LEARN FROM THE CORPORATE WORLD

While would-be entrepreneurs are often eager to leave their 9-to-5 jobs, Basso’s advice to them is: slow down. Full-time jobs offer the opportunity to sharpen skills, learn new systems and procedures, and network with people who may become valuable contacts down the road. Future entrepreneurs can think of the corporate world as a “live lab”…

TAKE SMART RISKS

When launching a new business, entrepreneurs may have to take such risks as leaving a full-time job or using their own money as startup funding. While entrepreneurs tend to be highly tolerant of risk, they do not have to be daredevils to make it big. The key to success is to take smart risks. Entrepreneurs…

WINNING PEOPLES CONFIDENCE

WIN PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE Successful entrepreneurs know that their reputations are their most valuable assets. But the digital age of seemingly endless social interaction has made protecting this reputation even more challenging than before — just as quickly as a business can be put on a pedestal, it can also be taken down. The key is…

THE ENTREPRENEUR’S JOURNEY

Before an entrepreneur starts building his set of eight power stories, he needs to map out his entrepreneur’s journey, the core story from which the others can be drawn from or built upon. This journey is closely related to a story format that has held audiences rapt for millennia: the hero’s journey. From Homer’s The Odyssey to reality shows…

EVERYDAY ENTREPRENEUR

Many people dream of opening their own businesses, but the entrepreneurs who succeed know how to calculate the risks involved, win investors’ confidence, and persevere through trying times. While many entrepreneurs are born risk-takers who have entrepreneurial role models on which to rely, others must learn how to make their own way. In The Everyday Entrepreneur,…

IQ IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

Entrepreneurs and business builders do not need to be geniuses. As long as they have a baseline level of IQ, what matters is a good mix of the four different types of Business Smarts: Book Smarts, Street Smarts, People Smarts, and Creative Smarts. Each plays a role in pattern recognition, the key to early perception…

TRAITS AND PROFILES OF GREAT ENTREPRENEURS

Great entrepreneurs and business builders share four defining traits: Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck. While the traits are configured differently across individuals, their presence is consistent across leaders of all types and sizes of organizations. Heart-dominant individuals are driven by purpose and passion. They may lack data, experience, or even a business plan, but their…

Zentrepreneurs

Successfully materializing good ideas into great results requires the ability to combine spiritual well-being and positive thinking. In Zentrepreneur, award-winning business consultant John Murphy provides business professionals with the tools to overcome self-imposed limitations and resistance to create a new level of leadership. Sharing both his own stories of success and failure and examples from companies…

HOW TO PUT YOUR PASSION IN MOTION

Anyone who has read books or articles about goal setting understands the importance of setting deadlines. The practice of setting deadlines is required to reach long-term success. However, in order to be effective, deadlines need to be reasonable and achievable in a short amount of time. When deadlines are set too far in the future,…

MOTIVATE MODEL by PRISM

IMPROVING WORK PROCESSES AND CULTIVATING COMMITMENT Strengthening working relationships is vital to increasing employee engagement. The MOTIVATE model is designed to help managers encourage all employees to become more engaged. The key prescriptions of this model are: *Measure employee efforts. *Optimize opportunities for involvement. *Talk to employees about engagement. *Inform employees about what is going…