links for 2011-01-22

  • There’s something about the combination of human nature (rationalization and self deception) and large hierarchical organizations (corporations, military, government, etc.) that actively conspire to hide failure and errors. Institutional cover-ups are so ingrained that we take them for granted. Yet for a startup, a cover-up culture is death. In a startup, founders and the board need to do exact the opposite of a large company – failures need to be shared, discussed and dissected to extract “lessons learned” so a new direction can be set.
    (tags: leadership)
  • It's a scene that's been played out all over America in the past few years: companies handing out severance checks, often to their most highly paid, experienced employees. For some laid-off workers, it becomes the push into entrepreneurship they've needed — maybe even wanted. Those severance checks can be used as seed money, funding everything from one-person consulting shops to retail franchises. Here, four tips to help you launch your dream business, while minimizing the risk to that sudden stash of cash
  • Now that the New Year is well under way, I'm more convinced that there is no better time than now to start a new business. For instance, if we look at business cycles as seasons, we can see that we are emerging from a deep "economic winter" and are headed into an "economic spring." Almost every market and industry has been cleared of the inefficient or overleveraged businesses, opening up new opportunities that didn't exist just a few years ago. As a result, both human capital and business tools are abundant and inexpensive. Here are four ways you can leverage the current trends in the marketplace to help ensure a strong launch and thriving future for your startup.
  • A successful presentation can persuade an audience to change their behavior and take action — but presenters must clearly state exactly what they want their audience to do. Anticipating the audience’s needs is one of the first steps in presentation creation. Speakers can elicit behavior changes by tuning into their audience and crafting a message specifically for them. The personal appeal motivates the audience to act. The journey of presentation development begins where it ends: with the audience.

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