Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

Can You Learn To Do, Instead of By Doing?

Icon Written by Alora on April 16, 2010 – 10:37 pm

I am guilty of a great many assumptions. There are a lot of things that I take for granted — the types of things that come naturally to me, the perspective I have on things, the business insights I rely on, the experiences I draw from — are all things that frequently turn out to […]

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It’s Not a Career Path, It’s a Career Highway

Icon Written by Alora on March 29, 2010 – 11:55 am

As a career management advocate turned Entrepreneur Evangelist, I recently had an epiphany that clarified some of the change I’ve experienced over the past two years, as I’ve moved from my old life to my new one. I’ve been lacking an effective metaphor to describe both the process and my present (and potentially future) state. […]

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A ‘No Vacation Policy’ Policy

Icon Written by Alora on March 18, 2010 – 11:10 am

Last spring, I was reading the annual WorldBlu list of the most democratically run organizations in the world. One of the companies that caught my eye was one whose democratic organizational practices included eliminating a formal vacation day policy. I remember making a mental note of the idea, because I liked it and wanted to […]

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A List of Lists for Entrepreneurs

Icon Written by Alora on March 17, 2010 – 11:10 am

As if year-end wrap up lists weren’t enough fun by themselves, I thought I’d share another particularly good ‘list of lists’ specifically designed for small business owners. SmallBizBee compiles a list of their most popular published list, to create the Top 10 Small Business List Posts of 2009 master list. Ranging from topics such as […]

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Business Mentors

Icon Written by Alora on March 16, 2010 – 11:16 am

For any entrepreneur, the value of a mentor can almost never be overstated.  Whether it’s building your business plan, defining your market, figuring out a product strategy, or trying to sell your spouse on the idea that giving up a steady paycheck from someone else is a sane thing to do, a mentor is one […]

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Small Business Skydiving

Icon Written by Alora on March 15, 2010 – 12:27 pm

As my year-end consumption of ‘top ten lists‘ continues, I came across one on Chicago Now called “The Top 10 Small Business Trends of the Decade” by Barry Moltz.  In the list he mentions several things that have all dovetailed together to define the changing nature of work — most centered around the pros and […]

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Guest Post: Business Plans vs. Business Strategy

Icon Written by Austin on March 10, 2010 – 8:34 pm

This is a guest blog post by Austin Gunter.  To read more of Austin’s work, you should check out his blog at AustinGunter.com. Conquer your enemies. Use your own agility to make your opponent move even slower. The faster you can make decisions and take action, the more deadly you will be when facing your […]

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Not Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Icon Written by Alora on February 24, 2010 – 10:00 am

I love startups. I love the chaos. I love the insane hours. I love the energy. I love the types of people who are attracted to work on high-risk ideas with long odds. I love the culture that evolves around them. I love it all. I have spent my career hopping from one startup to […]

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The Entrepreneurial Economy

Icon Written by Alora on February 23, 2010 – 7:53 pm

As my year-end consumption of ‘top ten lists‘ continues, I came across one on Chicago Now called “The Top 10 Small Business Trends of the Decade” by Barry Moltz.  In the list he mentions several things that have all dovetailed together to define the changing nature of work — most centered around the pros and […]

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Don’t Play the Work-Life Waiting Game

Icon Written by Alora on February 22, 2010 – 10:00 am

Tim Berry has a recent post on MyVenturePad that is highly worth reading.  He takes issue with a VentureBeat post that essentially recommends to entrepreneurs that they sacrifice their life until they get their business successfully built. Tim hits the nail on the head right out of the gate: the absurdity of that recommendation is […]

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