- A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
- Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18
- I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli
- You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
- The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree
- Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
- Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton
- Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
- A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte
- You don't need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions
- A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
- My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery
- Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead
- The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill
- The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis
- To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux
- He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle
- Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy
- I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader
- Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker
- Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus
- A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
- The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt
- Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell
- You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey
- When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte
- Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman
- People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell
- So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker
- The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. —Tony Blair
- The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh
- The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. —Kenneth Blanchard
- A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. —Polybius
- A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell
- A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter
- The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn
- Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. —Sam Walton
- A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur
- A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. —Ovid
- No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. —Andrew Carnegie
- Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower
- The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. —Eric Hoffer
- Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy
- A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. —Max Lucado
- Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton
- As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates
- All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. —John Kenneth Galbraith
- Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you'll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt
- Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. —Donald Rumsfeld
- Education is the mother of leadership. —Wendell Willkie
- Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. —Stephen Covey
- Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. —General Colin Powell
- Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. —John Zenger
- He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca
- He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. —Solon
- I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. —Warren Bennis
- I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. —Herbert Swope
- If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou
- If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. —Benjamin Franklin
- If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson
- It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. —Latin Proverb
- It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. —Nelson Mandela
- Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. —Ross Perot
- Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. —Vince Lombardi
- Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell
- Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy
- Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. —Jesse Jackson
- Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. —Woodrow Wilson
- Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. —Norman Schwarzkopf
- Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. —Colin Powell
- Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. —Erskine Bowles
- Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. —Bill Bradley
- Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters
- Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. —Stephen Covey
- Never give an order that can't be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur
- No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. —Abraham Lincoln
- What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey
- Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. —Chinese Proverb
- One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow
- The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman
- The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. —Ken Blanchard
- The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. —Harvey Firestone
- To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. —Friedrich Nietzsche
- To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. —Pat Riley
- True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. —Bill Owens
- We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. —Marco Rubio
- Whatever you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln
- You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt
- A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. —John J Pershing
- A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John Maxwell
- There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan
- I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. —Dee Dee Myers
- A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. —Stephen King
- My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. –Unknown
- A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton
- The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower
- You don't lead by hitting people over the head—that's assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower
- Earn your leadership every day. –Michael Jordan
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
- Define the target buyer.
- Create a list of target buyers. Be specific so it's easy to take action. For example, "locate VPs of business development at investment firms" or "conference planners specializing in associations" or "dentists within 100 miles"
- Research warm connections to them.
- Reach out to contacts to ask for warm intros.
- Follow up with leads and so on. This provides a more task-oriented approach to a to-do list rather than sitting down to a seemingly insurmountable vague ideal of achieving sales, which would make anyone who doesn't like selling procrastinate.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
It's simple economics - and you're the simpleton
SAP licensing: 'Vagueness' and 'irregular enforcement'
It's your data, but…
Oracle licensing: A question of trust
Aggressive business practices on the spot
Friday, October 11, 2013
Launching an MVNO 'requires strong business planning'
1st August 2013
There are many advantages to be had through launching a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model and an increasing number of companies are showing interest in such a venture as they attempt to improve their portfolios through the additions of telecoms and cloud computing services.
MVNOs that launch and manage a mobile offering in the communications marketplace can look forward to a service that is able to control cost and risk, while also ensuring faster time to market and delivering improved customer experience and maximised revenues.
An important consideration, however, is how an MVNO can be set up properly. MVNO-dedicated website Prepaid MVNO reports that a strong business plan is essential in this regard. A good understanding of the commercial or consumer mobile telecommunications market is a prerequisite, as this will give firms a better idea of which service offering is best for them to pursue, while it will also indicate which operating model is the most appropriate.Various factors will play a part in determining the focus of the business plan, with these including main assets such as brand, value proposition, distribution channel and customer base.
When establishing an MVNO, firms that already boast a sizable customer base and existing distribution routes have an immediate advantage. Those that have a brand that is widely seen as being trusted will also have a head start - and couple this with a billing operation and these firms are in a strong position to make a success of offering a telecom product.
There are plenty of examples of pure-play MVNOs having made a success of things after being developed from a standing start, however, with these tending to place a greater emphasis on basic matters such as tight cost controls, innovative products, the bottom line and competitiveness regarding product and pricing design.
Prepaid MVNO explains that in addition to setting out a workable business plan, companies have to make sure they understand the classification or type of MVNO that they wish to progress with.
