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Profiling twenty-five methods used by consistently successful companies to stay ahead, often way ahead, this article will at the very least give you great ideas you can adapt and at best spark a few of your own. The innovative, highly effective techniques range from extreme tracking of competitors' numbers (Hewlett-Packard) to providing thousands of toys and gadgets to spark creativity (Ideo) to betting on new-product launch dates (Microsoft) to bright red "bad news" file folders (Colgate-Palmolive) that can head off catastrophe.
This article is specifically about managing creative people. But nearly any entrepreneur can benefit from a better understanding of the creative process and what motivates copywriters, designers, and programmers to perform at their very best. After all, the public face of your company might someday be in their hands.
In effect a promotion for "The Competitive Intelligence Handbook," this link is nonetheless of value because it provides the first four chapters in full, including an overview of the industry and some axioms entrepreneurs should understand. Links to other resources are a practical bonus.
Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.
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."
Even if it's "in place," your network requires continual vigilance and improvement. This article provides five "no-nos" that will help you keep up to date and up to speed by avoiding big mistakes.
Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.
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?
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.
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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