You Might Be an Entrepreneur If You Meet These 3 Conditions

I’m a recent convert to the lean startup movement. But after four years of operating a small startup incubator at a private liberal arts college I’ve learned a lot about creating business models that work and who might become a successful entrepreneur. Continue

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Are You Confusing Strategy with Planning? – Roger Martin – Harvard Business Review 

Most people agree that the two strongest human urges are survival and procreation, but there is very little consensus on the next most powerful. I believe it’s the need to succeed. Humans hate to fail — hate it more than almost anything else.

How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around 

Getting rid of managers may seem like just another tech trend, but much of the skepticism around going “bossless” or flat is due to misleading terminology. We don’t quite have a good vocabulary for it yet — no managers doesn’t mean no management, and flat structure doesn’t mean everyone has equal sway.

CEOs: Own the Crisis or It Will Own You

The terrible press for GM keeps coming. The New York Times reported this week that GM lied to grieving families about the reasons for their loved ones’ deaths and even aggressively threatened families should they sue the company.

Communication Charts Around The World

Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings, as described by British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide,” charts these as well as leadership styles and cultural identities.

How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others

Kat Cole started helping out early. Raised by a single mother of three who held three jobs to support the family, Cole entered the workforce as soon as it was legal. At 15, she started selling clothes at a mall. At 17, she added a second job at a restaurant—first as a hostess and then as a waitress.

Help Your People Develop on the Job 

As much as 90% of learning and development takes place on the job – which makes sense since continuous learning is a key strategy for a sustainable career. In fact, employees’ direct managers are often their most important developers. Help your team members flourish with these tips:

70% of Time Could Be Used Better – How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day 

The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day. That’s 4,200 hours a year. The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, it’s not enough.

Read more: http://firstround.com/article/70-of-Time-Could-Be-Used-Better-How-the-Best-CEOs-Get-the-Most-Out-of-Every-Day#ixzz2vvFGYNHh

The Crisis In Ukraine Shows Why Strategy Is No Longer A Game Of Chess – Greg Satell 

As the crisis in Ukraine spreads through Crimea—and possibly to Eastern Ukraine as well—it is not conventional measures of power we should be paying attention to. Commentators have expended a lot of ink and pixels on scale — the size of various armies and economies — but are still underplaying the importance of networked power. It’s these connections that really matter.

How To Make Work Matter 

It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance. It is accepted wisdom that happy employees are better performers. While there is much truth to this, it can lead to some common leadership mistakes.

Are You Too Afraid to Succeed? – Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries – Harvard Business Review 

Tim had been on the fast track. An Ivy League graduate, he had joined one of the premier consulting firms as an associate. He went on to take an MBA at INSEAD, graduating at the top of his class.

Critical: ‘Not Just What The Numbers Are: But Why They Are What They Are’

“Management accounting is a critical aspect of the finance function because it informs the board, investors and management why the numbers are what they are, not just what the numbers are” says Douglas Flint, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings.