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Extensive research over the past twenty-five years clearly demonstrates that talent is not the driving force behind success. Years of hard work and disciplined "deliberate practice" on a frequent, regular basis are what make the greats great in any field, including 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.
Building a business to sell? Here's a dousing of cold water to keep you from inflating its value beyond reality. See also the eVenturing Collection "Valuing Pre-revenue Companies" for additional details on a topic dear to nearly every entrepreneur's heart.
This article justifies and explains a three-step hiring process that almost guarantees improvement in the typically low correlation between traditional interviewing techniques and predicting success on the job. With turnover costing 1.5 times the salary of the departing employee, can you afford not to read this story?
This article is to-the-point and practical with a couple of valuable tips. If you're on a budget, look into "provisional patents." Always seek out an attorney in the special intellectual property niche you're in, not just an IP generalist.
The hidden cost here is outsourcing customer service functions. This article cites major corporations that tried it and didn't like it because customer satisfaction decreased. If you're a service company, think twice about short-term cost savings versus long-term competitive advantage.
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.
There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.
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.
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