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Posted by on Dec 9, 2009 in Leadership | 0 comments

Choreographing Your Business

Whether you’re an emerging entrepreneur with a small management team or a corporate leader with a much larger staff, you know that the unique talents of your team make up the overall effectiveness of your company. Each person has a talent that makes your company move forward. You, as the entrepreneur, have to give direction to your teams’ talents. And you, as a team member have to work towards that entrepreneurial vision. In many ways, a team dynamic in the office parallels that on the performers stage. While I’m not a huge fan of choreography, this video is quite fascinating and illustrates the team...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Making Your Own Path

Before you read, watch this video of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: Wayne Rooney typifies the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: Be a decisive person — You need to be able to make decisions based on your entrepreneurial vision. Make quick decisions — Just as Wayne Rooney makes split-second moves to avoid the oncoming tires, entrepreneurs need to think on their feet. Navigate through obstacles — Whether it’s financing, customer acquisitions or finding time to take a break, entrepreneurs have to navigate through seemingly countless obstacles. It’s essential to have that vision to guide...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Venice and Building a Sustinable Future

A couple of years ago, I had a chance to visit the “City of Light,” where ornate masks hung in nearly every shop window and pigeons swarmed seas of tourists. I also had the opportunity to enjoy the incredible artistry in St. Mark’s Basilica. Inspiring generations of luminaries, such as Ernest Hemmingway and countless artists, Venice is also known as the “Sinking City.” Though the New York Times described Venice as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man,” the city is in slowly descending into the waters it was built upon. Venice has been the home of some of the greatest painters and thinkers of all time. It is through their collective efforts that Venice is the wonder that it is today. Unfortunately, this monument to the human imagination and spirit will slip into the sea. As business leaders, we strive to create brands that embody the tireless efforts and talents of all those involved in its creation. Unfortunately, Venice’s ultimate demise illustrates the instability and unsustainable structure...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Preventing Power Outages

A toaster, air conditioner, coffee pot, computer and everything goes black. I’m still getting used to a new apartment building. It was formerly a hotel about a hundred years ago. When the electrical engineer designed the power grid, they did not count on supplying  the energy to all of my electrical devices. It was rather funny because I’ve never maxed-out the power before–as I’ve always lived in updated apartments. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Did I pay my electric bills? Was there a widespread outage earlier that morning? It took maintenance two seconds to solve my problem: restart the breakers. Entrepreneurs face similar challenges. Press releases, social media, interviews, distribution, financials, business plans, marketing plans are some of the many tasks an emerging entrepreneur confront. Managing the chaos is challenging and exhausting. Just as my toaster, air conditioner, coffee pot and computer burned-out my electrical supply, don’t let all of your responsibilities snuff-out your flame. It’s about being realistic. You cannot do everything at once, so...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Leadership | 0 comments

It Might Be Important

“To live every week like it’s Shark Week might be a metaphor for living in our media environment,” writes a columnist in national magazine. This might be a terrible excerpt to bold in the editorial, or it might not be. Reading this blurb I had to laugh because it could potentially be an interesting, provocative statement. But it falls flat. The addition of “might be” makes this statement weak and very noncommittal. One side or the other–which is it? The same is true in business. The most successful entrepreneurs often have two essential attributes: smarts and commitment. If you think your business might be profitable, then it might not be a worthy pursuit. Going into the game with the firm belief that yes, you will win is the only way to win. Do you think Barack Obama or John McCain thought, “I might be then next president of the United States.” No, both of them believed they were going to be the one. It is really the difference between...

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