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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.
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This article covers the story of TerraCycle, a company that has brought innovation to the fertilizer business. The company's story offers a case study in bootstrapping a business to success.
Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."
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