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NDE-news: October 3 - 10, 2005 - It Pays to be a Copycat?
6/8/2007
Summary:

This news note cites an article, and#34;The Power of Dumb Ideas,and#34; in which Randall Rothenberg argues that, when it comes to success in business, emphasis on strategy imitation outperforms emphasis on innovation. Source for the article is a Booz Allen Hamilton study of successful business strategies over 30 years.

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Next-Gen Innovators
6/8/2007
Summary:

Have venture capitalists overlooked innovation in industries such as nanotech, biotech, medical devices, and semiconductors? A new generation of entrepreneur-innovators is succeeding in such arenas-with promises of more to come. VCs are beginning to take notice. The article offers an overview of industries and products with explanations by entrepreneurs.

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TEC© Best Practices: CEO Skills
6/8/2007
Summary:

This article explains how CEOs can be more efficient in their personal organization of time, providing specific approaches to specific challenges. It also outlines the broader responsibilities CEOs have of effecting change and coaching employees through the change process. TEC is now known as Vistage.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Customer Retention
6/8/2007
Summary:

This "best practices" article explains, from the entrepreneur's point of view, the finer points of retaining customers, a practice that costs one-fifth as much as acquiring new ones. The article provides specific, practical suggestions for retaining external customers and ensuring positive relationships with internal customers (your employees.)

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Negotiating Business Deals
6/8/2007
Summary:

A good overview of how to think about negotiating in a win-win framework, this article explodes four myths about the process and offers "six steps to a better deal." Practical advice, such as how to improve your negotiating skills and those of your people, is also included.

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TEC© Best Practices: Strategic Alliances
6/14/2007
Summary:

A productive strategic alliance occurs when two enterprises come together with talents, skills, and resources neither posssesses on its own to create profit neither could have achieved on its own. Benefits can include more effective access to markets, better technology, faster and better new product development, and wider distribution. This article provides a practical overview of the process.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
Ten Questions with Polly LaBarre
6/14/2007
Summary:

Do you have edgy, independent leaders working inside your company? If not, you should--and you should understand why you do not at the moment. Management author Guy Kawasaki interviews former Fast Company editor Polly LaBarre to gain insights on how "Mavericks at Work" (the title of her book, coauthored with another Fast Company editor) can impact a company's growth.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Better Beginnings
7/12/2007
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Getting ready to do your first presentation to a VC or angel? A good beginning leads to a happy ending. An experienced speaker and writer provides entertaining and useful advice on why your business presentations should open with a spark instead of a spreadsheet.

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Board of Directors: The Chairman
7/12/2007
Summary:

Feld shares some straightforward thoughts on why positions of CEO and board chairman should be separated. This idea has distinct benefits, especially for smaller companies, Feld writes. The piece is one in a series on boards of directors.

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Brand Yourself
7/12/2007
Summary:

This article lists and explains five steps to building your personal brand. The basics are to develop expertise and then become known for that expertise. It takes more than networking to get noticed; it takes a good product. In this case, that product is you.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)

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