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November 21, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Startup provides financial planning for the masses
    A 3-year-old company called LearnVest is helping users get a handle on their finances by providing them with a free tool to monitor their spending and giving them access to certified planners. "Financial planning shouldn't be a luxury. It should be accessible to everyone," said Alexa von Tobel, the company's founder. The company has brought in more than $20 million in funding and it adds as many as 5,000 members a day. Fox Business Small Business Center (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Why bosses should find their "off button"
    Leaders shouldn't be afraid to turn off their smartphones and iPads, write Henry Mintzberg and Peter Todd, as digital distractions make it harder for bosses to relate to their workers effectively. "By giving managers the illusion of control, the rapid flow of information through new technologies threatens to rob them of real control," the pair write. Strategy+Business magazine (free registration) (Winter 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Why trusting your instincts is a great way to identify problems
    It's a good idea to get advice from multiple sources instead of relying on one person's expertise, Laura Calandrella writes. "No one individual will have everything you need, so rely on your head and heart to determine where you spend your time and money," she advises. Ultimately, you have to trust your own instinct if something doesn't seem right, she notes. Young Entrepreneur Council (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How running your company is like raising a family
    Much like raising a family, building a business requires the ability to constantly adapt to changing circumstances, Rene Shimada Siegel of High Tech Connect writes. Running a company is "a constant stream of critical, gut-wrenching, on-the-fly decision-making that can make you think this 'leadership stuff' is nuts," she writes. It's also important to act with integrity and to focus on accountability, she writes. Inc. online (free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Ideas for Innovators 
  • How leaders can encourage innovation
    Leaders don't necessarily need to be chock-full of creative ideas, but it is important for them to develop a culture that encourages innovative thinking, Scott Edinger writes. Leaders can accomplish this mission by fostering a sense of trust, inspiring employees and being willing to challenge conventional wisdom. Forbes (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How to improve after experiencing failure
    Talking about failure can be uncomfortable, but it's important for members of your organization to learn from setbacks as well as successes, Matt Hunt writes. After undergoing any sort of experience, your team should think about what it has learned and what can be done differently in the future, he writes. "Learning from failures won't always yield success, but simply moving on from them without reflection will surely lead to a mountain of mistakes you'll eventually have to overcome," Hunt writes. B2C Marketing Insider (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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[A]t the end of the day -- this is your business. When your intuition alarms sound, it's time to pay attention."
--Laura Calandrella, writing at the Young Entrepreneur Council.
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