Archive for the ‘Startup’ Category

Risk-taking and the “Freedom to Fail”

January 5th, 2011 1 Comment

“Take calculated risks–that is quite different from being rash.” General George S. Patton Especially in high-tech, progress is made only by taking risks. Taking a risk implies the possibility of partial or complete failure. So how can we decide what risks to take, and how can we encourage the identification of those risks and the willingness to go forward with them, i.e., institute a culture of risk-taking? One of the most important factors in encouraging risk-taking is the “freedom to

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The Art of Talking Small

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

As we are out and about meeting people and building our networks, there is often a need for a bit of small talk to start off our conversations. If you are stuck for something to say to break the ice, here is an acronym that I remember to work off of. Think of the word CHAT and use that to help you ask a question to begin the dialog. C – Career What do you do for a living? What

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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