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Unemployable Entrepreneur 2013 Year in Review
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Unemployable Entrepreneur is a blog that I launched on June 7th, 2013 with my very first post “Where Are you Riding Your Bike?”.  When I decided to launch a blog six months ago I was fully committed to being different, totally candid, and real, yes real.  I continue to focus on writing about things that interest me, sharing lessons, but most importantly just “keeping...

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This is How I Work
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This is how I work – alright – I will participate – but – with a full disclaimer: I am actually laughing extremely hard at our lameness.  We have now started “blogging at each other” (admit it, that is funny).  I am actually thinking through who I want to ask, won’t be the usual suspects, count on it…now, read this, then I will tell...

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Giving Good Advice
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Giving good advice – simple right – ha – it is hard.  You know what they say, “everyone knows what you should be doing, even if they aren’t”.  More and more I find myself in a position of providing “advice and guidance”.  As I have worked to transition from a “doer” to a “leader”, I increasingly find myself giving good advice to great leaders....

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Transitioning from Doer to Leader
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Transitioning from doer to leader – get ready, it is really hard.  As with most things in life, this one has a bit of comedy in it, most of the time, not always, leadership opportunities present themselves because you are “doing” a great job, then you start leading and find out, “leading” is not the same as “doing”.  If you read my blog on...

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Employee Turnover : Driving Reasons
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Employee turnover – does your business suck?  Well, maybe, maybe not.  What are the driving reasons for employee turnover.  Culture, culture, culture.  As a leader I am constantly challenging myself and my team to be better and I’m smart enough to know that better = people.  An organization’s ability to recruit and retain the right people is often the difference between success and failure....

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Google Innovation : 9 Principles
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Google innovation, 9 principles that we can all learn from.  As an entrepreneur December is always that month of reflection.  What is going right, what is going wrong, how does Google keep doing things that blow my mind?  Sure it is time to workout to get rid of that turkey dinner, and it is time to carry down the Christmas lights from the attic,...

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Scaling a Business is Hard
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Scaling a business is hard.  It is suppose to be hard.  As I have shared in previous writings I am busy studying how businesses, specifically technology businesses, scale to become large transformational businesses.  Why is it so hard to scale a large business?  I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this very question.  Is it team, is it idea, is it market size,...

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Startup Grind: Allen Nance @ATLTechVillage
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. They host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.  I had the opportunity to participate recently in a Startup Grind Atlanta event.  I...

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Product Love : It Just Feels Good
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Product love, it just feels good.  You know that feeling, when you see a product (technology or otherwise) and it puts a smile on your face.  This product love translates into a bunch of feelings: pride, safety, trust, excitement, and yes a big fat smile.  If you have followed my blog or my career you know, I am a sales and marketing guy.  You...

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Blind Spot Feedback from Team Members
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Blind spot feedback from team members is vital to a leaders success.  Have you heard the saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know”.  Bottom line, you can sit around and think you have a beat on what is happening in your organization or you can take its PULSE.  Last year as WhatCounts continued to grow I started realizing that my traditional informal methods...

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What is the Power of Sharing your Dreams?
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What is the power of sharing your dreams? Has this ever happened to you?  Someone reaches out to you and says they have an amazing idea they would like to get your feedback on, and then they say, can you sign this NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement)?  An NDA is basically a worthless piece of paper that says, if I show you mine and you show...

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Real Success: Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs
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First things first, David Cummings, thank you.  Each time I swing through the Atlanta Tech Village I’m more impressed and leave energized.  So today I sponsored the #StartupChowDown, or as I call it “a PPC campaign”.  One of the stated goals for Atlanta Tech Village is to “help” create 10,000 jobs.  Bold goal, impressive, and certainly part of my personal obsession of #GoBig.  Part...

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