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This in-depth piece offers all the basics of Enterprise Resource Planning in a straightforward, no-nonsense way. It will be especially useful to owners of fast-growing organizations who need continuous efficiency improvement. ERP integrates all operations onto a single software platform and provides corporate-wide access. The main benefit is in order fulfillment.
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.
A Business Week columnist argues for putting a cork in the mouths of marketing gurus who spout jargon that only complicates an already complicated task. It's a fun piece filled with interesting facts that drive a very sharp point home: Always keep it simple.
A message to geeks who may not appreciate that marketing is a conversation with customers, this practical piece can help them understand that the passions of geeks are not the passions of users. Ten quick, clear tips.
This article quickly and clearly helps inventors and entrepreneurs understand the overall patent process and some of its pitfalls. (US patents are good only in the US, for example, not other countries.) If you're inventing or working with visionary technology, be sure to read this article before telling the world about your achievement.
Setting prices that yield profits means testing and monitoring. Test offers for responsiveness and for cost effectiveness. Monitor competitors to stay one step ahead (or keep up!) and suppliers to reduce costs as much as possible.
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.
The top leader at GE, Jeff Immelt, shares the 10-item checklist he uses to do his job. It will work for you and your managers too.
Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc (the first spreadsheet program for personal computers) and an accomplished entrepreneur, conducts an in-depth discussion with himself on the complexities of patent law and patent litigation. If you're headed that way, it's an informative read for you . . . and probably your lawyer, too.
This article contains sound, straightforward advice and specific "how-to's" about performance documentation that any manager or leader of people needs to have and use. Entrepreneurs: Practice and preach!
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