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The Four Drivers of Innovation
1/19/2007
Summary:

Innovation is commonly thought to be the same as creativity, but according to research from the Gallup organization, creativity is a precursor to innovation only when coupled with business action. This article highlights the ways in which entrepreneurs can foster an environment of innovation, including finding and nurturing talent and developing managers.

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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)
Guide to Planning an Exit Strategy
3/13/2007
Summary:

Business planning experts suggest that entrepreneurs plan for their exit from the company during the initial phases of the process. It is important to consider personal and financial goals, as well as how the value of the business will be determined at the point of transition. This article includes links to tools and templates to make a well-informed decision.

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Guide to Turning Around a Troubled Business
3/9/2007
Summary:

There are three key processes involved in reviving a company on a downward path, including determining the root cause of the difficulties, rethinking strategy, and realigning the overall business process to meet new strategic directives. This guide provides specific advice and links to resources to analyze business processes and financial health, to assess the market, and how to identify the people necessary to make the change happen.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
The Marketing Plan: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
5/24/2007
Summary:

Need a marketing plan, but want it to be practical enough to get implemented? Here's a simple template billed as the "world's shortest marketing plan." It may be just what you are looking for.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
The Vision Thing: Without It You'll Never Be a World-Class Organization
5/30/2007
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Success takes more than a compelling vision. As the leader of your company, you need to be able to implement your vision--train, prepare, and equip your team to live according to it.

Go To Source (www.leadertoleader.org)
Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things
5/24/2007
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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.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Developing A Business Plan
6/4/2007
Summary:

This tool will take you through the step-by-step process of developing a business plan that includes all the basic elements needed.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Maintaining an Agile Company
6/4/2007
Summary:

By using the steps in this tool, you will be able to better identify opportunities for change, determine if you are ready for change, recognize what your customers want and create the proper environment for change in your company.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
My golden rule - 49 Leaders, from Buffett to Spitzer, Share Their Secrets to Success
6/8/2007
Summary:

What is your philosophy business or life? See how it compares to 49 business visionaries and the single philosophy that they swear by in business, life, or both. These highly successful individuals give concise statements of how they think and nearly all provide insightful explanations in two or three conversational paragraphs.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)

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