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November 26, 2012
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  • Entrepreneurs find a market for wooden bicycles
    Woodworkers Mauro Hernandez and Bill Holloway, who run Masterworks Wood and Design, create wooden bicycles for high-end customers. Such bikes start at $5,500 and one vehicle can take more than 125 hours to complete. The bikes "are not showpieces," Holloway said. "We built them to ride." Entrepreneur magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Leading the Pack 
 
  • 4 keys to leading change in your workplace
    Workplace cultures driven by values and high performance do not happen by accident or by a leader declaring that change will occur, S. Chris Edmonds writes. "People change only when they see their leaders consistently model desired behaviors. Therefore, to change their organization's or team's culture, leaders must define, demonstrate, and reinforce their desired culture," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Finance & Growth 
 
  • How to pick the right lawyer for your needs
    When searching for legal help for your startup, you should consider small firms and avoid overestimating the importance of having a local lawyer, writes Matt Faustman, CEO of UpCounsel. "The one downside of using smaller outfits is that not everything is under one roof," he writes. "You may need to work with several lawyers to service all of your needs, but you will save bundles." VentureBeat (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to find the best clients for your business
    Entrepreneurs should decide what types of clients they are looking for and ask their current customers for referrals to find people who have these characteristics, Laura Katen writes. It's also a good idea to talk to friends and colleagues, and to directly contact potential clients, she writes. At the same time, you should avoid working with bad clients, who can hurt your morale with their negativity. TheDailyMuse.com (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

The Whole Entrepreneur 
 
  • Bill could help immigrant entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.
    Advocacy groups and other interested parties are supporting an initiative to create a visa that would allow immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they launch companies that meet certain criteria. "I believe that we are losing the battle for entrepreneurial talent in the United States, and we need policies in place that turn that around," said Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who introduced the Startup Act 2.0 bill, which addresses the issue. The Wall Street Journal (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Ideas for Innovators 
  • Why innovative companies must be willing to experiment
    Experimentation is a key part of the innovation process, yet many firms shy away from it because of fear of failure, Jeffrey Phillips of OVO Innovation writes. "Experimenting doesn't increase risk and inefficiency, it lowers failure rates and increases insight and learning," he writes. InnovationExcellence.com (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How business leaders failed on their way to success
    Allie Siarto of Loudpixel says one of her early mistakes was her company got involved with too many projects that didn't align with its core business model. "Once we started focusing, our business became much more successful," she notes. In this article, entrepreneurs list their missteps, which include obsessing over minor details and relying too heavily on assumptions. B2C Marketing Insider/Young Entrepreneur Council (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
[I]f you're staying up all night worried about your next interaction with a client or dreading every upcoming conference call, the money doesn't matter."
--Laura Katen, president of Katen Consulting, writing at TheDailyMuse.com.
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