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November 28, 2012
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Leading the Pack 
  • How leaders can overcome their fears
    Many bosses have fears that hold them back, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Overcoming them requires having a clear moral compass and using that conviction to work past jitters. "If you are a leader who has a solid value system in place ... fear becomes a non-issue," Asmus writes. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • What a rock classic can teach you about starting a company
    The success of the classic rock-and-roll hit "Louie, Louie" provides lessons for startup founders, John Greathouse writes. Just like successful entrepreneurs, The Kingsmen, who performed the song, were willing to improvise and found a way to record it without spending a lot of money. "In a similar manner, lean startups must rapidly and cheaply develop minimally viable products and quickly assess the merit of their underlying value propositions," Greathouse writes. Forbes (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • A question checklist for new suppliers
    Before agreeing to work with a new supplier, you should find out how much you will have to pay, what factors could cause a change in prices and what should be done if shipments don't arrive, experts say. You should also make sure you understand the payment terms and find out if they are offering a volume discount. Entrepreneur online (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Fight your fears and find the strength to get started
    You have to overcome your fear as you take the first step toward starting your own business or trying something new, Ryan Estis writes. "If more meaning and fulfillment from work is a personal quest, there is no time like the present," writes Estis, who recommends the books "Turning Pro" and "The $100 Startup." (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Yes, your social media posts are subject to libel law
    You can be sued for defamatory statements you make on social media provided you acted in an irresponsible manner in posting them, L.V. Anderson writes. Deleting a defamatory post won't absolve you from legal liability, but it might reduce the amount you could be required to pay in damages. Slate (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Fear is at the heart of innovation hesitation
    Fear of losing the essence of what made a company successful is usually what keeps it from diving into innovation, Holly Green writes. Examining your fears for unfounded mental hangups and voicing your concerns within the company for feedback are two ways to overcome the natural tendency to cling to past success and avoid sometimes painful steps toward innovation. Use fear to your advantage by proposing the innovative idea as a solution to a looming threat to existing business. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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