Entrepreneurship is alive and well and here are 16 reasons why you should consider taking the plunge too.
In my experience your small business can succeed against the giants ,even if it is a new company (with a new brand) provided that your company has the ability to come up with ideas and put them into action very very quickly.
To achieve these two things : Coming up with ideas and putting them into action very quickly, requires entrepreneurial spirit. This quality however, needs to be present within every member of the team, not just the entrepreneurial leader/founder.
It has to feature across the company in every way.
To begin – you as the leader needs to create an environment where entrepreneurship can flourish.
All business people, no matter where they are in terms of their development, have skills. Some business people are great at selling. Some are great at managing systems. For me, learning business skills are a lot like learning a new martial arts; when we develop these skills over time, they become a natural part of us. And because these skills (like the martial arts moves) feel natural, we start to use these skills reflexively whenever we confront problems, challenges or opportunities.
The more we use these skills, the better we become at them. And when the world starts to know that we are good at them, people start to come to us for help with the kind of problems that we appear to have a natural genius for solving. [Read more...]
In a previous post , i discussed what companies can learn about customer experience from Apple. Going further i believe that companies should seek to deliver value in a broader sense than just returning increased profits or focussing only on value to shareholder. For me i believe that there are four pillars that allow retail companies to deliver true value: [Read more...]
A recent study ranking Toronto as 4th amongst 25 cities worldwide as a tech start-up hub, and 12th amongst global cities for competitiveness left me both happy and sad. Happy that the City of my birth is so entrepreneur friendly, and sad because none of the major South African (my other home) cities still feature as entrepreneurial and start-up destinations.
Having finished my last job in the middle east , one of the reasons for choosing to move back to Cape Town over moving to Toronto , was because of the opportunities that i believe that South Africa as a developing country offers to entrepreneurs, and because given the right circumstances South Africa still has the potential for major growth over the next couple of years [Read more...]