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How Companies "Find Themselves": A New Approach to Organizational Alignment
1/19/2007
Summary:

Having your company run like a well-oiled machine may not be enough. A company is not a machine, but a living entity. For true organizational alignment, a company needs to understand its sense of self, its values, and how it is perceived in the marketplace. Initiatives coming from a company's core values when matched to customer values have a better chance for success.

Go To Source (www.bpmmag.net)
New Profit
1/19/2007
Summary:

While confusing to investors, mixing financial investments with philanthropic giving is a concept that is gaining ground. Good Capital is one organization collecting a portfolio of social enterprises and provides funding for their "social good" along with cash returns to their investors.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
Recruiting a New Director
1/19/2007
Summary:

Bringing new board members into your company can be complicated. Brad Feld provides some best practices for managing this complex process, including: recruiting, analyzing current board composition, and establishing selection criteria.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Rocket Man
1/19/2007
Summary:

How can you come up with innovations as a scientist would? You need to dream big, come up with an expansive set of goals, and then break your plan down into a series of simple steps. Also put in place the best possible team and be sure to develop your plan B.

Go To Source (www.indystar.com)
Small Company, Big Brand
1/19/2007
Summary:

For entrepreneurial ventures to compete with larger competitors, creative publicity and inventive viral marketing campaigns are among some tactics that can be used. Building a brand requires a compelling story and solid leadership.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
The Basics of Mentoring
1/19/2007
Summary:

To have next-generation leaders within growth businesses, mentoring is a proven method of developing staff for succession. The process creates an environment which can lead to higher levels of profitability, employee retention, increased revenue, and job satisfaction.

Go To Source (gmj.gallup.com)
What's to Be Done About Performance Reviews?
1/19/2007
Summary:

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.

Go To Source (hbswk.hbs.edu)
Get That Gazelle Out of My Space!
1/8/2007
Summary:

This article provides a helpful list of commonly used terms in the technology and entrepreneurship realm, including barriers to entry, discounted net present value, and the long tail.

Go To Source (www.innovation-america.org)
Companies, Going Public
11/1/2006
Summary:

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains a comprehensive guide, QandA: Small Business and the SEC, that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply.

Go To Source (www.sec.gov)
Entrepreneur's Tool Box
11/1/2006
Summary:

This resource offers a basic tool box for entrepreneurs and includes samples of business models, marketing collaterals, and templates for licensing and determining profitability of new ventures.

Go To Source (www.pepvc.com)

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