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  • Analyze
    of newbies entering the company is that of success you naturally attract the types of people who aspire achievement When Ernest Shackleton attempted to be the first explorer to trek across Antarctica he needed a crew of like minded individuals who expected adversity and were willing to endure hardship In fact to solicit his ideal crew Shackleton posted the following help wanted sign Men wanted for hazardous journey Low wages bitter cold long hours of complete darkness Safe return doubtful Honor and recognition in event of success The purpose this job advertisement really served was self selection Any respondent courageous enough to volunteer for an interview already possessed the mental fortitude of daring to do something that others wouldn t So how do you attract the right talent without stepping foot into Antarctica Remember how you as a leader choose to show up is everything Your people will assume whatever mood you bring to work on any given day positive or negative so make sure you spread the right one Here are three good toxins to share with your employees Be a student of the game A startup isn t a nine to five job A team leader I once had the privilege of working for had a motto of being All in all the time and that s the sort of mentality startup employees need if they want the business to last Recall that 79 percent of startups fail to see their 10 year anniversaries according to StatisticBrain com If you want people to immerse themselves in the business to take it home with them and work on and improve for the next day then you should be the first one in the office and the last one to leave Analyze but be ready to adapt Due diligence is

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  • 8 Ways to Improve Your Attitude
    grow and problems shrink If you re a leader a positive attitude draws people to your side and encourages them to do their best work A leader with a negative attitude however can only compel others to take action through fear More importantly what would be point of being successful if you re always feeling lousy With that in mind here s how to ensure your attitude stays upbeat 1 Always act with a purpose Before you take any action decide how it will serve your greater goals If the connection is weak or non existent take that action off your to do list Aimless activity wastes time and energy 2 Stretch yourself past your limits every day Doing the same old same old is depressing even if your same old has been successful in the past Success is like athletics if you don t stretch yourself every day you gradually become slow and brittle See Full Story on inc com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Attitude Enthusiasm Opportunities Problem Shrink Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email updates and to hear what s going on with personal branding Enter your

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  • Enthusiasm
    expectancy and enthusiasm opportunities grow and problems shrink If you re a leader a positive attitude draws people to your side and encourages them to do their best work A leader with a negative attitude however can only compel others to take action through fear More importantly what would be point of being successful if you re always feeling lousy With that in mind here s how to ensure your attitude stays upbeat 1 Always act with a purpose Before you take any action decide how it will serve your greater goals If the connection is weak or non existent take that action off your to do list Aimless activity wastes time and energy 2 Stretch yourself past your limits every day Doing the same old same old is depressing even if your same old has been successful in the past Success is like athletics if you don t stretch yourself every day you gradually become slow and brittle See Full Story on inc com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Attitude Enthusiasm Opportunities Problem Shrink Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email updates and to hear what s going on with personal branding Enter your email address Categories Career

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  • 7 Ways Exercising Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur
    Gym in Washington D C say regular physical activity can make you a better entrepreneur Here are seven ways physical activity can improve the health of your business 1 Build your network Whether working out at the gym or participating in a team sport fitness can help you network with prospective clients or strengthen existing business relationships Robinson met several of her business investors and clients through fitness activities A lot of barriers break down when you re working out with somebody says Robinson Fitness challenges open a window into individuals personalities and allow you to communicate with others in a very different way and consequently learn more about each other than would normally be possible over a cup of coffee 2 Get your creative juices flowing Exercise not only tones muscles but improves brain power A 2012 study by the Montreal Heart Institute showed aerobic exercise increased cognitive function This is because exercise increases blood flow to your brain meaning a jog might be just what you need before a brainstorming session See Full Story on entrepreneur com Filed Under Career Progression Entrepreneurship Tagged With Entrepreneur Exercise Physical Activity Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website Email Newsletter

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  • Physical Activity
    owner of City Fitness Gym in Washington D C say regular physical activity can make you a better entrepreneur Here are seven ways physical activity can improve the health of your business 1 Build your network Whether working out at the gym or participating in a team sport fitness can help you network with prospective clients or strengthen existing business relationships Robinson met several of her business investors and clients through fitness activities A lot of barriers break down when you re working out with somebody says Robinson Fitness challenges open a window into individuals personalities and allow you to communicate with others in a very different way and consequently learn more about each other than would normally be possible over a cup of coffee 2 Get your creative juices flowing Exercise not only tones muscles but improves brain power A 2012 study by the Montreal Heart Institute showed aerobic exercise increased cognitive function This is because exercise increases blood flow to your brain meaning a jog might be just what you need before a brainstorming session See Full Story on entrepreneur com Filed Under Career Progression Entrepreneurship Tagged With Entrepreneur Exercise Physical Activity Email Newsletter Sign up to receive

