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Running a small business can be a daunting task for first timers. It takes more than just a handful of business cards and a company bank account to get your small business off the ground. In all honesty, it can be a daunting task even if you’ve been around the small business block a few times already. The best tool you have on your side to prepare yourself is knowledge. There are all kinds of free Internet-based resources out there to help you get started. Great, but I have a business to run,…

Business start-ups, entrepreneurs, business plans – to plan or not to plan – oh my; that is the question we work on in this weekly summary by presenting 11 posts that look at different ways and manners that small business can benefit – or not – from a business plan and process. As a certified One Page Business Plan® consultant I found many of them interesting in their approach.  Several of the writers bemoan the process, the length of the plan, or even the lack of a plan’s…

If you are a Star Trek fan, you will know that it’s a franchise borne from Gene Roddenberry’s 1960s vision of an utopian society. It was based on a coherent set of  idealistic principles the background to which; were the emerging political tensions within American Society during a phase of economic expansion, the Cold war and the Civil Rights movement. It encapsulates a progressive and optimistic take on the future that had great faith in technology. If you are no fan at all, this…

In our job placement company we interview job applicants every day.  Some of the applicants are applying for specific employment while others are being interviewed so that we can place them into our talent inventory for future employment. We consider ourselves job placement coaches for two reasons – first our employer client often needs assistance defining the type of person they require; and second because our applicants have a difficult time determining what the best employment options are…

This is a collaborative post, written with John Twohig. There’s a lot of chatter in social media circles that use sexual innuendo’s to entice a baby boomer, gen x, and gen y’er to engage in the latest new product being pushed by some aggressive social marketer.  Funny thing is that some of the social marketing techniques work – some of the time – and some of them work – well, not so well a lot of the time. Aggressive social marketers think that linking the sale of their product…

As a management coach a significant part of my work focuses on motivation – of owners, managers, and employees.  I’ve found through experience in leading and managing organizations that learning how to motivate and understanding the power of motivation in a business is one of the most important attributes a leader and manager can develop. There is extensive information, theories, and perspectives available about employee motivation.  Here are 10 that I found particularly inspiring.  I…

Ireland ranks number 10 globally in terms of “Ease of Doing Business” according to a recent survey supported by the World Bank Group, which reviewed 183 economies in total.  There are a number of Irish government agencies which provide financial and operational supports to ensure that it continues to be easy to do business here. In this interview with Eibhlin Curley of Dublin City Enterprise Board, we look at the supports provided by the thirty-five Enterprise Boards in general and by the…

In an article published last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that at a recent all-hands meeting Andrew Mason, Groupon’s CEO, indicated that the company needs to grow up quickly and stop “taking stupid risks.” “We’re still this toddler in a grown man’s body in many ways,” Mason reportedly told employees in the closed-door gathering  Ironically, just as he was bemoaning the need to beef up financial controls and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules, he was…

While businesses have now embraced the need to nurture and grow their online communities, doing so remains a challenge for many. The Internet may have changed the geographical limitations of community; however, for me, the older values of community remain intact and are as potent online as they previously were offline. As someone who has experience with both the offline and online worlds, here are my five steps towards building great online communities. # Step 1: Have a greater purpose Great…

Large and small business/organisations are looking to adopt a successful Internal Social Business Strategy. They are attempting to leverage the power of collaboration using online social platforms, but without the necessary tools or knowledge to effectively plan their strategy. Here I will attempt to lay-out some of the processes required for the successful implementation of such a strategy plus give an example from the Pharma Sector. One issue all businesses/orgs must face is that the process…