Archive for the ‘Lessons & Epiphanies’ Category

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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The Entrepreneurial Free Spirit

Icon Written by Alora on November 30, 2010 – 11:41 am

One of the biggest benefits of having your own business is getting to define success for yourself, instead of trying to live up to someone else’s definitions and rules.

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Alternatives to Financial Motivators

Icon Written by Alora on November 23, 2010 – 11:41 am

Intrinsic motivation are your own internal motivators — a need for success, a desire to make an impact, your own craving for perfection, contribution or collaborative connection with other talented people. Extrinsic motivation are the outside motivators — money, praise, recognition, bonuses, perks, etc.

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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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Contingent Small Business Workforce

Icon Written by Alora on July 7, 2010 – 2:03 pm

Virtualization, globalization and economic changes convert long-time employees into (sometimes reluctant) entrepreneurs.

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Dealing with Late Paying Clients

Icon Written by Alora on June 30, 2010 – 1:58 pm

What happens in your business when your clients are late paying their invoices?

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Kill Crappy Customer Service

Icon Written by Alora on June 9, 2010 – 11:13 am

Customer service can be the silver bullet that distinguishes a small business from its competitors. What is good customer service versus bad customer service?

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The Entrepreneurial Highway

Icon Written by Alora on April 24, 2010 – 10:40 am

I had an interesting Escape from Cubicle Nation moment this past week: I got a job offer — for the precise type of work I used to do (and love). The job paid what I used to make in NYC (which would be an extremely nice income in Central Texas), and it was the opportunity […]

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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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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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