Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

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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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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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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The Tribe of the Entrepreneur

Icon Written by Alora on October 19, 2010 – 11:40 am

If you’re an entrepreneur, how and where do you find like-minded people with whom to build your own tribe?

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Is entrepreneurship a means or an end?

Icon Written by Alora on August 10, 2010 – 10:32 am

For some people entrepreneurship is a philosophy. For others, it’s the price we pay for an idea we are passionate about. But what’s the difference?

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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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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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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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