Archive for the ‘Business Innovation’ Category
Why do I believe that leadership is the be all and end all? That it is the difference maker?
Simply because developing our leadership ability is the akin to developing our character. And we need both if we are to succeed at failing…
Startup businesses recognise that neither a good nor an exceptional product or new idea alone is enough to succeed.
So, then, what are the two factors that every successful startup needs? And does your startup have them? Find out…
The Lean Startup movement gets that learning underpins all innovation – and startup success.
The lean startup concept also understands that the learning is about finding out what ‘doesn’t work’ as much as ‘what does’.
So, what can top physicist Richard Feynman teach us about lean startups and innovation? Find out…
Every three years we seem to undergo a fundamental shift in thinking.
We had rapid system development 6 years ago, and rapid customer development 3 years – so what should we expect in 2011?
Read on to find out…
Many (but not all) entrepreneurs feel that selling is scary, horrible and not nice!
However, this view is typically based on a misunderstanding of what selling is really about.
Yes, there are hard sales people who will flog you anything they can (actually, anything that generates a large commission) but these people tend to burn out – as do their businesses.
Instead, non-pushy people can become great sales people simply by thinking about sales in a different way. Here’s how…
The worst mistake I’ve made – and now see others make – is to think that if I build it (a great product, web service etc…) that the customers will come.
They will not.
Okay, Google is an exception – but do you really want to play 1/1000 kind of odds?
What do you call an entrepreneur with a great idea but no sales?
A dreamer? An inventor? Someone who never makes it?
So then, how do you become a successful entrepreneur?
The IMF has provided entrepreneurs with a wonderful example of how to get it wrong.
But what can we – the successful entrepreneurs – learn from the IMFs failures?
The new year is with us – and so this is a great time to ask – what have you pruned or cut in 2011?
Hmm… yes, this might seem strange to ask about cutting at the beginning of a new year – but shouldn’t we be looking to expand and grow, you might ask?
Well yes, but, before you can grow, you have to cut out the deadwood or the slow growth businesses, products and services in order to focus on new opportunities or expanding those things that really are working.
This video clip explains the real life, gritty experience that 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs is based on.
It explains the concept behind the book and how it can help new and old entrepreneurs learn from my mistakes.
What kind of business will be successful coming out of this recession?
And, how do we build it?
That is the big question for every entrepreneur who is either starting up now – or already on the journey.
So, what will happen… and what do we do about it?
Research shows that freelancers can solve many of the challenges faced by businesses, agencies or departments that are looking to innovate and grow.
Instead of just being a way to save costs, freelancers are discovering that they bring original ideas and solutions to their clients.
But does it work? Can freelancers help avoid failure and stimulate innovation?
JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, talks about how failure in career, marriage and financially, led her to focus on the one area in which she was truly equipped to succeed.
She says that had she not experienced the failure, she might never have gone on to write one the worlds’s most popular series of books.
Hurrah! There has been a shift in business thinking!
Stock investors have rediscovered Warren Buffett’s investment principle of ‘never lose money’ and entrepreneurs are now focused on how to avoid small business failure, rather than searching for growth at all costs.
We need to learn how to avoid small business failure and so that your business has time and space to innovate.
Why do you have a webiste?
Is it because everyone else has one, so you thought you should have one too?
Anecdotal research tells us that 80% of websites don’t have a clearly defined purpose. So, if you’ve made the classic mistake of building a website and are now wondering what to do with it, or even, whether it works, then read on…
Recruitment freezes have spread from the private sector to the public sector across Europe and the US – they are now everywhere!
So, when one of your team leave, you are left short handed and without key skills, how do keep growing your business, make more sales and deliver better returns with less budget and a smaller team?
I recently got sent a link to the report that Ernst & Young launched at Davos earlier this year and it has some important lessons and advice for successful entrepreneurs – you’ve got to become agile.
So, how do you do that? Let’s find out…
What makes an entrepreneur different from a small business man or woman? Well, the best definition of what entrepreneurs do is provided by Peter Drucker. He said
Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.
Okay, so what does that mean?