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Untitled. These days it’s not difficult to turn ideas into action but so many budding entrepreneurs still struggle with the doing part.


Here are some simple tips for getting your idea out into the world. Don’t Sell a Product, Sell a Whole New Way of Thinking. We all know the story. A team creates a groundbreaking new innovation only to see it mired in internal debates. When it is eventually launched in the market, there is an initial flurry of sales to early adopters, but then sales cycles become sluggish. Pilot customers are enthusiastic, but broader adoption is slow even with customer support and training.

The Shift in Consciousness from Enterprise Silos to Ecosystem Wholeness #FoW. Social Business - The Future of Work Series Part 1 of 11.

The Shift in Consciousness from Enterprise Silos to Ecosystem Wholeness #FoW

Something remarkable happened during the recent Blue Water Utility Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summits. The conversations in the room shifted from thinking as a single enterprise managing part of a large and complex city waterways system to thinking as a member of a connected ecosystem experiencing the ‘Wholeness of Waterways’. Which is the best mindmapping software? I track discussions about mind mapping on Twitter and in blogs, and I often hear or read the question "Which is the best mindmapping software?

Which is the best mindmapping software?

" Anyone who gives you a single, immediate answer either knows you and your mindmapping activities very well, or is likely recommending the one that they've become familiar with themselves. Sharing economy. Reid Hoffman’s Big Dreams for LinkedIn. Early on a Monday evening in June, Reid Hoffman, the founder and executive chairman of the business-oriented networking site LinkedIn, met Mark Pincus, the founder and chief executive of the gaming site Zynga, for dinner at a casual restaurant in Portola Valley, California, a wealthy residential town at the western edge of Silicon Valley.

Reid Hoffman’s Big Dreams for LinkedIn

The New Leader's Playbook - Tips for onboarding/on-boarding. Moving into new roles are crucible events of leadership and some of the toughest challenges people face.

The New Leader's Playbook - Tips for onboarding/on-boarding

Nearly half of new le. 150 Buyer Persona Questions You Must Ask - While my business partner Colin Mathews has been working on building (my latest project), I’ve been hard at work building buzz and recruiting beta users.

150 Buyer Persona Questions You Must Ask -

So far, we’ve had more than 3,500 people request access to the system, but only a few hundred of those really got the product and were successfully able to leverage it. Along the way, I’ve learned – relearned, actually – the importance of understanding your customers on a deep level. One of my favorite tools for understanding my customers is the buyer persona, but what I’ve found is that most people who use this strategy don’t take it far enough. Simply knowing someone’s age, gender and geographic location isn’t enough – you’ve got to go deeper. Below, you’ll find 150 of the questions I’ve personally used that you may find useful to ask as well. Trust me. General Background Questions These are the most basic questions that we should be all be asking about our target customers. At Greenfield, we’re passionate about associations, and helping them GROW and PROSPER.

We believe in a new kind of management approach for not-for-profit groups and communities: one based on using data and technology smartly, so we can help you manage your community in an authentic, engaging way. We offer all the services you would expect from a full-service association management company: the all-important “behind-the-scenes” services such as bookkeeping, online payment processing, website maintenance, data and office management. Plus the equally vital frontline services that keep your members happy, from Board, committee and volunteer support to communications and event execution. The other day my co-founder, Dan Carroll, asked me a number of questions about Venture Capital returns because he was stunned by the valuations of some recently announced deals.

After I answered the question, Dan and a few colleagues who were within earshot encouraged me to share my perspective on the subject because it is so poorly understood. Much has been written about the financial performance of the companies backed by venture capitalists, but very little has been written about the economics of the venture capital industry itself. With this post we open the kimono on who funds VCs, what returns they expect and how the best VCs consistently succeed in outperforming those expectations.

Who Funds VCs? The primary providers of funding to the venture capital industry are managers of large pools of capital. The Fearless Heart. I have not found a word that captures the exact meaning that I am looking for.

The Fearless Heart

Commitment may be a bit too rigid, as it tends to connote “should,” invoking the non-choiceful energy of obligation and duty. “Intention” is not strong enough, in my mind, to carry the unwavering force of staying the course even when the going gets hard. Somewhere I also want to capture the unpredictability of life. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) What Is a MOOC? A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. This updated ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II (June 2013) provides additional key facts about MOOCs. A short video about MOOCs and the connected age. MOOC Resources How Students Engage with a Remedial English Writing MOOC: A Case Study in Learning Analytics with Big Data, ELI Brief, March 2015. Previous Events EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, July 30–August 1.

Looking for more sessions on MOOCs? MOOCs of Interest Current/Future State of Higher Education 2012. MOOC Providers. Bloomberg Briefs. I’ve been to two big gatherings of on-demand workers — the service-providers available through the apps of companies such as Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit and Homejoy.

Bloomberg Briefs

At the first meeting, last spring, drivers assembled in San Francisco to protest their treatment by Uber. They said the ride-hailing company was exploiting them. Uber staff members struggled to appease the disgruntled contractors, and the conversations were heated and tense. I attended a very different kind of session this winter at the headquarters of Managed by Q, a New York startup that matches workers with companies that need office cleaning. These workers, called “operators” mingled with company founders, executives, engineers and sales staff at one of Q’s monthly operator assemblies. The tension at Uber and other big on-demand companies is the norm.

Harvesting intangible assets: Andrew Sherman at TEDxUniversityofNevada. A change management checklist - Leading change. To improve your odds, use this change management checklist Organizations must become increasingly able to change quickly and easily. The business must be flexible yet capable of implementing and sustaining organizational change. Deciding what to change is one thing. Making changes stick is another. To improve your odds, use this change management checklist:

Mehowey.leadpages. My team and I value your time, we take it very seriously, and we give you our very best. It is our personal goal and mission to help everyone who attends any of our trainings to... Become as successful as possible as quickly as possibleMake their training experience the very best that it could possibly beEarn the investment in their training back within the first 30 daysHit the 6-figure earnings mark in their first 90 to120 days following trainingBreak the Quarter-Million-Dollar mark at the end of their first year Your time is valuable... and so is mine.

100 Amazing Creativity Interviews / Creative Careers in the Arts Interviews / Molly Childers : 100 Amazing Creativity Interviews W ith hundreds of interviews published on the Creativity Portal® Web site through the years, none are more insightful, encouraging, and inspiring than this special series of Creative Careers In the Arts interviews published between 2006 and 2011. Value_Creating_Solutions_in_PE_2013.1QTR.pdf. From Social Networks To Market Networks. James Currier is a cofounder and partner of NFX Guild, an early-stage fund with a three-month program for marketplace and network businesses. How to join the network Most people didn’t notice last month when a 35-person company in San Francisco called HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B*. Define your Target Market. Yield-starved investors driving asset prices to dangerous levels: OECD. Peer to Peer Lending & P2P Investing - Lend Academy.

The New Art of the Possible. 10 Ways to Teach Innovation. Understanding-Capital-Raising-Options-Infographic1-600x3739.jpg (JPEG Image, 600 × 3739 pixels) - Scaled (26%) People top OECD priority list, says OECD's Gurria. Wisdom Networks! Opportunity? What? Why? Where? How? 18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People. Livebinders. Commons Abundance Network. Learning theories. Valuation As A Scorecard. High Impact Research Tools. East and West Perceive Authority Differently. And It Affects Your Cross-Cultural Team. When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader? Livebinders.