Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Grumble, Bumble, Facebook Trouble

Icon Written by Alora on June 3, 2010 – 10:53 am

What does it say about your business if you bans access to Facebook and Twitter? I think it says a lot about your culture — most of which isn’t good.

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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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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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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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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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These are a few of my favorite things

Icon Written by Alora on February 15, 2010 – 10:05 am

One of my favorite parts of the end of any year are the ‘year in review’ and/or ‘next year’s prediction’ lists.  And when it’s a year that ends in a “0,” the lists are usually longer, more interesting and cover a longer window.  So, too, already with this year.  As we head into 2010, we […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Icon Written by Alora on February 2, 2010 – 10:30 am

Personality tests are one of my favorite types of brain candy.  I find something innately amusing about trying to discern something about someone’s psyche from how they answer a quiz or the way they seat themselves around a conference table during a meeting.  Whether there is validity to them or not is always secondary to […]

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My Favorite Bloggers

Icon Written by Alora on December 24, 2009 – 1:07 pm

As someone who consumes most of her daily doses of new information through the blogosphere (as opposed to traditional media), there are different bloggers I read for different reasons.  As I’ve been trying to streamline my process for writing more (and better), myself, I’ve been thinking more and more about what I specifically get out […]

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Trick Questions

Icon Written by Alora on October 14, 2009 – 4:33 pm

Some questions are just a trick. The interview process is full of these: there really is no right or wrong answer. The point is just to read something into which option you pick. My favorite of these is the famous one: “Which is more important to you: being liked or being respected?” As a boss, […]

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