Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

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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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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Experience vs. Talent

Icon Written by Alora on November 26, 2010 – 11:41 am

How do you know when to hire for experience versus when to hire for raw talent? This is a difficult question for entrepreneurs trying to build a new startup. Experience holds a lot of appeal, but it comes with a high cost — sometimes too high for a bootstrapping startup. Can raw, young talent really compare?

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The Entrepreneurial Marathon

Icon Written by Alora on November 17, 2010 – 11:40 am

One of the things that many entrepreneurs enjoy about their own business is freedom from the constraints of life in a large enterprise environment. The downside, of course, is that the way large enterprise environments lure in eager, talented employees year after year, is because they make sure to offer incentives that hold more than a little bit of appeal.

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The Startup Marriage

Icon Written by Alora on November 4, 2010 – 12:53 pm

The geeky geniuses who build cool things are rarely the ones who have the business and people skills to get it to market, build an organization around it, and monetize it enough so that everyone can live off of it.

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Do You Love Your Business More Than Your Family?

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

Old school advice about loving your business more than loving your family makes a lot of assumptions — not the least of which is that your family could or should wait around for you to start living up to your obligations.

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5 Steps in Finding the Right Team for Your Startup

Icon Written by Alora on October 26, 2010 – 11:40 am

I was recently talking to a single friend about his misadventures in dating. He was telling me about different approaches he’d take, the types of questions he’d ask and then — inevitably — the crazy type of mismatches he’d find himself with. I couldn’t help but think about this conversation as I read Tim Berry’s great blog post called, “5 Ways to Build a Team that Builds Itself.”

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Partnership Planning

Icon Written by Alora on August 23, 2010 – 10:17 am

Are you prepared for what will happen to your business if your partner dies? What about if they divorce their spouse? In community property states, did you realize that your business partner’s divorce could mean that half of his share of your business could now be owned by his soon-to-be-ex? Are you ok with that?

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