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Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.
Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."
This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.
Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.
Consensus, conviction, expertise, and an inspirational vision. "Smart" entrepreneurs may rely on the like, but they don't guarantee success. Guy Kawasaki shares ten ways of avoiding mistakes that happen in spite of the best intentions.
"Just the facts" was police sergeant Joe Friday's credo. It seems that any CEO would do well to practice the same approach. This eye-opening article explains why using facts to make major management decisions is the best, as well as the most obvious, way to be successful in business.
Want to spark innovation? Let your employees lead themselves while you behave as managing director. It works, sometimes, but it's clearly not for everyone because it comes with its own special challenges. This article is a brief, informative introduction to the concept.
Keeping your talented women executives on board may be tougher than keeping your men. Despite aggressive anti-discrimination efforts and myriad opportunities, women still hold significantly fewer top corporate posts than men. There are clear reasons for it, too, which entrepreneurs need to know.
Want to see how you stack up? Try this brief and informative test posted on author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki's Web site. Remember that the goal is to test knowledge, not capability. An A doesn't mean you're the next Steve Jobs; an F doesn't mean you're not.
Building a business to sell? Here's a dousing of cold water to keep you from inflating its value beyond reality. See also the eVenturing Collection "Valuing Pre-revenue Companies" for additional details on a topic dear to nearly every entrepreneur's heart.
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