Archive for April, 2011

Four Reasons Any Action Is Better than None…

It’s well-known that busy people get the most done. Their secret is simple: They never stop moving… writes Rosabeth Moss Kanter for Bloomberg Businessweek. Of course, sitting still can be a good thing if it involves renewal, reflection, and focused attention (or having meals with the family). But sitting still can be a bad thing if it involves procrastination, indecision, and passivity… …Small wins matter. Small wins pave the way for bigger wins. A nudge in the right direction, as Cass Sunstein and the new behavioral economists tell us, can lead to major tipping points (per Malcolm Gladwell) when you…

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The Latest Business Book Reviews from Keen Thinker…

Top of the Pile: Keen Thinker gets a lot of books to review and preview. There are piles of books on each of the desks and on tables throughout the office. These are the books that rise to the top; their picks for the don’t-miss books of the month. Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas by Kevin P Coyne, Shawn T Coyne Nuts and Bolts of Sales Management: How to Build a High Velocity Sales Organization by John Treace The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success by Carol Sanford The Power Formula for Linkedin Success: Kick-Start Your Business, Brand,…

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How To Tell Someone They’re Wrong (And Make Them Feel Good About It)

By STEVEN BERGLAS for Forbes.com There are plenty of reasons not to tell someone they’re wrong. It’s uncomfortable, for one thing. You also might come off as rigid, unsympathetic, arrogant, or worst of all, politically incorrect. In some cases, depending on how much alcohol is involved, you might even get smacked in the mouth. Here’s what all the touchy-feely folks out there don’t get about constructive criticism: It’s invaluable. The important thing is how you deliver it. Everyone makes honest mistakes. What most people don’t realize is that embedded in criticism–constructively conveyed–is the wish to help someone get better at…

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Trends in Business Networking…

When Dr Ivan Misner, Founder and Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organisation, wrote his first book on business networking in the late 1980s, there were virtually no books or materials on the subject. When he did media interviews, the most common question was: “Isn’t networking just a fad?” After 25 years, he doesn’t get asked that question anymore. This is a field of study that is coming into its own. When he did my research for his first book, he could find almost nothing in the library on the topic. Today,  type the words “business networking” into…

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Carole Middleton: The Entrepreneurial Mum Who Raised A Princess

With thanks to www.workingmother.com… Behind many major events, there is often a working mother making things happen. In the case of the upcoming royal wedding that woman is Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton’s entrepreneurial mum. The elder Middleton was a stay at home mom when she launched Party Pieces in 1987 in the UK. Kate was 5 at the time and Carole landed on the idea for the business when she was unable to find affordable party bag presents for her children’s parties. The business grew to the point where her husband Michael quit his job as a flight dispatcher to…

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Ready to SELL your Mother of a Business?…

“Beware The Business Sale Tsunami” says Michael Fingland for Business Essentials. Isn’t it about time you started to seriously think about what you’re doing with your Mother of a Business, and why you’re doing it? If selling it as part of your “Super” is on your radar, then it’s time for you to seriously look  at what you’ve got to sell. If you don’t like what you see, then best contact me on sell@theentrepreneurialmother.com and we can work through it together… As the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement age, many thousands will be putting their businesses up for sale, or trying…

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The Micropreneur Manifesto: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter…

By Rob Walling for ChangeThis.com. Single founders creating products for niche markets are known by another name: micropreneurs. Micropreneurs may write software. They might design themes for a blogging platform. They may produce exquisite wedding invitations, or how-to books. Micropreneurs are agile, inspired, independent, knowledge seekers who can’t live with the 9-to-5 status quo. If this resonates with you, read on. This manifesto attempts to distill the key points you’ll need as you begin your micropreneur journey. I learned every one of them the hard way… Again, whilst I’m not fussed on yet another version of the entrepreneur tag, Rob…

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A Call Against Complacency…

Many will agree that a system of incentives is, and has been, the backbone of the success of the capitalist economic system. That over centuries, a network of incentives has driven innovation, which in turn has encouraged the inventiveness that has led to the unparalleled generation of ideas, goods, and services across America and the industrialized West. By Dambisa Moyo for ChangeThis.com […] Given the evidence and importance of positive incentives, why, over the past 50 years, have policymakers embarked on a systematic and deliberate strategy of putting in place a catalogue of policies that dis-incentivise citizens from acting in…

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Employers Worldwide Lack a Strategy for Developing Women Leaders, New Mercer Survey Shows…

No surprise to read (from CLOmedia.com) a headline  like that I’m sure. Here’s the rest of the sorry story… New York — March 7 Despite efforts by organizations around the world to achieve a diverse workforce, the majority – 71 percent – do not have a clearly defined strategy or philosophy for developing women for leadership roles, according to the new Women’s Leadership Development Survey conducted by Mercer in conjunction with Talent Management and Diversity Executive magazines. The survey, conducted in December 2010, includes responses from more than 1,800 human resource, talent management and diversity leaders at organizations throughout North…

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Huggies Australia MumInspired Grant Program; Registered yet?

Whilst I have a personal problem with the lameness of the term “mumpreneur”, it is nonetheless one that is being used to describe various forms of entrepreneurial mothers. However in this case, if a win comes from it, then that has to be a good thing, right?… Seventy per cent of Australian women have thought more about pursuing a business idea since becoming a mother, according to Australian mothers surveyed in the Huggies MumInspired Report. Currently women make up 33% of small business owners and the number is steadily climbing, which is fuelled by the growth of women starting their…

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