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The Essence of Leadership
8/23/2007
Summary:

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 Nonstop, 24-7 CEO Salesman
8/23/2007
Summary:

An exhilarating ride with Pat Cavanaugh, sales rep supreme and CEO of the promotions company he founded in college, this lengthy article can't help but make you a better salesperson. It provides information, insight, and inspiration for entrepreneurs who need to sell. And who doesn't?

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The Parallel Entrepreneur
8/23/2007
Summary:

Serial entrepreneurs start a company, move on, and start another one. Parallel entrepreneurs do that, too, but with several companies at once. This VC blogger likes the idea, for the most part, and explains why: Such diversification can be synergistic.

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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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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 Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt
9/6/2007
Summary:

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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Structuring Corporate Buy-Sell Agreements
9/13/2007
Summary:

The death of a shareholder in a closely held corporation raises serious questions for the surviving shareholders--tax, valuation, funding, and control, among others. This relatively brief but highly informative article advises: state your piece and make your peace before your company faces one of life's tragic inevitabilities.

Go To Source (www.nysscpa.org)
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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