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  • Digital Curator
    sole purpose of the interview is to determine if you are a good fit for the company and if it s a good fit for you All the other issues and concerns should be addressed during negotiations after the job offer has been made Here are 16 questions you ll want to avoid during the first job interview as they may do more harm than good See Full Story on www businessinsider com Filed Under Interviews Tagged With Hot Seat Interview Question Interviewer Job Interview Chris Myers For Startups Competition Can Take Unexpected Forms 22 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment As a startup founder you find yourself getting used to answering the same questions over and over What do you do What s your growth like How do you make money Before you know it you can and often do answer these in your sleep However there s one simple question that can be shockingly difficult to answer Who is your competition It s a challenging question for any startup that is trying to fill an unmet need in the market After all it s that very need that probably inspired you to start your business in the first place right While it can be tempting to claim that there is no direct competition it s important for founders to step back and challenge themselves to take a broader view of what really constitutes competition When my co founder and I first started BodeTree a web app for small businesses we gleefully told anyone who would listen that we had no real competition This wasn t an exaggeration no one was positioned at the intersection of small business management and funding the way we were Why then did our seasoned advisers and investors respond incredulously every time we told them that More importantly if there was no competition why weren t we seeing the wild growth we expected The answer came to us after months of digging through data and working closely with our users As it turns out in looking for other companies that did the same thing we did we lost sight of the big picture For BodeTree our main competitor wasn t another business Instead we found ourselves fighting against an even more entrenched enemy misalignment See Full Story on blogs wsj com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Chris Myers Competition Startup Founder Startups Unexpected Forms Defining qualities of the worst managers 22 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Here s a wake up call 75 of employees who leave their jobs are actually quitting their boss or manager This is a case of it s not them it s you It may be easy to point the finger and assume that you aren t the issue but the truth is that with numbers like that there s room for improvement across the board The truth is that most manager want to be good at their jobs they want to be effective leaders but they are oblivious to what they re doing that turns employee off Want to know why your bright eyed go getter employees are heading toward the nearest exit Here are six ways your management could be failing 1 Your mood shifts with the tides You are human so it s OK to have bad days Employees can forgive a manager s ill mood here and there but making a habit of unpredictable swings will only make you more unapproachable I once had a boss that we called The Bear most people assumed he earned this nickname due to his large stature We actually called him that because you were never sure if you were getting a teddy bear or a grizzly bear from day to day That guy was all over the place Part of being a leader is gaining the trust of those who are supposed to follow you When an employee can t trust that you will be open to hearing positives and negatives of a project or situation problems will fly under your radar or never be reported If an employee never really knows what to expect then communication engagement and innovation will suffer Above all learn humility You are allowed to make mistakes so be prepared to own up to them 2 Helicopter manager Much like the parent a helicopter manager is one who micromanages the deliverables of an employee While it s understood that a manager is to be included in big decisions to expect everything to fly past your eyes is a waste of your time and the company s money Managers should be aware of what everyone is doing in the office without knowing all the intricate details Employees are given tasks because they have the knowledge to handle them At Red Branch Media we adapted the Directly Responsible Individual concept Establishing a DRI grants room for employees to work on projects while still holding one person accountable when things don t get done See Full Story on smartblogs com Filed Under Career Progression Entrepreneurship Tagged With Employees Leader Managers Qualities Worst Managers Uber Cofounder 3 Ways to Tell If Your Idea Is Worth Pursuing 21 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The typical entrepreneur has more ideas than s he knows what to do with So how do you determine which ideas are startup worthy and which ones deserve to be set aside for a rainy year Garrett Camp the cofounder of Uber and StumbleUpon recently discussed his methods on 99u com in a terrific interview with Sean Blanda Here are three tips he shared 1 Always be capturing and seeking feedback In addition to writing down all of his ideas Camp solicits the opinions of friends coworkers and investors Sometimes he ll wait a while before asking for their opinions He tells Blanda In the case of Uber I had the idea for about a year I had registered Ubercab com early on I was working on

