Helping Leaders End Entitlement and Restore Pride in the Emerging Workforce | Reviving Work Ethic 5 Things to Do Every Day for Success Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life. "You get up at what time?" I hear that a lot, along with "You are so lucky." 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A simple yet highly effective list. Looking for more advice to rev up your career?
The Unexotic Underclass | The MIT Entrepreneurship Review May 19, 2013 The startup scene today, and by ‘scene’ I’m sweeping a fairly catholic brush over a large swath of people – observers, critics, investors, entrepreneurs, ‘want’repreneurs, academics, techies, and the like – seems to be riven into two camps. On one side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems – capital B, capital P: clean energy, poverty, famine, climate change, you name it. On the other side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems – capital B, capital P – that there are too many folks resolving anti-problems… BUT just to be on the safe side, the venture capitalists should keep pumping tons of money into those anti-problem entrepreneurs because you never know when some corporate leviathan – Google, Facebook, Yahoo! On the other other side, a side that receives scant attention, scanter investment, is where big problems – little b, little p – reside. Let’s keep walking. We need:
Personal Success Talk Words Matter Words Matter Posted on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 Recently, I was caught up in a heated debate about word choices. We must have spent 20 minutes deciding thumbs up or down on a word that would resonate for customers but draw skepticism from their technical team. Some of you are old enough to remember asking mom or dad, "What does that word mean?" Business communication requires a similar approach. There are 18,457 bestsellers on communication between the sexes. A couple of years ago, Towers Watson surveyed 328 organizations with five million employees. As one of my mentors once said, "If you control the language, you control the conversation."
Thomas Backlund | The entrepreneurial adventures of a homeless coder living in a tent in the forest The Improvement Zone America’s 50 Worst Charities Rake in Nearly $1 Billion for Corporate Fundraisers Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart | Tampabay | June 11th 2013 The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday. Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. Most of the rest gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations. In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children to its corporate solicitors. No charity in the nation has siphoned more money away from the needy over a longer period of time. But Kids Wish is not an isolated case, a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Using state and federal records, the Times and CIR identified nearly 6,000 charities that have chosen to pay for-profit companies to raise their donations.
How to Write a Summary Business Plan When writing a business plan, it's easy to get lost in the details. You want to demonstrate how you've studied the ins and outs of the marketplace and have crunched every conceivable number. But, really, writing a 100+ page business plan is not the best use of your energy. 'I vividly remember years of lengthy business planning cycles that literally produced books - encased in three-ring binders,' says Denise Barnwell, president of Transformation Marketing in West Orange, New Jersey. Fleshing out your business in such detail can be a worthwhile exercise for an entrepreneur, but the truth is that it's not likely anyone else will ever spend the time to read it – whether you're competing in a business plan competition or trying to raise money from investors. The shorter you can make your summary business plan, the better. Dig Deeper: How to Write a Great Business Plan How to Write a Summary Business Plan: A Few Don'ts Dig Deeper: 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Business Plan 1. 2. 3. 4.