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Top Ten Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs
9/20/2007
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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."

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Trust Rules: The Most Important Secret About Trust
9/20/2007
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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.

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VC Confidential: Live and Let Die
9/20/2007
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"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" could be the lament of a VC as well as a poker player. Wait a minute: VCs are poker players! How do you know when to shut down a promising enterprise that's not quite making it? Here are some hints from a VC blog.

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The Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt
9/6/2007
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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.

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Sample Board Meeting Minutes
8/30/2007
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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.

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Seven Steps to Effective Competitor Benchmarking
8/30/2007
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Benchmarking your firm's performance against the performance of others is essential to creating and following a strategic plan. The seven steps listed here from a professional competitive intelligence service will smooth the way to an improved ROI.

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The Art of Distribution
8/23/2007
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Virality. Adjacency. Eyeballs. "Distribution" now means more than getting products from the factory to the store shelf. But there is a constant in the chaos: revenue production. If you run a consumer-facing venture, pay attention.

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The Art of the Layoff
8/23/2007
Summary:

Did we learn anything about laying off employees during the dot-com bubble of 2000? Business pundit Guy Kawasaki thinks so, but just in case . . . he's provided in this blog thirteen on-target tips for entrepreneurs on the bubble now, even if they don't know it.

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The Essence of Leadership
8/23/2007
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Managing the day-to-day, conceptualizing a better future, and making it happen form the foundation for the "essence" of leadership: "Leaving your footprint in your area of passion." This article is a perceptive discussion about leadership and lists the eight qualities required to lead "paradigmatic change."

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The Passion for Greatness
8/23/2007
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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)

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