. Must-read information for founders who think "legal" can be dealt with "later."

Go To Source (hbswk.hbs.edu)
Trust Rules: The Most Important Secret About Trust
9/20/2007
Summary:

The premise of this in-depth, practical article is that trust impacts everything in your organization. As a result, trust is a key ingredient to your success, and you, as the top leader, must model and inspire appropriate behavior and consciously build a culture of trust.

Go To Source (humanresources.about.com)

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