Wednesday, October 31, 2018

22 Entrepreneurs Debate if You Can Learn to be an Entrepreneur

It’s all about the unwillingness to give up

There is no single path to entrepreneurship; some are born that way, others are made. The nature vs. nurture discussion is pointless. Much like anything else in life everyone’s path is unique because everyone journey is unique. The one common factor though is the unwillingness to give up; most entrepreneurs are not successful by the first attempt. That unwillingness to give up is what leads to success.
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Want To Run A Lean Startup? Follow These 15 Money-Saving Tips

Make Decisions Based On Cash Flow
From personal experiences, the most effective way to stay lean is to adopt cash-flow-based decision making. This particular methodology allows you to adjust your growth wisely and without running into financial issues. - Kamyar ShahWorld Consulting Group
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13 Clear Signs Your Job Isn't The Right Fit For You

You're Consistently Bored
One of the most common signs of being in the wrong role or organization is boredom. When you find yourselves doing your job without enthusiasm and are easily distracted by minor issues, it is a sure sign that you need to make a change. While we all experience boredom sometimes, it is important to differentiate between occasional boredom and consistent boredom. - Kamyar ShahWorld Consulting Group
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Here's How To Create An Employee Feedback Cycle That Actually Works

Appoint An Employee Advocate
There are many ways to keep the company leadership in the loop about their employees' satisfaction; however, one particular method that has worked well for my clients is employee advocacy. Enlist a designated employee who can keep the feedback loop open without the feedback backfiring on a specific employee. That employee can communicate concerns up the chain without fear of consequences. - Kamyar ShahWorld Consulting Group
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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Spin Sucks Question: How Do Best Practices Fit Into Your Business?

You Have to Start Somewhere

Kamyar Shah feels best practices actually stifle creativity and success:
The concept of best practices is rather a misguided notion of uniformity and groupthink that at best stifle effectiveness and efficiency and at worst create a tremendous burden on organizational success. 
I have made a habit to use best practices ONLY as a starting point. 
For instance; in marketing strategy planning I help my clients to start with a comprehensive overview of all platforms and channels, yet quickly help them discard those that are not suited for their product or services. 
On the other hand, some basic digital marketing best practices, such as standard on-page optimizations, are simply a must. 
In HR projects, I encourage my clients to explore non-traditional methodology in the recruiting and selection process instead of the best practices that are currently standards for many organizations. 
The bottom line is that the concept of best practices is generally either misunderstood or wrongly implemented.It was never meant to be a uniform SOP for every organization; only a set of basics to serve as a starting point.
Success comes from the adaption of those best practices to the individual business based on its leadership style and product/service selections.

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24 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Tips

Build relationships

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One of the best tips I have ever received as well as given is built relationships. There is a profound impact created by a long-term relationship with peers and other professionals. Those relationships that evolve in mutual respect and recognition tend to impact how your business grows. As the saying goes Your network is your net worth.
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35 HR Pros, Employers & Managers Reveal the Most Creative Ways Managers Can Keep Employees Engaged

Kamyar Shah is a small business advisor helping you increase profitability and productivity, offering remote CMO and Remote COO services.
“Employee engagement or maximization of thereof…”
Has less to do with creativity than it has with the methodology. Sure, there can be one-offs in which one particular idea gets the attention of employees, but it is by no means the way an organization should have creativity as its main engagement strategy.
The true way to have long-term and consistent employee engagement is to involve the employees themselves. Their input and requests should be the most significant element of the employee engagement program. Couple it with a consistent feedback loop and you have yourselves a winning employee engagement strategy.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thriving In The Gig Economy: 15 Key Strategies For Success

Manage Your Reputation
Having worked remotely for various size organizations as an independent contractor for 15-plus years, the most vital strategy by far is to manage your reputation. It starts with a very simple proposition: underpromise and overdeliver. It is the basis for asking your happy customers for referrals. You will be surprised how this methodology alone creates a steady flow of leads. - Kamyar ShahWorld Consulting Group
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The Pros and Cons of Salary Transparency

"A small business can easily explain the difference in pay scale by providing the formula that was used to calculate each scale as well as a qualitative comparison in job description and responsibilities," said Kamyar Shah, a business consultant. "The key is transparency in data sharing."

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Small Company, Big Success: 10 Ways To Prove Credibility To Your Customers

Show, Don't Tell
The mantra of "show, don't tell" holds true here. In the technology sector, the best bet to illustrate your credibility is by providing case studies of current or former clients. If that is not available, demonstration of skill set is a good alternative: think webinars, tutorials, etc. Ultimately, credibility is proven by results. Show results and your credibility will grow.  - Kamyar Shah, World Consulting Group
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