Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Employees

Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Employees

When you think of the perfect hire, you don’t often think of an entrepreneur. It seems counterintuitive to add an entrepreneur to your staff since an entrepreneur by definition is someone who typically works outside of the traditional workplace domain. However, some...
Cultivating Leadership

Cultivating Leadership

I’ve worked with a whole lot of different financial firms in my years, including Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and Alex Brown.  Yet when I started Ascendant Capital, it wasn’t like anything I had done at that point.  I had taken leadership positions before, but starting...
Habits Killing Innovation

Habits Killing Innovation

When a company gets bigger, they develop excellent execution habits that manage and improve successful business models and value propositions.  However, it’s important to not let these habits get in the way of innovation.  Think of Kodak: Kodak dominated the camera...
Talking to the Customer

Talking to the Customer

Without the customer, there is no business.  That’s why it’s important to not let them be forgotten.  One of the best ways to keep the customer involved in a positive manner is to facilitate customer communication.  Here are three things you need to tell every...
Top Productivity Killers

Top Productivity Killers

Between meetings, interruptions and water cooler talk, it can often be tough to focus when you’re in the office.  Many employees have said that they get more done when working out of the office.  Most employees want to be productive at work, but all sorts distractions...