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Business Leaders Set the Rhythm

The leader of any business has the ability to ‘set the rhythm’ for the rest of the team - which is the overall speed at which things get done. You could call it a ‘cadence’ or ‘momentum’. This is what Rudy Giuliani was doing when he held a daily meeting New York City. He was setting the rhythm of action to be completed daily. Goo... Continue reading

Is Intuition Running Your Business?

How much do you rely on intuition in your business? Would you want to learn about a tool or method that seems counter – intuitive? Welcome to the world of disruptive innovation! Paul Graham is the legendary co-founder of Y Combinator, one the most successful technology incubators in the world. Successful startups such as Dropbox and Airbnb w... Continue reading

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Inspiration

With business and life, it can be helpful to remember that what we think might be a new idea or concept may actually be more timeless. Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States provides an excellent example. He was known for many great achievements, including authoring the Declaration of Independence. While this may be his most fa... Continue reading

The Business Model Canvas Explained

As you look to launch your business, you will likely find mentors, bankers, and other resources providers that will ask you for a traditional business plan. By utilizing the Business Model Canvas and customer discovery methods, you will have something far superior than just a business plan full of assumptions and guesses. You will have a tested ... Continue reading

Entrepreneurship Can be Learned

You CAN learn entrepreneurship! How can you learn a new and different mindset? It’s more about unlearning than learning Here’s why: First – let’s define entrepreneurship - an entrepreneur is a business person who wants to be an innovator and make change happen. Related article - How to be an Entrepreneur Some of the most important... Continue reading

Entrepreneurial Success – 3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make

The Lean Startup and customer discovery methods are radical and different. If entrepreneurial students ‘get it’, the concepts and methods will save them tons of time and money for the rest of their life! But, sometimes a budding entrepreneur knows ‘just enough’ to be dangerous and they will end up worse off than when they started! ... Continue reading

Business Innovation – 2 Types

What type of business innovator are you? Are planning for disruptive innovation or incremental innovation? Incremental innovation defined An incremental or sustaining innovation is typically an improvement to an existing product. The business model  doesn’t change and the business runs pretty much the same except it enjoys the benefits the ... Continue reading

Business Startup Advice – Consider the Source

If a small business startup wants to eventually grow up to be a big business, shouldn’t it seek the advice of big business for the secrets to success? Maybe not! A big or established business has certainty with respect to its business model and its biggest challenge is usually execution of the strategy. Too often big business assumes the sam... Continue reading

Disruptive Technology Example and Insights

Clayton Christensen’s, The Innovators Dilemma, details a great story about a surprising disruptive innovation. Although the book was written in 1997, it was way ahead of its time in understanding the uncertainty and requirements for learning and discovery when faced with potential disruptive innovation in your industry. Chistensen’s story... Continue reading

The Customer Development Process

Customer development is the process of ‘getting out of the building’ to talk to potential customers. Steve Blank is credited as the original thought leader on this topic. In our ‘Test a Business Idea program’, we ask participants to get out of the building to test their business idea with potential customers.  This determines if their b... Continue reading