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  • Built to Scale: Why Growth Entrepreneurs Need Structure
    What you implement all depends on where your pain points are Link information to motivation Many second stagers begin to warm up to structure and establish their first policies and procedures because of communication issues Take Larry Kooiker founder of Agritek Industries a manufacturer of engineered metal components in Holland Michigan Today he has more than 100 employees and the company has 17 million in annual revenue Kooiker launched Agritek in 1987 and for many years he avoided structure because he associated it with waste inefficiency and moving slowly Entrepreneurs don t need to hold a committee meeting to get something done Kooiker says We don t have to go through a formal process to identify a problem and determine the best solution We just do it As your company grows people become disengaged Yet in the late 1990s when Agritek s workforce grew beyond 20 employees Kooiker realized his employees were more concerned about wrapping up their shifts rather than trying to produce parts faster or increase quality Kooiker chalked up this attitude to a lack of communications When you only have a few employees it s easy for everyone to be excited and motivated he says They know what needs to be done because you re working with them on a daily basis it s like they re an extension of your right arm Yet once you go over 20 employees you lose that direct contact and it s easier for people become disengaged In response Kooiker began to create employee manuals production goals and documentation for operating equipment correctly including details such as shut height tonnage and adjustment He also began holding quarterly companywide meetings to discuss how employees jobs aligned with the company s mission and goals In my world the marketplace is trying to find

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  • Build to Scale
    to a specific problem What you implement all depends on where your pain points are Link information to motivation Many second stagers begin to warm up to structure and establish their first policies and procedures because of communication issues Take Larry Kooiker founder of Agritek Industries a manufacturer of engineered metal components in Holland Michigan Today he has more than 100 employees and the company has 17 million in annual revenue Kooiker launched Agritek in 1987 and for many years he avoided structure because he associated it with waste inefficiency and moving slowly Entrepreneurs don t need to hold a committee meeting to get something done Kooiker says We don t have to go through a formal process to identify a problem and determine the best solution We just do it As your company grows people become disengaged Yet in the late 1990s when Agritek s workforce grew beyond 20 employees Kooiker realized his employees were more concerned about wrapping up their shifts rather than trying to produce parts faster or increase quality Kooiker chalked up this attitude to a lack of communications When you only have a few employees it s easy for everyone to be excited and motivated he says They know what needs to be done because you re working with them on a daily basis it s like they re an extension of your right arm Yet once you go over 20 employees you lose that direct contact and it s easier for people become disengaged In response Kooiker began to create employee manuals production goals and documentation for operating equipment correctly including details such as shut height tonnage and adjustment He also began holding quarterly companywide meetings to discuss how employees jobs aligned with the company s mission and goals In my world the marketplace

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  • 3 Reasons You Might Choose Profitability Over Growth
    SaaS business can be developed in a much smaller market Nonetheless a market below 250mm leaves very little margin for error On a purely mathematical basis if you are looking for a 50 million valuation and your investor is looking for a 5x return then the exit must be at least 250 million If we divide that number by public SaaS revenue multiples that can yield annual revenue of 30 million or over 10 of the market How reasonable is that to expect 2 Management Team s Aspirations Not Aligned with Potential Investors While you might need capital to grow what s your definition of growth Is it the same as what your investors want As mentioned before think about the capital raise from the point of view of your partners If they are targeting a high return multiple in a limited number of years the growth rate must be very high and the financial profile must look very close to highly valued public comparables To the extent you are focused on a specific distribution method or want to have a services or other component that inhibits the former goal perhaps taking venture capital might be more trouble than it s worth After all there are many sources of capital and a good number of them will allow you to exercise much more control in how you want to run your company 3 Barriers to Entry Many great businesses have limited structural barriers to entry Bloomberg Thompson Reuturs etc Sure they seem unassailable now but at much smaller sizes they were primarily about moving faster creating the right relationships and excellence in execution While all companies have to be focused on those elements which primarily relate to management hanging your hat on those as an early investor is particularly hard

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