I'll take innovation anywhere I can find it -- but there are two guidelines that help maximize my chances.
What networking activities should first-time entrepreneurs focus on to increase their chances of success? By Jim Pulcrano, Executive Director, IMD Startups can rarely afford to pay what something is really worth and thus must use personal contacts – that is, their network – to obtain whatever is required, including investments, customers, employees, or lab space.
The rapid growth of social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn has left many people uncertain as to how they should draw the line between professional and personal communications. It’s a bit of a balancing act, but if you follow a few rules of thumb, you’ll do a better job of managing a professional brand.
Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts. Small talk may feel trite and unimportant, but it's the small talk that leads to the big talk.
by Gary Edwards and Mike Amos | 8:58 AM December 2, 2011 This post is part of the HBR Forum, The Future of Retail . For decades the mystery shopper was the main way retailers assessed operations from a customer's point of view. By sending in a fake shopper, typically once a month, an individual store essentially was buying a dozen performance snapshots per year. Then telephone surveys began to supplement mystery shopping. Today, digital technologies are supplanting both, with online customer surveys providing an exponentially greater number of performance snapshots per day.
by Ron Ashkenas | 12:52 PM February 6, 2012
One aspect of doing business is access: who can you reach and at what level have they surrendered their borders to you? For instance, if one has a website selling quality industrial bags like RJ Diaz, and you come to that site, then I have zero access to you, except that you’ve loaned me your eyeballs for a moment.
I’m not the life of the party. I’m not someone who can step into a gathering and work a room. I’m pretty introverted in real life.
photo: Courtesy Josh Bycel Connector Josh Bycel raised $50,000 in three weeks to fund a medical clinic at a refugee camp in Darfur. We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone.
The ability and need to communicate touches every area of our lives. Everything we do in life requires communication with others. Just try to not communicate at work for a day or in your business transactions and see what happens.
Most people think about apps running on their smartphones, but we're seeing more and more web services launching app "stores" that allow you to beef up your account. LinkedIn's list of apps is relatively small compared to other popular marketplaces, but what the site lacks in quantity it makes up in quality.
Are you generating the most value from your professional relationships?
Networking is a seminal skill for many careers.
by Bill Barnett | 1:32 PM December 12, 2011 Professional networks are by far the most important source of new job opportunities. Networks are critical to your career. But building a powerful network takes time.
“ It’s not net-sit or net-eat. It’s net-WORK .” – Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI Yes, networking is work. It requires systematically connecting with the right people in the right places with the right message and the right touch. Here are seven networking “rules” that I consider essential.