Innovation and intrapreneurship strategist Philippe De Ridder, co-founder of Board of Innovation, shares six personal innovation habits that will have a profound impact on your performance, happiness, and success as an entrepreneur.
I’ve recently discovered the power of forming daily habits to reach my goals, and I’m keen to share my experience and thoughts to get some discussion going. As a person active in innovation — as an innovation manager, consultant, R&D manager, business developer, product manager, or C-level leader — you’ve most likely set yourself personal goals around being more inspiring, up-to-date, convincing or creative. Have you also considered which daily habits you could form to reach those goals?
The breathless mentality that fuels startups is ideal for a company’s early days, but it doesn’t age well. SEOmoz co-founder and CEO Rand Fishkin explains that as companies mature into the growth stage, that fast-paced approach can sometimes do more harm than good.
A Better Motto for Scalable Company Growth
As your company grows, so should your approach to leading it. In a recent interview with OpenView, Fishkin explained that changing his mindset around speed was the first major shift he had to make.
Whether bootstrapping your way to hiring help, or navigating toward profitability under investors’ eyes, an entrepreneur’s path is often a long and lonely one. Dino Dogan, founder of blog amplification platform Triberr, talks about the lessons he’s learned firsthand while carving out a new space in social media for his company.
The story behind Triberr will sound familiar to many entrepreneurs: founder Dino Dogan saw a common problem without an easy solution. “I was doing SEO for a long time,” he says, but optimizing content “didn’t work for what I was trying to do.” Dogan wanted to build a community around his blog to include more than immediate friends who would comment on and share his posts, but that required “a lot of heavy lifting.”
Enter Triberr. Dogan’s social network “allows you to set up a blogging tribe” of like-minded writers who share each other’s work in a “streamlined, frictionless, no-heavy-lifting kind of way.” He recently spoke with OpenView to share how he’s learning from criticism, educating customers, and bootstrapping “a Facebook for bloggers.”
Want to become the go-to expert in your field? Author and consultant Dorie Clark shares the two most important things you can do to unleash the thought leader inside of you.
Much as some business leaders might wish it was the case, establishing yourself as a thought leader isn’t as simple as setting up a blog, writing a few posts, and trying to acquire as many Twitter followers as possible.
Instead, says branding expert Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, true thought leadership is driven by two distinct things.
Do you need to be a visionary to be a successful entrepreneur?
We’re all familiar with the notion of the entrepreneur as visionary. It’s one that Hollywood loves to perpetuate — misunderstood geniuses and sudden epiphanies always make for a good story. But according to Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits, co-authors of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Entrepreneur, believing in the myth of the visionary as an overnight success can be a dangerous thing for aspiring entrepreneurs. In fact, it can severely limit their potential.
Find out why B2B companies are turning to the hottest new marketing tactic to rip leads straight from the headlines.
In this week’s Labcast, marketing strategist and bestselling author David Meerman Scott and marketing expert Jeff Ogden give us the scoop on one of marketing’s fastest growing trends: newsjacking.
UX expert Kyrie Robinson sheds light on the pitfalls designers should be aware of when working with product managers and how to avoid them to achieve organizational alignment.
As Kyrie Robinson of Silicon Valley Product Group explains, the most important part for achieving organizational alignment on a project is defining the requirements before attempting the design.
Sure, money talks, but if you really want to inspire your reps to break through walls you need to tap into something deeper. Sales executive, educator, and entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman provides 10 creative ways to encourage and reward above-and-beyond performance.
I just returned from delivering a two-day seminar in Dallas for front-line sales managers. I love the variety of my work, but I truly have a soft spot in my heart for this type of engagement. I believe the hardest job in sales is that of sales manager.
A balanced board of directors is the difference between a CEO entering new territory completely unprepared and going in with a map in hand. Pascal Levensohn, Managing Partner at Levensohn Venture Partners, explains how to build a high-impact board, the vital roles you need to fill, and best practices for improving your board performance.
For the expansion-stage CEO, a well-rounded board of directors is a huge asset. Not only can the board offer valuable advice to guide founders and managers through the challenges that growing companies face, but it can also help attract top talent and bring impartial oversight to financial matters and potential conflicts.
Pascal Levensohn, founder of Levensohn Venture Partners and currently on the boards of Littlecast, ShotSpotter, and Akros Silicon, recently sat down with OpenView Venture Partner Firas Raouf to share his insights into what makes an effective board of directors and how a CEO can get full value and board performance from his or her council.
Want to make yourself hireable no matter the economic environment? Author and personal branding expert Dorie Clark explains how becoming a thought leader can help transform your career.
The economy might be improving, but the job market in most industries has yet to totally stabilize – and it may never return to what it once was.
The truth, says branding consultant Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, is that we’re entering an age in which employees are increasingly commoditized. And the only way to fight back against that shift is to be perceived as a thought leader — the go-to expert in your field.