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Octane Results: Goal Setting
By Lauren King, Director of the EO Accelerator Program
As someone who’s dedicated her career to helping small-scale entrepreneurs grow their businesses, I’ve heard many skeptics say a business accelerator program is just a cover for startups looking to increase capital. I disagree – after working with thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world who are putting in the hard work and time to reach the US$1 million mark, I see the importance of accelerator programs enabling businesspeople to reach personal and professional goals. From a high-level perspective, these small businesses are making a positive impact on the global economy, creating more jobs and empowering communities. On a personal level, giving entrepreneurs the support and resources to realize their potential is immensely valuable on many levels.
By Shelley Rogers, EO Brisbane
When it comes to my entrepreneurial journey, I compare it to running my first triathlon. While I did train heavily for the race, I had no idea what to expect. It brought with it plenty of sweat, scratches, a few tears and, admittedly, a few swear words thrown in here and there. When I finally crossed that finished line, I felt a sense of accomplishment, pride and success. To my surprise, I had finished sixth in my age category. It was just another example of how through hard work and heart, you can achieve anything.
Can all your sales problems be solved with a single question?
Dr. Karl Blanks is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member from the UK – London. He is the co-founder of Conversion Rate Experts, a consultancy that scientifically grows many of the world’s most successful web business, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. We asked Karl for tips on growing sales. Here’s what he had to say:
When Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg was researching his newest book “Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,” he spent months researching the story of Malcolm McLean, who created the modern shipping container.
By Frank Fantozzi, an EO Cleveland member and President and Founder of Planned Financial Services
The family business model can be extremely rewarding for entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to creating a legacy that brings about pride, honor and family fulfillment. However, as family businesses expand, they face unique performance and governance challenges. As the founder of Planned Financial Services, I’ve always made it a priority to ensure multi-generational family businesses are able to succeed now and well into the future. That begins with understanding the key drivers of business longevity and following a few tips we share with the entrepreneurial families we advise:
By David Adams, founder of HomeSuite
As thrilling as the expansion journey can be, this is actually where many startups fail. While my business has had four successful expansions thus far, most startups aren’t so lucky.
To set the groundwork for success, consider these tips before expanding your business to a new location:
More productive workers mean a more successful business! Inc. shares a few tips to help you boost worker productivity around the office.
Productivity has always been a major factor for the eventual success or failure of a business. With more productive workers and more productive processes, you can get more done, achieve more excellence, and ultimately spend less money.
But productivity isn’t exactly easy to come by.
“What if we created a research lab and business incubator that took these people with learning differences and put [them] together? What if we gave them a place where they could figure out what their true passions were and then turn those passions into a livelihood? ” – Rick Fiery
This was the shared dream of Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, the co-founders of InventiveLabs, a multi-track research center that supports Inventives, people who have non-traditional learning styles and are looking to make their passions a reality. Rick narrated his journey to this collaboration in a recent TEDx talk, sharing stories of participants, how they’re embracing their unique creative processes and the difference they’re making in the world around them.
For me, the definition of a successful day is simple. It means that I have sustained mental energy to tackle both good and evil. It also means that I keep regret and anxiety to a minimum. I neither dwell on the past, which I can’t change, nor focus on the future that will end up nothing like I can possibly predict. Recently, I have noticed a success pattern. Those days start out the same way: Consciously.