Archive for December, 2010

Entrepreneurs Are Natural Optimists

Icon Written by Alora on December 30, 2010 – 12:54 pm

Optimism is at the heart of entrepreneurial power and success.

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Take off the Cape, Super Yes Man

Icon Written by Alora on December 28, 2010 – 11:41 am

When does an entrepreneur’s innate optimism create expectation management challenges, and how do you mitigate those risks effectively?

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Trust in the Power of Honesty

Icon Written by Alora on December 23, 2010 – 12:54 pm

One of the reasons that I am a fan of the collaborative freelancer model of doing work vs. the traditional employee model is because, in an ideal scenario, it can require a higher degree of leadership accountability. If I am freelancing with a company, and the team I am working with is being led by someone who is abusive or unreasonable, it is often a much simpler process for me to walk away at the end of a project than it is if I am an actual employee. The model encourages me to be diversified in my client-base enough that it grants me the luxury of more choice when it comes to who I choose to work with.

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Do As I Do, Not As I Say

Icon Written by Alora on December 22, 2010 – 11:41 am

Listening to what your customers say may be the norm, but watching what they actually do is often far more revealing.

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Finding the Right Expert Advice

Icon Written by Alora on December 16, 2010 – 12:53 pm

One of my single biggest frustrations is talking to entrepreneurs and hearing horror stories about having their websites built. I hear them all the time: an entrepreneur pays someone a ridiculous amount of money for five static HTML pages that he/she cannot update themselves, and then disappears, never to be heard from again.

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Are You Speaking Your Customers’ Language?

Icon Written by Alora on December 14, 2010 – 11:41 am

Words and phrases like CMS, SEO, PPC, Twitter, RSS, HTTPS, PHP, QA, RFP, ROI, CRM, PMO, etc. all come flying out of my mouth faster and more readily than my own name… and then I realize: the person I’m speaking with has no idea what I’m talking about. How do jargon-heavy specialists remember to speak their customers’ language?

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Re-working Work for Virtual Teams

Icon Written by Alora on December 9, 2010 – 12:53 pm

Because information-based work is almost never done in a vacuum, most of us work in teams. And a large percentage of those teams can go weeks — if ever — without seeing each other face-to-face.

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Work vs. Life Needs

Icon Written by Alora on December 7, 2010 – 11:41 am

Startups tend to attract workaholics. But what about your team members who aren’t workaholics? Are you being reasonable with your expectations? And do you have a morale problem on your hands because some of your team works 60+ hours a week and others don’t?

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Inspired Greatness

Icon Written by Alora on December 2, 2010 – 12:53 pm

Over the years, something has become clear to me about each of these incredible men and women. I’ve come to realize that the difference between a good boss and a great boss is the ability to create a legend. That mystique is how a great boss attracts and builds a great team.

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