8 Success Lessons Richard Branson Didn’t Learn in Business School

Lead from Within

For Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, the path to success was not the conventional one. He went on to build eight separate billion-dollar companies in eight different industries, but business school was difficult–especially because he suffered from an acute combination of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. But Branson has made a career of taking risks and daring to enter uncharted seas. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

Burn the Business Plan

Leading Blog

I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm.

59 of the Best Quotes for Entrepreneurial Success

Lead from Within

Being an entrepreneur means you are willing to take the less traveled path, embrace ambiguity, and take on challenges, but it’s not an easy path, even if you feel you are all ready, geared up, and excited. I have assembled 59 of the best quotes I can find-words that I feel every entrepreneur should live by if they want to succeed. There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.

The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

Harvard Business Review

There’s an old story about a tourist who asks a New Yorker how to get to the storied concert venue Carnegie Hall and is told, “Practice, practice, practice.” ” Our research also pointed to six leadership skills where practice was particularly important.

Reading List: Midcareer Crisis Series

Harvard Business Review

HBR recently ran a series on midcareer crises and asked experts to tackle tough questions like: Should you consider a more fulfilling job with a pay cut when you’ve got a mortgage, bills, and college savings to worry about? The good news is we also tend to rebound later in life.

You Can’t Move Up If You’re Stuck in Your Boss’s Shadow

Harvard Business Review

Having a good boss — someone who stands up for you, who buffers you from interoffice politics, and who competently represents your team to the rest of the company — is a wonderful thing. Except when it’s harmful to your career. Am I learning?

Fast Friday: Words of Wisdom from Renato Discenza CEO of Invest.

Roundtable Talk

Skip to content Home Welcome! Renato’s now CEO of Invest Toronto , but at that time was in between gigs and shared with us this jewel that went along the lines of… “Treat your employees like you would want your kids to be treated&#.

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Access to Digital Technology Accelerates Global Gender Equality

Harvard Business Review

Now we have evidence that they are also bringing us closer to workplace equality. Digital fluency is helping to level the playing field between men and women at work. To start, governments should focus on providing women with greater access to broadband internet at an affordable price.

Solving the Sales Talent Shortage

Harvard Business Review

The job was to carry a bag, get a foot in the door, and talk up your offering's features and benefits. Perhaps a formal sales education couldn't add much to that. Product knowledge was unique to a company and therefore handled by internal training. According to the U.S.

Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Harvard Business Review

Most companies make big investments in leadership development, rolling out intensive internal programs for high potentials, sending key leaders off to expensive executive education programs, or hiring personal coaches for those moving into key positions at the top of the company. But in our experience, this traditional approach to leadership development doesn’t serve the needs of companies anymore. To identify leaders, start by looking for people who care deeply.

The Right Way to Off-Board a Departing Employee

Harvard Business Review

How can you oversee the transition in a way that helps you retain that expertise? How far in advance of the employee’s end date do you need to start? And how do you motivate the departing colleague to cooperate? “We learn by doing.”

How Technology Has Affected Wages for the Last 200 Years

Harvard Business Review

We work differently, communicate with each other differently, create differently, and entertain ourselves differently, all thanks to new technology. The remedy, they say, lies in policies to redistribute wealth. Nor could these skills be learned in school.

5 Things Digital CMOs Do Better

Harvard Business Review

If you’re a mid- or late-career marketer, chances are your job today is mostly unrecognizable from what you signed on for. Many marketers are left behind, simply tuned in to the wrong frequencies. For marketing leaders, this has forced some serious soul searching on how to meet these challenges. Last April, I wrote “The Rise of the Digital CMO” to lend some perspective to this exercise. Shift from finding customers to getting found.