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Running your business often means you don’t have time to skim through thousands of articles around the web.  That’s understandable.  As a business leader, however, information is invaluable so that you can make good decisions and drive your company to be all that it can be.  We’ve captured some of these articles for your viewing pleasure.  Please credit the authors independently.

The 5 Stages for Achieving Innovation Through Sustainability
By Jim Witkin | September 8th, 2009

“There’s no alternative to sustainable development” begins the recent Harvard Business Review article, “Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation.” Sustainability and green initiatives are no longer optional contend the article’s authors ” Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad and M.R. Rangaswami. Not only is the business case getting stronger, but embracing a sustainability agenda can stimulate innovation, pushing companies to rethink their operations, products and business models.  [more]

Why Do Some Leaders Succeed In Tough Economic Times And Others Fail?
Posted: September 08, 2009, 6:44 PM by Ray Williams

Tough economic times seems to bring out the best and worst of leaders. Why the difference? The answer may lie in the style of leadership. Powerful leaders distinguish themselves by their capacity to inspire people to action and enroll them as change agents in organizations. [more]

Is Social Media A Trojan Horse?
Posted: September 08, 2009, 9:40 PM by Ray Williams

The Corporate Executive Board (CEB) reported that, according to their survey, 7!% of companies plan to invest in social media such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. This presents an immediate pressing need for organizations to develop social media policies for employees and the company.  [more]

Networking for Business a 21st Century Survival Guide

By Jonathan Fitchew of Pareto Law

As a result people now like to form their own opinion based on word of mouth, face to face meetings, and, increasingly, online reputations before they will do business with you.  There has never been a time when attention to the company you keep has been so important in business and career success.  [more]

‘Senate Six’ Could Sink Small Business

Dean Zerbe, 09.08.09, 08:05 PM EDT

Interest groups in Washington, D.C., and on the Internet are racing to patch together an outline of the Senate Finance Committee‘s latest, yet-to-be-released plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. Here’s an early-bird review of what is being proposed, with a specific focus on the implications for small businesses and their owners.

What Is the Boss’s Job Description?

By Jennifer Walzer

“If you were fired as C.E.O. and a new C.E.O. were brought in to take over your position, what would they do that you aren’t doing? What are you doing that they would stop doing? And why aren’t you doing things that way? [more]

The “Encore Effect”

How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do by Mark Sanborn

Remarkable performance isn’t just about what we do; it’s also about how we do it. Passion is the fuel that lets us “set ourselves on fire.” If you are going to get the marketplace excited about your brand-about you-you have to get people excited about who you are and what you do. Remember, no one will be more passionate about your performance than you are yourself. The good news is passion can be created and stoked. It’s up to you to do so.  [more]

Should I Expand My Business?

Assess your risk and reward by asking yourself these questions.
By Domenic Rinaldi   |   September 08, 2009

Despite today’s market, countless business owners are finding ways to weather the economic storm and keep their businesses profitable. The gut instinct for many is to look for ways to cut costs internally by trimming headcount, salary or employee hours, or seeking ways to reduce production costs or improve efficiency. Some business owners, though, could benefit from considering business expansion.[more…]

Say it, mean it and then do it

Author Alan Deutschman illustrates the importance of assuring that deeds match words.

By Richard Pachter

Each of us may be the star of our own movie, but that doesn’t guarantee an intriguing plot. In a similar fashion, most war stories recounted by business leaders are dull cautionary tales rather than inspiring works offering useful examples and actionable instructions.  [more…]

Personal ways that help enhance organizational performance

By Evelio G. Echavez

There is stiff competition everywhere for businesses today, making survival and profitability a constant challenge. Many management scholars, such as Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University, say that the effective management of people has become more important in increasing
organizational performance than the traditional sources of success, such as process technology and protected markets.[more…]

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