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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Social Media and Customer acquisition

If you just started a small business, you’re probably wondering how you can use social media to connect and acquire customers. Social media is known for helping businesses improve brand awareness, but one of the ways to assure that your random Twitter followers or Facebook fans will eventually become customers is when you create and share meaningful content. continue

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.

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.

A Winning Culture Keeps Score

People often think of corporate culture as “soft” because it involves squishy things like values and expectations. That’s true as far as it goes—but winning cultures have a hard, metrics-driven element as well. A culture that feels upbeat and positive but doesn’t contribute to profitable growth or beating the competition is destined for the dustbin.