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Overcoming The Pitfalls of Passion

CURES for 5 common forms of Passion Blindness: 1. Entitlement Blindness: You have a Big Idea. But are you the best positioned to make it a business? One sure bet is that if you’re successful, others will want to horn-in. And they might have superior resources and connections to overcome your early lead. Don’t waste… Read more »

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Jerry McGuire Writes a Mission Statement

OPENING SCENE: Jerry’s hands dance over a keyboard as he writes a new and improved mission statement for his company – that gets him fired. CUT TO: Jerry’s departure scene in which he pitches others to leave with him to start a new agency. Of course his pitch turns out full-on sappy and not a… Read more »

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What Does It Take to Impress a VC?

Ever wondered what goes on during a Venture Capitalist (VC) meeting? Wondered what questions are most common, how the negotiations are done or what it really means to play ‘hardball’? Check out ABC’s series, “Shark Tank” to see what it really takes to impress a successful investor. The so-called ‘sharks’ consist of a panel of… Read more »

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Fun Counts

Fun Counts. Get Some.

Can your business harness fun to drive customer behavior?… Check out this link and see how far a little fun goes! http://www.thefuntheory.com/

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Got Good Karma?

Definition:  Karma noun: action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation. I am a strong believer in giving back to the community.  We should all do it as individuals and businesses.  Giving back just plain feels right.  Whether you sponsor the little league team,… Read more »

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‘Insider’ Tips on Amping Your Pitch

Hey guys, Donovan here… As a biz student at the Schidler College of Business, I’ve listened to A LOT of guest speakers: from Richard Parsons dissecting the causes of the recession to Jay Shidler reliving his entrepreneurial career. Many of these guest speakers were entrepreneurs who told a story of  living and dying by the… Read more »

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Coach Hayley Sue Busts a Move

How to Win: Ready to Bolt?

Hey gang, AJ here….my daughter runs cross country and here’s what she told me before yesterday’s race, “You win by starting fast and staying in front of the pack.”  I was stunned by her simple strategy…not just because it really works for cross country running, but because of how insightful it is for business too. Why? Well I think… Read more »

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"Obama-care": A Bad Story Waiting to Happen

This post is not intended to detract nor support the President, but it is here to observe that the label “Obama-care” poses a long-term story liability for the President. Why? Because Americans will ultimately blame any healthcare system for their ills, whether or not it proves successful for the masses. From a political POV, it’s a… Read more »

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"Weak Link" Breaking Your Profit Chain?

My newspaper is wet because the delivery kid didn’t care… does anyone else care? Well I certainly do, and so do the other subscribers on my street.  Should the folks downtown at the newspaper care too? I sure hope so. In business, you’re only as good as your weakest link. You may have the best… Read more »

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