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December 6, 2012
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Leading the Pack 
  • How to mix business and pleasure at the holidays
    This holiday season, set yourself the goal of acting like a rock star at all the personal and professional gatherings you attend, advises Baron Christopher Hanson. That means turning up with a bottle of something special, smiling, speaking positively and earning yourself a reputation for working holiday-season miracles when things go wrong. "Rock stars acquire and install solutions quickly and quietly," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
Finance & Growth 
  • How entrepreneurs get the Lean Startup model wrong
    The Lean Startup model is important, but entrepreneurs sometimes misuse it, according to investor Marc Andreessen. Some entrepreneurs use the methodology as an excuse to give up quickly or as a reason not to focus on sales and marketing, he noted. Another problem is that some companies simply can't follow the Lean Startup model. "I don't think the Lean Startup idea, as brilliant as it is, and as widely applicable as it is, should halt us from investing in these big ideas right out of the gate," he said. GigaOm (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How California's Proposition 30 will affect entrepreneurs
    California's recently passed Proposition 30, which contains a retroactive tax increase, could take a toll on entrepreneurs in the state, writes Ethan Anderson, CEO and founder of Redbeacon. Successful entrepreneurs are especially susceptible to changes in the top tax rates because "in those rare cases when something of great value is created and a meaningful liquidity event takes place ... nearly all the money earned from the undertaking hits at one time," he notes. All Things D (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How Bravo's new reality show misrepresents the startup community
    Bravo's new reality-TV show "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley" misrepresents what it's really like to build a company by focusing on drama and partying instead of the actual work required, writes Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council. "Entrepreneurship and business creation can help get our nation out of its dire economic straits, but would-be entrepreneurs must know what they're getting themselves into: an exciting, viable career path that can be highly rewarding but that is rarely, if ever, easy," he writes. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • From info to infographic in less than 30 minutes
    When creating an infographic, it's important to have a message in mind and to brand it so others can tell your organization was its creator, Liz Seda writes. Piktochart, which allows users to choose from a number of templates, is a good tool for producing infographics, she writes. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Innovation is going global
    Innovation is increasingly a global force, and companies need to build global information networks and innovation partnerships, appoint managers with international worldviews, and develop systems for managing global projects, argue Yves Doz and Keeley Wilson in this book excerpt. "Companies that don't embrace this change and the opportunities it affords will find the twenty-first century a difficult place in which to compete," Doz and Wilson write. Fast Company online (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
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[Entrepreneurship] should attract or repel ambitious young people on the merits of what it really is: a lifestyle that is as liberating as it is daunting, as unorthodox as it is normal, and as exciting as it is boring."
--Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, writing at
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