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Are You Starting a Business for All the Wrong Reasons?
If you're reading this article, chances are you have some sort of connection to the entrepreneur community. Maybe, just maybe, you're even an entrepreneur yourself, aspiring or established. You're looking for food for thought on how to get your business off the ground, and then keep it afloat. If that's the case, here's something to consider:...
How Do We Succeed and Manage Fresh Opportunities?
History records that when Jackie Robinson, an African-American, a black man was going to be hired to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 by its President Branch Rickey in a time when baseball was a major league sport played by white men, it was a risk that could revolutionize the sport forever but could also sparse very easily more...
Women and Business: When Lean UX Becomes Mean UX
This week I gave a talk about the principles of lean agency for the Agile community. Despite what Jeff Gothelf proposes in Lean UX, I argued that user experience (UX) agencies can be lean. My final point turned out to be a doozy and angered two senior UX colleagues employed by the event's host. Here's a quick breakdown of my key...
Speaking For Dough
I will never forget the first time I spoke on stage. I was so nervous. My biggest source of worry was "what will everyone think of me?" After all I was in my early 30's and most of the folks in the audience had been in business far longer than I. This trend continued for many years. Me speaking to folks who had more business experience and me...
Yes, Actually, You Are in Control
Here I am staring at an email in my inbox. A response to my request, one I thought more a formality than a requirement. I sat shocked, reading that my request, albeit not rudely, was denied. My temper started to rise. Emotions roiled. "What? How dare they do this to me! They just don't understand!" Then, I stopped. The reality hit me, full...
Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for Brands
Twitter is an essential platform for businesses marketing to other businesses and it's morphing quickly to a direct response "buy it now" platform functionality like Pinterest and Facebook. I anticipate "social selling" will accelerate moving forward, as social platforms embrace mobile enabled direct commerce and marketers pour more money into...
7 Steps to Ease Into Meditation
As a business owner, mom of two, wife, speaker, and consultant, managing each day effectively can be a challenge. I am sure I don't have to tell you. You know. My mind, like yours, is often filled with to-do lists, schedules, and responsibilities. It's easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but my secret to mental serenity in the face of a harried...
Entrepreneurs Today Don't Need a Big Budget to Start
It wasn't so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, like Shopify or Weebly Store. A programmer can build a new smartphone...
The SHEvolution Is Coming
This trend is changing the world, and I'm thrilled. At first, it tiptoes in quietly. On stilettos. Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, comes its deafening blast.Women are rising. Never before have we so aggressively, efficiently, fearlessly and successfully pursued our goals. The future is now, and females are leading.She's surging...
Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!
For the past few years, we have argued that the economy needs to continue the process of deleveraging as consumer and government debt levels remain far too high from an historical perspective. While we agreed with the Fed's initial aggressive action to save us from financial catastrophe during the throes of the financial crisis, we also said...
Is Your Business Challenging Conventional Thinking?
Whatever industry your business is in, there probably is a standard operating procedure for that particular industry. You probably hear it frequently when the old timers say, "This is how we do business." or "This is just the way business is done." Nearly every industry has a typical way of conducting business, and some are changing faster than...
How to Disrupt Unemployment
Vint Cerf and David Nordfors are the leaders of the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit.Some say all jobs may be automated. Perhaps next thing consumption will be automated, too, and then we are really in trouble. Seriously, something does not make sense with this way of thinking.Instead, innovation may disrupt unemployment. With a new mindset that...
8 Things to Know When You Want to Work for Yourself
Being an entrepreneur is one of the greatest experiences we can have. It is also one of the hardest and most difficult to embrace. The absence of the once secure bi-weekly paycheck and the uncertainty of any decision in the name of the project constantly puts us on the edge.But venturing out on your own is rewarding. Every project, job,...
The Creative Class with Paddle8: Tips for Launching a Successful Startup (VIDEO)
In just three short years Paddle8 an innovative marketplace infusing technology and art has held hundreds auctions with over $100MM in bidding activity and raising over $25MM for charities. They've quickly expanded their reach with members and bidders from hundreds of countries and they are also setting records with their most expensive work,...
How To Avoid 'No Vacation Nation' Burnout
Entrepreneurs are known for working long hours, so it's no wonder they have a hard time stepping away from their business long enough to take, much less enjoy, a summer vacation. This is especially true in America, which has developed a reputation as the "No Vacation Nation," as nearly 60 percent of people admit to feeling...
Go West Young Man (or Woman)
As a kid I loved westerns. In fact, I still do. My favorite show was Bonanza and Young Guns was one of my favorite movies. I've always had a kind of love affair with the idea of the West. The freedom, the open spaces, the rugged individualism, and no rules, always attracted me. The reality was surely different but the ideas and ideals were what...
6 Ways You Can Solve Your Lead Generation Problems Right Now
Are you struggling to find new prospects for your business? Have your lead generation techniques started to fizzle out just a bit? Finding new prospects can take up a lot of your time and energy, which are limited resources. You could work harder for your lead generation needs, or you could work smarter. These six ideas will help you solve your...
The Simple LinkedIn Mistake That Is Killing Your Job Chances
Millions of LinkedIn users are sabotaging their own careers and job search by making an easy to fix mistake -- misspelling words in their job titles and LinkedIn Professional Headlines.We all know how deadly misspellings are in resumes. Somehow, many of us have not translated that understanding to our LinkedIn Profiles. As a result, we make a...
Grow Your Business by Protecting Your Life With Guardrails
If you want a successful business, you almost always have to go through this intense startup period. When the business gains success and momentum, far too many business owners fail to recognize they can and should shift the intensity and begin to put up some simple guardrails.
Focus turns to U.S. outlook, Russian stocks stabilise
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World shares hovered just below all-time highs on Tuesday as investors drew encouragement from a rally in Chinese markets and beaten-down Russian stocks enjoyed some relief after three days of heavy selling. Investors remained cautious, however, given geopolitical jitters and a torrent of U.S. economic news due to come this week, including a Federal Reserve meeting and GDP data on Wednesday and non-farm payrolls figures on Friday...
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