Contacting potential mobile network operators represents the next step, who will run a few checks on a firm before taking them on as a customer. Building a business plan that is solid and effective is particularly important here - and companies and network operators can work together to ensure the strategy is workable and beneficial for both parties. Likewise, focus will be placed on any opportunities that can enable a firm to build up its customer base - should it not already be particularly large - to enable the project to gather pace and yield results quickly.
With the launch of an MVNO, there is the chance to make the most of the opportunities arising due to the fact traditional mobile voice and messaging revenues are continuing to decline.
Through strategic commercial partnerships, MVNOs can come up with convergent market offerings that bring together mobility, cloud computing and over the top services - and combining telecoms and IT- See more at: http://www.mdscem.com/industry-news/industry-solutions/launching-an-mvno-requires-strong-business-planning/801618632/#sthash.0nWNcec9.dpuf
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Steve Jobs Biography:
Broadly considered a brand that inspires fervour and defines cool consumerism, Apple has become one of the biggest corporations in the world, fuelled by game-changing products that tap into modern desires. Its leader, Steve Jobs, was a long-haired college dropout with infinite ambition, and an inspirational perfectionist with a bully's temper. A man of contradictions, he fused a Californian counterculture attitude and a mastery of the art of hype with explosive advances in computer technology.
Insiders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the chairman who ousted Jobs from the company he founded, and Jobs' chief of software, tell extraordinary stories of the rise, fall and rise again of Apple with Steve Jobs at its helm.
With Stephen Fry, world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and branding guru Rita Clifton, Evan Davis decodes the formula that took Apple from suburban garage to global supremacy.
Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 -- October 5, 2011) was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.
In the late 1970s, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak engineered one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. Jobs directed its aesthetic design and marketing along with A.C. "Mike" Markkula, Jr. and others.
In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa (engineered by Ken Rothmuller and John Couch) and, one year later, of Apple employee Jef Raskin's Macintosh. After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs left Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets.
In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd, which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer. He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1 percent until its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, making Jobs Disney's largest individual shareholder at seven percent and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.
In 1996, NeXT was acquired by Apple. The deal brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and provided Apple with the NeXTSTEP codebase, from which the Mac OS X was developed." Jobs was named Apple advisor in 1996, interim CEO in 1997, and CEO from 2000 until his resignation. He oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad and the company's Apple Retail Stores.
In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Though it was initially treated, Jobs reported of a hormone imbalance, underwent a liver transplant in 2009, and appeared progressively thinner as his health declined. In August 2011, during his third medical leave, Jobs resigned as CEO, but continued to work for Apple as Chairman of the Board until his death.
On October 5, 2011, he died in his Palo Alto home, aged 56. His death certificate listed respiratory arrest as the immediate cause of death, with "metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor" as the underlying cause. His occupation was listed as "entrepreneur" in the "high tech" business.
Steve Jobs is a perfect icon for the the modern entrepreneur. A orphan from middle class America living in Silicon Valley becomes a global icon.
"We didn't build Apple to be a company, We started it to make computers for our friends."
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Published October 9, 2013
#1: 78% of U.S. Facebook Users Are Mobile
- Take a look at your Facebook page on your mobile device to see what others are seeing (Public view, not Admin view).
- Since the mobile experience doesn't show your complete timeline, highlight your best content with a pinned post.
- Photos are the best-performing post types on Facebook, so be sure to add colorful, interesting images to all your posts, offers and ads.
- If you have a local business, encourage customers to check in on Facebook at your location (more on that later!). Mobile searchers tend to make local buying decisions (e.g., where to eat, where to shop, etc.). Recommendations and check-ins from mobile users' friends appear first on their mobile devices, making it a fantastic tool for word-of-mouth marketing.
#2: Paid Ads Improve Reach and Post Performance
#3: Negative Feedback Hurts Conversion
- For most post types except links, negative feedback increases when paid ads are used.
- As far as paid posts go, notes are most disliked (hardly anyone uses them anyway), followed by video.
- Although photos are popular on Facebook, not all photos are created equal. As a marketer, you should know exactly what your audience's preferences are by posting photos they will enjoy, like and share. If you're not sure, do some A/B split tests with various images to find out.
- The 'Question' is king—You can't go wrong with asking questions on Facebook. At best you'll get lots of responses, and at the very worst you'll get little or no negative feedback.
- Surprisingly, Facebook Offers generate less negative feedback than links! That's because everyone likes a good deal, even if it 'interrupts' your news feed through an ad.
- The best thing to do is mix up your posts. Try both paid and unpaid versions of the same post type. At the end of the day, only your Page Insights can tell you what will work for you and what will not.
#4: Facebook Hashtags Are NOT Working
#5: And the Highest CTR Goes to… Sponsored Check-in Stories!
Monday, October 7, 2013