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Strategic thought requires thinking “conceptually” as opposed to “sequentially.” Sequential thinking weighs the pros and cons of each step against its immediate surroundings. Conceptual thinking requires that each step be measured against the larger goal. Perhaps this is best understood with an analogy. Imagine going on a trip from point “A” to point “B.”
There has been a trend to try to create one overarching company mission statement. However, they often become “wall art” hanging in the office of little practical use in operating the company. Consequently, it may be useful to use mission statements to delineate different phases of a company’s life.
Most Businesses fail… sooner or later. They fail in all sorts of ways: collapsing from the inside, succumbing to outside pressures, etc. In fact, there are far more ways to fail than succeed.
Founder contributions are critical to entrepreneurial startups. There are three major contributions that founders provide to startup businesses: Money, Commitment, and Effort
Founders spend considerable time creating plans: Business Plans, Strategic Plans, Marketing Plans, etc. The basic question that most plans leave unanswered is, “How do I know if my plan is working?”
There are two key factors to consider in order to be great startup advice from outside experts: Pick the right team, and always know what you want before you ask.
Every company is composed of individuals with different skill sets and has different roles that must be filled in order to succeed.
An entrepreneur’s favorite word is “yes.” We are perpetual optimists. Success is always possible. If you ever stop believing that, shut your operation down immediately and find something else to do that will make money.
We often think of business as a special function. In reality, it operates in much the same way normal things around us do. In fact, the concepts behind Newton’s Three Laws of Motion are as applicable to business as they are to physics.