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Terry Gold, a seasoned tech entrepreneur, tells you he is not an expert at hiring salespeople, but he has had some experience. Here's some advice on what to watch out for. First off? Hire people who will "sell stuff." Like Terry's advice? See the blog posts and articles Terry authored for the eVenturing site.
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This author and CEO touts the benefits an entrepreneur can get from pairing up with an occupational health provider when looking to improve the safety and health of their employees. Whether its drug testing, health and wellness programs, regulatory standards, or safety issues, an occupational health provider seeks for ways to improve the workplace.
Startups are not just a risk for investors. They are also a risk for the attorneys and other service providers that choose to work with them. That's because there's no guarantee an early-stage company will be around to pay a law firm for all the work it's done - let alone become a long-term customer.
Sometimes the best healthcare innovations come from great minds outside of the healthcare industry, which is why it's important for startups to have diverse minds on staff.
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.
The title of founder should be given to one person in a startup if possible, or to multiple people with equal equity in the company, says entrepreneur Jay Adelson.
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.
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.
Age is an issue for today's entrepreneurs, especially those in technology-based businesses, writes the author, who founded an Internet company right out of college. Younger entrepreneurs, he argues, are more likely than their elders to be technologically astute and to be creative and flexible, attributes that are integral to their companies and enable those enterprises to succeed. The author includes tips for using youth as an advantage in business.
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