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Quick question – “What is the most important quality Venture Capitalist look for when investing in a start-up?” Did you answer business model, idea or innovation? You are wrong. If you answered team members you are close, but not quite there. The most important quality any start-up needs to have is the founders’ ability to execute and develop the idea into a successful business. You see, developing a successful business from an idea is like running a marathon. You can start…

This post originally appeared on Niall Devitt’s blog, Niall is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz. The IT sector in Ireland is booming. The world’s largest and most successful companies are located here and our local Technology companies are succeeding on the international stage. There are lots of available IT roles for the right people. Yet, emigration from Ireland continues at unprecedented recent levels.  Why is Ireland successful in attracting IT companies? Some of the…

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a clue how to create a great marketing strategy.  I’m also not that great at choosing colors for interior design (some say I’m color blind).  And while I know how to operate a multitude of electronic devices – smart phone, laptop, desktop, remote controls; I don’t know how to create an app for the smart phone.  (How do they get all that information in such a tiny place anyway?) The Knowledge Worker Yet I know there are individuals who…

Wouldn’t it be great if you could snap your fingers, and have the best and brightest people working for you?  What could your business achieve if only you had talented, focused, thriving people committed to making your business and their careers a huge success? Here’s the deal. There is no magic potion. No simple solutions to the complex challenges posed by demographics and changing expectations. Bummer right?! In fact, looking at the whole big hairy problem of attracting and retaining…

Social Business is developing at a pace, due to the ongoing increase in digital technology. Business finds the “Tsunami” of digital information difficult to digest. Social Business allows a business to evaluate this digital technology and strategically plan to integrate a Social Business Strategy to deliver the company’s objectives. Social Business has developed in tandem with the new online technologies. A business can leverage either Social Branding, which leads to increased…

Every day at our job placement firm we interview people who need work.  Depending on their experience, age, industry, or occupation we try to work with each person to understand how we can assist them in getting a job.  And sometimes it’s not too easy helping with their job search skills. Let me explain.  Many of the people we interview have not had the need to look for work on a regular basis, so many are, you might say, a bit rusty, and sometimes embarrassed that they need to look for…

This post originally appeared on Janine Gilmour’s blog, Janine is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  Are you and your partner gunning to be the Next Big Thing? Do you have tons of energy, and big plans for how you’ll conquer a huge market?  Hopefully you also have innovative services, solid market research and a plan on how you’ll build a cadre of happy clients? Many notable business successes of our time were born in collaboration. Household names like Apple, e-Bay and…

Writing for customers is the best way to get new customers, via your content marketing. While many business bloggers write for their market, they don’t always write for their customers. The difference, while subtle, can be enormous in terms of your content ROI. Find out how you can use customers’ questions to create content marketing gold. How do business bloggers usually decide what to write about? Many content creators use educated guesswork to come up with their ideas: What…

I will admit that I have a visceral negative reaction to consultants.  That is probably because I spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble and almost 10 years at Microsoft and both of those companies viewed consultants as a waste of money and time.  Here was their rationale: # 1. A lost opportunity Having one of your high development prospects tackle a project to analyze a situation, develop alternatives and recommend a direction is a superb, stretching assignment.  You get to leverage the…

Taking on a leadership role is not an easy task; being successful at it?  Even more difficult. Finding the time to tune-in may seem impossible considering your busy schedule.  However, with simple tweaks to your normal routine you can attend to your every counterpoint. Whether you are running your own business or have assumed a managerial role of someone else’s, there are multiple groups that need your attention. # 1. Your niche Staying up-to-date on trends within your business’ niche is…