I’m currently gathering a comprehensive list of online and traditional resources for the site. Please check back periodically, as I will continue to update the resources as time progresses. Of note, all the links work, some didn’t come through in blue.
Here’s a list of some resources that may help you in getting your business up and running:
Here’s an interesting report by the Kaufmann Foundation on entrepreneurial activity in the U.S.
The Department of State for the state you live in will provide information on registering requirements for where you live.
The major consulting firms issue regular articles on their research which, to a great deal, reflects the state of the market thinking. McKinsey & Company tends to resonate the most with my professional interests, but you’ll find interesting ideas, insights, and practices on all of the sites:
When you’re looking for market information on specific segments, a great place to start is with the big market research companies. You’ll be amazed at what you can glean from their websites and report summaries that will help point you in the right direction with your market research.
Professional associations can be a wonderful source of market information. Here are some I’ve recently referenced…
American Psychological Association – Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.
The Radio Ear Network is a resource for authors and new entrepreneurs. They were kind enough to broadcast an interview with me shortly after publishing my book. The internet radio station has more than 10 million listeners in approximately 120 countries around the world.
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, I highly recommend following the blog, Multiple Facets, by Sanjaya Gunasena. Sanjaya’s blogs are wonderfully mindful.
Short Reading List of Possible Interest:
“Primal Leadership, Learning To Lead With Emotional Intelligence”, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2002.
Some of my clients think this is a bit of a dry read, but I believe it is the finest book on leadership competencies ever written. If you have some time and are interested in a fascinating and entertaining discussion by Dr. Daniel Goleman on the role of Emotional Intelligence in business and our lives, you can watch his presentation at Google University.
“Leadership On The Line, Staying Alive Through The Dangers Of Leading”, Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2002.
These two gentlemen really saw the dynamics of today’s business environment coming nearly a decade ago. Their identification of the difference between the historical need for technical change and today’s requirement for adaptive change is absolutely dead-on. The book provides a powerful perspective on the decisions we all must make as small business leaders in today’s highly volatile global markets.
“Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions”, Dan Ariely, Harper Collins, New York, NY, 2008.
A wonderfully accessible introduction into the world of Applied Behavioral Economics. Dan Ariely introduces you to his research with a deft, humorous touch. Dr. Ariely demonstrates the role emotions play in economic decision making that will help any entrepreneur position, price, and communicate their value proposition more effectively. I also highly recommend his lecture on @Google on YouTube.
“Churchill On Leadership, Executive Success In The Face Of Adversity”, Steven F. Hayward, Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1997.
A fun read for those of us who love Churchill’s wit and use of language. Mr. Hayward combs through the archives to examine how Churchill executed the various aspects of leading through very difficult times. The book explores Churchill’s approach to managing people as well as himself, organization, decision making, communications, and innovation. Pragmatic, proven, and fun!
“The Transformational Entrepreneur, Engaging The Mind, Heart, & Spirit For Breakthrough Business Success”, Terry Murray, Performance Transformation, Venice, FL 2011.
Come on, I had to recommend my own book, didn’t I? Seriously, though, I do think it is an interesting read for entrepreneurs who see the world, their business, and themselves, from a more consciously broad perspective. The step-by-step approach for aligning leadership, strategy, and culture accelerates success. The fact that I’ve seen it work in different businesses, both large and startup, as well as different markets, validates the approach.