With ROWE, How do you Know?

We’ve been discussing the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) concept lately looking for ways to make our company more ROWE-like. ROWE comes from the book Work Sucks where two HR professionals from Best Buy set out to change their corporate culture for the better. The idea is to focus on results, not hours in the…

You Might be an Entrepreneur If…

I was at an EO meeting and a person said that the love of trying the difficult was an entrepreneur trait. That got me thinking about the “you might be an xyz” chain emails that went around in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Well, here goes my rendition of “you might be an entrepreneur…

Three Ways to Think About Business Focus

At the EO Atlanta Strategy Summit today, where we planned high-level goals for next year, one of the board members talked about a book (I don’t remember the name) where the author argued that there are three main areas of business focus: Operational excellence Product innovation Customer intimacy The main thesis is that a business…

Work that Gives You Energy

Have you ever tackled an issue, spent hours on the task, only to realize that you have even more energy than when you started? Some work takes energy, some is neutral, and some actually invigorates you. One of the tasks I’ve been trying to do lately is to pay attention to what things I get…

Entrepreneurs and Relationship Networking

At this morning’s Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter awards event, the keynote speaker, Harvey Mackay, focused his message on the power of relationship networking and a Rolodex. Here’s some of his advice: File away every person you meet and follow-up with them on a regular basis Capture as much person information as possible (e.g. personal preferences,…

The Two Most Common Entrepreneur Mistakes

I was on an American Marketing Association (AMA) panel today with Reggie Bradford of Vitrue and Joel Lunenfeld of Moxie Interactive – moderated by Benjamin Rudolph of Relevance Advisers. Reggie made a comment that stuck with me saying he received advice early on from a VC who’s been investing in startups for 20 years. The VC told…

Thinking About the Three Year Goal

Today I had the opportunity to talk with two different potential EO Accelerator entrepreneurs. One of the questions I always ask is “What are your revenue and company size goals three years from now?” I don’t ask that question because I believe having a large company is the only way to go, in fact, here…

Boredom in Startups

Boredom and startups don’t go together. By the very nature of a startup there are always 100 things to do because there is a lack of resources and people to execute on all the ideas. At today’s EO Accelerator accountability group, one of the entrepreneurs mentioned he was bored with doing a certain part of…