Archive for March, 2015

What Great Companies Excel At

Posted: March 29, 2015 by Tim Metzner in Innovation, Leadership, Startup

Tim-MetznerWhile companies are incredibly diverse, it occurs to me that successful ones tend to have (at least) three things in common; clear vision, great culture and exceptional execution. I believe the more consistently a company excels in these areas, the more likely it is to become a lasting company that will thrive.

Vision

Your vision must be clear, focused, meaningful and well communicated to the team. Everyone from CEO to interns understand where the company is going and how they are to help.

Culture

Employees spend more time at work than they do with their families. People need to genuinely believe the company is working on things that matter, feel challenged and appreciated and enjoy the people they work with.

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Create. Succeed. Rinse. Repeat.

Posted: March 22, 2015 by Jerry Malsh in Innovation, People

jerry-malsh-2015Before you break an arm patting yourself on the back for being an entrepreneur, consider these folks:

Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, Sir Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey,

Wayne Huizenga, Benjamin Franklin, Jerome Lemelson and Geroge Bernard Shaw.

They’re serial entrepreneurs.

A special breed of entrepreneur for whom creating, growing and sustaining just one business wasn’t enough. While you and I created, grew and sustained a single business, serial entrepreneurs created, grew and sustained an empire of businesses. Where we stopped, they started … with an extraordinary passion to achieve unlimited success in as many ventures as possible.

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Finding Money in Your Company

Posted: March 15, 2015 by Bill Cunningham in Manufacturing, Money, Operations, Planning

bill-cunningham-scOne of my business school professors quipped, “That business doesn’t have any problems that money won’t solve!” However, when you are that business and you need cash to stay in operation – it really isn’t that funny. Here are some tips to keep you going,

Start by looking for quarters in the sofa. When cleaning your house, and you lift up the cushions and find a few quarters – or when you reach in a pair of pants and find a five-spot, it gives you a great but short-lived feeling of wealth. The same can be true in your business if you look hard enough.

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Health is Wealth

Posted: March 8, 2015 by Chuck Matthews in Uncategorized

Dr. Chuck MatthewsThe first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is estimated that sleep deprivation costs the average US worker over $2,200 in lost productivity each year or $63 billion as a nation. Moreover, a lack of sleep has been linked to a myriad of undesirable health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

For busy entrepreneurs, taking care of one’s health too often takes a back seat to the pursuit of what seems in the moment to be a more pressing objective – the survivability of the new venture. It is relatively easy to succumb to the temptation of taking our health for granted, especially when we are young and relatively fit and driven to make the nascent venture a success.

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