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Workforce Innovations 2008
Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.
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.
"Just the facts" was police sergeant Joe Friday's credo. It seems that any CEO would do well to practice the same approach. This eye-opening article explains why using facts to make major management decisions is the best, as well as the most obvious, way to be successful in business.
Want to spark innovation? Let your employees lead themselves while you behave as managing director. It works, sometimes, but it's clearly not for everyone because it comes with its own special challenges. This article is a brief, informative introduction to the concept.
Be sure to spend at least as much time orienting and training new employees as you did to hire them. And then continue to oversee their development. Why? New hires, especially, need focused guidance to make the most of their talents and do it effectively in your organization. Plus, you are grooming them (we hope) to run the business so you can grow the company.
Keeping your talented women executives on board may be tougher than keeping your men. Despite aggressive anti-discrimination efforts and myriad opportunities, women still hold significantly fewer top corporate posts than men. There are clear reasons for it, too, which entrepreneurs need to know.
Start-ups face special marketing challenges, not the least of which can be the founder's ego. This article is an excellent in-depth review of the big sales problems startups can experience--and how to solve them.
This article is thought-provoking and will help entrepreneurs build both philosophy and practice concerning performance. For example: Should reviews be more about improving the company's results or more about improving the individual's performance? The extensive commentary from individual managers is especially valuable.
Controversy continues over whether or not the performance review process is an effective tool for motivating and improving employee performance. Yet many entrepreneurs make the assumption that the evaluation process will lead to a better-performing organization. Too often, the purpose of employee reviews is unclear -- to both leadership and the employee -- and training in the process is generally not provided.
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