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  • 7 Ways Traveling the World Will Help Your Career
    lessons such as how to cross a street in Cairo without becoming road kill are quite specific many can also be applied to other areas of life Here are seven important lessons I ve learned from traveling and how you can apply those learnings to your career 1 Catch the next bus I can t tell you how many buses I ve missed Either I ve been running okay trotting if I have my backpack on after them or worse they ve been full and I ve watched the doors close Most of the time there s nothing left to do but sit down buy a Fanta and wait for the next bus Career takeaway Despite how close you may be you ll miss opportunities Maybe you weren t in the right place or maybe you just didn t get it this time That s okay Just make sure you re preparing yourself for the opportunity when it comes along again Because missing two buses in a row is NOT fun I speak from experience 2 Act like you belong The best way to avoid getting ripped off while traveling is to act like you belong Nobody will mess with a local Of course this is difficult in many places but you can still learn a few words of the local language familiarize yourself with the city s layout and learn some cultural norms before you go This will help you avoid sticking out like a sore thumb and earn you more respect from the locals Career takeaway If you re in a new job or career make it seem like you belong Learn the lingo hang out where your peers do and read up on industry news The sooner you start the sooner you really will belong See Full

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  • Culture
    More Happiness in the Workplace 22 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Happy employees are more productive more creative and less likely to leave It doesn t have to cost a fortune to create a fun environment at your workplace If you embody your ideal corporate culture and integrate joy and laughter into your daily routine your employees will follow It s wise to do everything you can to prevent dissatisfaction among your employees A large turnover rate can quickly erode your hard work and deplete your resources Once a staff member starts to look for other career options he s already got one foot out the door As you grow your business invest a little time to make your company a great place to work Pay attention to the personality traits of your current staff hire new employees carefully and foster an environment of joy hard work and professionalism The following tips will help you create a corporate culture full of fun 1 Lead by example Your employees will follow your lead when it comes to corporate culture and behavior If your only interactions with your team are serious and formal your employees will feel the need to be professional at all times Be open about your past mistakes and learning moments Add a little self deprecating humor when it s appropriate to help your employees view you as human and approachable When staff members feel joyful they re more motivated and produce better work See Full Story on www entrepreneur com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Creative Culture Employees Foster Happy Employees Productive Workplace How do you know if your team is really ready for a growth spurt 31 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council an invite only organization comprised of the world s most promising young entrepreneurs The YEC recently launched StartupLab a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats an expert content library and e mail lessons Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC How do you know if your team is really ready for a growth spurt What can you do to prepare them 1 Grow slowly and build structure early Hire slowly and focus on culture and processes first Weekly team meetings regular performance reviews and efficient communications tools are a great place to start You don t have to enforce the rigidity of a 1 000 person company but preparing for life as a 10 to 100 person company is a lot easier to implement when you re at two to five and ready to grow Neil Thanedar LabDoor 2 Build systems first One of my favorite entrepreneurial books is The E Myth It explains that most small companies fail because they hire to expand without mapping out the specific duties each new team member will be assigned to fulfill within the business If you map out the roles needed

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  • History
    Though some of the lessons such as how to cross a street in Cairo without becoming road kill are quite specific many can also be applied to other areas of life Here are seven important lessons I ve learned from traveling and how you can apply those learnings to your career 1 Catch the next bus I can t tell you how many buses I ve missed Either I ve been running okay trotting if I have my backpack on after them or worse they ve been full and I ve watched the doors close Most of the time there s nothing left to do but sit down buy a Fanta and wait for the next bus Career takeaway Despite how close you may be you ll miss opportunities Maybe you weren t in the right place or maybe you just didn t get it this time That s okay Just make sure you re preparing yourself for the opportunity when it comes along again Because missing two buses in a row is NOT fun I speak from experience 2 Act like you belong The best way to avoid getting ripped off while traveling is to act like you belong Nobody will mess with a local Of course this is difficult in many places but you can still learn a few words of the local language familiarize yourself with the city s layout and learn some cultural norms before you go This will help you avoid sticking out like a sore thumb and earn you more respect from the locals Career takeaway If you re in a new job or career make it seem like you belong Learn the lingo hang out where your peers do and read up on industry news The sooner you start the sooner you really

