What Drives Entrepreneurs? Ask entrepreneurs about their companies, and they answer with alacrity and specificity. Ask why they wanted to start those companies, and they grow vague: "It's in my DNA." "I have a passion for it." "No one else would hire me." But entrepreneurs' true motivations are more nuanced than that. Take the Quiz Wasserman's book The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup will be published this month. Wasserman and Timothy Butler, senior fellow and director of career development programs at Harvard Business School, surveyed roughly 2,000 founders about their motivations. Theoretically, entrepreneurs who anticipate shifts in their needs can structure organizations that change along with them. The motivations survey is part of a larger self-assessment tool called CareerLeader, co-developed by Butler and used by hundreds of universities and business schools around the world.
How to Create a LinkedIn Profile That Really Connects | BNET Last Updated Jul 6, 2011 5:46 PM EDT LinkedIn is the social media platform of choice for many entrepreneurs and business owners. Too bad most of their LinkedIn profiles, and in particular their "summaries," do little to create those business connections. I definitely fall into that category. I set up my profile long ago and haven't touched it since. That's why I asked Matt Scherer of Sherer Communications for advice on creating a great LinkedIn summary. Why focus on the summary instead of the full bio? According to Matt, most LinkedIn profiles fall into four basic types: Stealth: The name, rank, and serial number approach. Here's how you can transform your LinkedIn summary into a tool that effectively represents your business and make new connections: Step 1: Think of your summary as an elevator pitch. Step 2: Think first person. Step 3: Write it yourself. Step 4: Think keywords. Step 5: Stick to two to three paragraphs. Want some examples? Step 6: Revise. Related:
YouTube Gets Even More Social, and Stories You May Have Missed Businesses should already be channeling YouTube as a key part of their social media marketing strategy. But this has been the week of major YouTube makeovers and the results are not only impressive, they reconfirm the importance of using video to tell compelling business stories that are worthy of sharing and recommendation. The changes started earlier in the week with the announcement of the new YouTube Analytics, replacing Insight as the metrics tool for those uploading videos. As Splash Media social media manager Matt Anderson told the SplashCube blog this week, “The impact it will have on businesses that use YouTube for marketing purposes is tremendous. YouTube always made sure that users could share videos via social media, but the redesign now makes it easier to connect Facebook, Twitter and Google + accounts. What are your thoughts about the new YouTube? Bloggers: Mean What You Write, Write What You Mean Closing In On Better Measurement Of Social Media
Soul Focus - Christian Leadership Alliance Making Jesus the centerpiece of your ministry can be a moving experience. Ken Blanchard Twenty years ago, I turned my life over to the Lord. I wanted to know all the things Jesus did, so I turned to the Gospels and began reading the red print, all of the things Jesus said. From my standpoint, Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time. Jesus was a One Minute Manager too. • Where is the life and character of Jesus most evident in your ministry? • What teaching, parable, or other truth of Jesus would best embody your organization's distinctive mission? • What admonishment or correction might he offer to help your organization move closer to your stated mission, vision, and values? In 1999, Phil Hodges and I launched the Center for Faithwalk Leadership to teach leadership as Jesus modeled it. Sometimes with life, though, we let our egos get in the way. The Lord used Greg Bunch, a member of our national advisory board, to help us see this.
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8 Top Resume Mistakes to Avoid | BNET At many companies, your resume has to be read by a computer before it'll ever be read by a human. And computers aren't particularly good at making out fancy graphics treatments, banners, wingbats, or other attempts at illustrations. Some resume scanners will even reject your resume outright if it's too elaborate. Similarly, many companies use software to scan resumes for certain keywords, so make sure you include them. Click here to learn what happens when you put your personality front and center Image courtesy flickr user buyalex What's Better Than a Big Fat Paycheck? | BNET Last Updated Sep 30, 2011 2:09 PM EDT No, this isn't an eyeball-catching headline to get you to click. I'm really going to prove to you why, if you spend your career focused on salary, you'll lose out big-time in the long run. Yes, I know that times are hard and paychecks pay the bills. Even worse, you'll always wonder why so many people are doing better than you and what you did wrong. What I am saying is that, when it comes to your career, you need to look at the big picture. You see, this isn't the latest business school blab, some professor's research study, or a survey from Monster or Manpower. 10 Things More Important Than Your Salary Your goals. One more thing. Also check out:
Look to weaknesses to find your leadership strengths Steve Jobs, General Patton, and Mother Teresa. They were leaders who broke the mold, using their uniqueness to do what no one else could do. What they had in common was that they were unique. You have unique potential as a leader, and finding it is the key to doing remarkable things. The question of what makes a good leader is like asking what makes someone a good artist. Some people don't want you to believe in leadership uniqueness, because finding it can't be reduced to a standard process. While there is no off-the-shelf process to find your uniqueness, there are two places you can look to help. First, examine your disabilities to identify the unique abilities they may complement. My argument here is that the opposite is true. A disability often carries with it a hidden talent. It's also true that people learn to compensate for disabilities by emphasizing other talents. This isn't all Happy Land. The point of visiting disabilities is not to look on the bright side.