Entrepreneurship

One Simple Action Can Change Your Life

Recently, a number of people have asked me how I became an author and professional speaker. I reflected upon it and realized that it all started with one simple action. And maybe, to make major change happen, that’s all you need: one small move. The year was 1993. I was a relatively junior person at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). I ...

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Why Hollywood Will Succeed Where BP Has Failed

As efforts to contain the Gulf spill appear to be on the brink of collapse, Costner’s Ocean Therapy device is going to be tested in real life conditions – monstrously larger than life conditions, actually. As a scientist or simply a logical human being can I affirm that the device will work? No, I can’t. But I will. Why? Let’s ...

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20 Strategies for Solo Social Media Success

A recent post highlighted strategies for creating an informal social media team within your organization to help carry out social media strategy. Debra Feldman was nice enough to tweet a link but gave it the frown emoticon for not being applicable to solopreneurs. I promised to create a comparable list for individuals in business for themselves. Hopefully, these twenty strategies, ...

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The Crowd of One

The Customer Segment of “Me” by Ric Merrifield I think a lot of people have seen this collision coming, where so many people want to express their individuality, but so many of the things we buy are mass-produced – it gets harder and harder in many ways for people to express their individuality without spending a fortune. Somewhat of a ...

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Rules of the HP Garage

[The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo] by Paul Williams Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, ...

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People With Passion Drive Innovation Success

I love those truisms that people use to describe a situation. Strangely they are usually based on obvious failures, but perhaps it’s simply easier to teach people based on failure than success. Some relatively well-known truisms include: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drinkYou can’t push a string uphillTime waits for no man I’d ...

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CEO, Entrepreneur, or Both?

Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? Which hat, or hats do you wear? CEO…that title sounds good doesn’t it? Okay, so you founded the company, but does that mean you should also be the chief executive? Did you bestow the title upon yourself simply because you had the authority to do so, or are you the right person for the job? Perhaps ...

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Influencing Your Innovation Potential

Interview – Steve Todd of “Innovate with Influence” I have the pleasure of knowing Steve Todd (the Rockette on the left), a Distinguished Engineer for EMC Corporation with a hand in generating over 140 patent applications and billions of dollars in revenue. Steve has a great sense of humor and is the author of “Innovate with Influence – tales of ...

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