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  • 4 Ways You Unknowingly Disrupt Your Career
    on to the next employer Did you not fit because the culture wasn t right or did you not meet the standards and expectations for success You must always know what is expected from you for your success at work and seek to understand whenever those behind you pull out in front of you Never assume that success is guaranteed or you may unknowingly begin to disrupt your career before you have been able to create and sustain any real momentum Every company has an employee formula for success Your responsibility is to figure it out for yourself so that you are clear with the formula s translation and how you can deliver upon it Trust yourself enough to navigate and explore it It s like a treasure hunt You ll never know what intelligence and insight you will find until you try Look beyond the obvious and be patient You will eventually find the key to unlock the code so that you can begin to influence the success formula yourself See Full Story on www forbes com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Employee Formula to Success Momentum Responsibility Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website Email

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  • Formula to Success
    anymore and you are on to the next employer Did you not fit because the culture wasn t right or did you not meet the standards and expectations for success You must always know what is expected from you for your success at work and seek to understand whenever those behind you pull out in front of you Never assume that success is guaranteed or you may unknowingly begin to disrupt your career before you have been able to create and sustain any real momentum Every company has an employee formula for success Your responsibility is to figure it out for yourself so that you are clear with the formula s translation and how you can deliver upon it Trust yourself enough to navigate and explore it It s like a treasure hunt You ll never know what intelligence and insight you will find until you try Look beyond the obvious and be patient You will eventually find the key to unlock the code so that you can begin to influence the success formula yourself See Full Story on www forbes com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Employee Formula to Success Momentum Responsibility Email Newsletter Sign up to

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  • Responsibility
    is to figure it out for yourself so that you are clear with the formula s translation and how you can deliver upon it Trust yourself enough to navigate and explore it It s like a treasure hunt You ll never know what intelligence and insight you will find until you try Look beyond the obvious and be patient You will eventually find the key to unlock the code so that you can begin to influence the success formula yourself See Full Story on www forbes com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Employee Formula to Success Momentum Responsibility Who s the boss It could be your team 16 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Let s face it it s great to be the boss You re the one calling the shots making sure everything stays on course in the end the responsibility for your company s success or failure falls on your shoulders And you re fine with that After all you re the boss When it comes to being in charge however acting as the constant problem solver can become tiring and detrimental to the business When an employee brings you a problem there are benefits to having built a company culture in which he or she is encouraged to bring a solution as well More businesses are adopting policies that direct employees to bring possible solutions to management whenever they present a problem Considered offhand this practice makes perfect sense How often have you had an employee present a problem and when you ask what he or she thinks should be done you had the same idea in mind Nine times out of 10 an employee already knows the answer Another consideration involves the size of your business If your company is smaller

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  • A Simple Trick to Always Keep Your Resume Updated
    whole process can instantly feel overwhelming As your long to do list is continuously filled with more pressing tasks and resume updating gets pushed further down the list you may find yourself scrambling to recall the important contributions you ve made in your current or most recent position But while drawing a blank is normal especially if you ve been with the same company for years describing the impact you ve had doesn t have to feel so burdensome In fact there s one simple action you can take now that requires mere seconds and doesn t interrupt your workflow Create a brag folder in your inbox Every time a client sings your praises a colleague gushes over your contributions to the latest team project or your boss asks you to take on a new responsibility go ahead and drag that email on over to the folder Even if every compliment or activity isn t necessarily resume worthy scrolling through a folder full of flattering messages may get your gears turning on other achievements Plus knowing there s one place to look makes the entire process feel much less daunting See Full Story on www themuse com Filed Under Career

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