SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he wanted to test his inner mettle.
Kahn, along with a team of fellow storytellers, has helped champion this philosophy through events they've held at IDEO offices across the country.
Are startups just for workaholic white male lumpen-preneurs? A YEAR AGO Jody Sherman shot himself. His online shop, Ecomom, which sold eco-friendly and health products for children, was running out of cash. A few weeks later the business closed its virtual doors. A new owner relaunched it in June.
Small businesses rule our economy, and each successful small businesses is expected to get bigger. Many successful small businesses are easily scaled. The owner has created something that can be repeated, a product that can be mass produced, a process that can be franchised.
Research shows that even if the rewards aren't immediately apparent, contributing to the success of others pays off in the long run. Kat Cole started helping out early. Raised by a single mother of three who held three jobs to support the family, Cole entered the workforce as soon as it was legal.
Growing up as a kid, I never exposed myself to books unless I absolutely had to. Sometimes I’d “have to” read a book and write up a report. Other times, I’d “have to” read a book to prepare for an exam of some sort.
After having spent the majority of my 20's working for five different companies, I finally decided to strike out on my own. I started my own online business, and quickly discovered the unexpected challenges that come with the territory.
We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling “purpose” — but what does that mean? Aren’t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another?
Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results.