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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 Bootstrapping
8/2/2007
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How do you succeed at "bootstrapping"? Author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki lists eleven highly practical "must do" behaviors for entrepreneurs and explains why they are so important. Examples: "Focus on cash flow, not profitability" and "Forget the 'proven team.'"

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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 Execution
8/2/2007
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Finding--and getting--the money you need to grow your company is important and exciting. Even more important, but too often not so exciting, is doing the right things in the right ways with that money. This article lists ten ways to "execute" effectively so the money does the job it's supposed to do.

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The Art of the Layoff
8/23/2007
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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.

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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."

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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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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.

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