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How to Market to the iGeneration. A 5-Minute Guide to Business Models and Business Plans. Popular Today in Business: All Popular Articles.

A 5-Minute Guide to Business Models and Business Plans

Executive Summaries: The Least Understood Part of Proposals. Popular Today in Business: All Popular Articles Perhaps it’s the name that confuses us—Executive Summary.

Executive Summaries: The Least Understood Part of Proposals

We hone in on the word summary, when the real focus should be on the word executive. Personally, I prefer the term Executive Overview. Executive summaries are written for the benefit of—executives; a customer’s high-level decision makers. Like anything we write, we need to construct our message for the intended audience; hence, we need to understand a little bit about these decision makers before we run off and try to summarize all the details of our sales proposals.

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Starting a Company? 8 Free Online Courses You Can't Miss

Traditional universities are offering entrepreneurs more tools than ever before. But education start-ups such as Coursera and Udacity have taken this a step further--offering in-depth classes on entrepreneurship taught by industry heavy-weights such as Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Steve Blank for free. Here are eight classes that every entrepreneur should take. How to Build a Startup Steve Blank, author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany, teaches this nine-lesson class. “We used to think of startup as a smaller version of a large company,” says Blank on Udacity’s website. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies Taught by James V. Startup Engineering. - The right attorney makes the difference.

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The Entrepreneur's Handbook: 101 Resources for First Time Entrepreneurs

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Why Strategic Planning Goes Wrong

I think about it, research it, and look for ideas to make it work better than how it tends to work. It has always bothered me to know that more often than not strategic planning efforts go awry. In another article I wrote on this topic, I stated the biggest reason why strategic plans fail is that people don’t do them. While there is truth in that, the story doesn’t end there of course. Overcoming Employees' Objection to Call Monitoring. “Mon­i­tor­ing makes me ner­vous.”

Overcoming Employees' Objection to Call Monitoring

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Here’s Why Your Employees Are Just Not That Into You

Do you wish your employees shared your commitment to your organization’s goals and success? If you can relate, join the club. As you undoubtedly know if you’ve been in management, HR, or OD for any length of time, employee engagement research has repeatedly shown that the majority of employees do not report being highly engaged. The 5 things you should never say to a client [infographic. Hack PR. Most Important Business Case Studies. Associated Press Case: Microsoft's Search Key takeaway: There's no magic solution.

Most Important Business Case Studies

It takes an entire organization's experience and talent. What happened? 10 years after its founding, Google had managed to become dominant in search and search advertising. The case tracks Google's rise, Microsoft's initial search efforts, and Microsoft's push for real innovation in 2008, which led to Bing! Thanks to Dr. 90 Things I Learned From Founding 4 Tech Companies. Jason Goldberg is an accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor with a passion for designing digital product experiences, including Fab.

90 Things I Learned From Founding 4 Tech Companies

Jason is a product guy. He loves to blog, loves transparency, and loves trying to make people smile. A version of this post originally appeared on his blog, On October 27, 2010, I wrote a blog post about the “57 Things I Learned Founding Three Tech Companies.” Best Advice I Ever Got: Jennifer Fleiss. When I reflect on these past three years--during which my sectionmate from business school, Jenn Hyman, and I started Rent the Runway--I could never have imagined that our business would reach the scale and success it has today.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Jennifer Fleiss

It's been an exciting, challenging, and crazy journey, and I had the following pieces of advice to guide me through from the onset. 1. Ditch the business plan. Understanding Fear of Process Improvement - Brad Power. By Brad Power | 2:00 PM September 27, 2012 A culture of continuous improvement is crucial to organizational performance and survival. Just ask Richard Aubut, CEO of South Shore Hospital, the leading regional provider of healthcare in southeastern Massachusetts. How to Write a High-Quality eBook in 30 Days. Review Signal - Web Hosting Reviews. 100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work. 5. Mental clutter. 6. Fear that someone will steal your idea. 7. You don't think of yourself as creative. 8. 9. Why Aren't You Delegating? - Amy Gallo - Best Practices. You have way too much to do, you’re buried in work, and it seems there’s no way out from under it all.

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