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11 Tips for a Start-up Business with Very Little Cash

You have a new start-up and you couldn’t be more excited. You know you’ve got a winning idea and you’re certain customers will love it. There’s just one problem, and it’s a doozie: lack of funding. Yes, even in the best of times it can be hard for cash-strapped entrepreneurs to pay for what they need. But now, with a sluggish economy and tough restrictions on who can get credit, your frustration is threatening to overwhelm your passion. More and more you’re starting to wonder, Should I just cut my losses and throw in the towel now?

Not so fast, says Michael Houlihan. While you do need some money to get started, you can seriously reduce the amount if you take advantage of some key bootstrapping strategies. It was the use of these very strategies that enabled him and his business partner, Bonnie Harvey, to found and grow Barefoot Cellars, the company that transformed the image of American wine from staid and unimaginative to fun, lighthearted, and hip.

“Trust me, I know what it’s like to try to start a business when you’re basically broke,” says Houlihan, coauthor along with Harvey of The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestselling Wine (coming in February 2013 from Evolve Publishing,www.thebarefootspirit.com). “Bonnie and I were originally so strapped for cash that when we began making our wine in the mid-’80s, our administrative office was the laundry room of a rented farmhouse in Sonoma County, California. But despite our humble surroundings and shallow bank account, we were determined to find a way to make our dream a reality.”

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How to Detect & Protect Against Workplace Bullying

By Rakesh Malhotra

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States.

Some real-life examples:

Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt as if I was sinking in quicksand.”

A male employee at a different company: “The misery took over my whole life. I turned nasty and bitter and treated my wife and kids like whipping posts. After many visits to a psychologist, I was able to think of all the positive things in my life. Now I look back and think I wouldn’t want to go through that experience again.”

In general, there are no legal repercussions for non-physical bullying except in specific cases, such as sexual harassment. In fact, bullying is a character trait that tends to be condoned in American society. Consider our national obsession — football. The object of this celebrated game is to get the ball to the other player’s goal, no matter what it takes: trampling, hitting, pushing, screaming. If football is a metaphor for American society, then the winner is the person who pushes others out of the way and wins no matter the cost.

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Are you an at-risk leader?

Last week, leadership authority Roxana (Roxi) Bahar Hewertson noted the five things that great leaders do.

“While there is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when asking yourself ‘how am I doing?’, it’s prudent to specifically focus on your attitudes and behaviors,”  said Hewertson.  “These are the biggest differentiators between great leaders and failing leaders because they demonstrate the four core emotional intelligence metrics: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. These four factors are directly correlated with attitudes and behaviors that work for you or against those in a leadership role.”

As an expert who helps emerging and entrenched leaders excel, below Hewertson detail 5 failing behaviors and attitudes that show up consistently in leaders who succeed, and those who fail.

***5 THINGS *FAILING* LEADERS DO***

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Are you a great leader?

Are you a GREAT leader or an “AT RISK” failing leader? How do you know? What would your staffers say? What would your own supervisor say?

“While there is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when asking yourself ‘how am I doing?’, it’s prudent to specifically focus on your attitudes and behaviors,” notes leadership authority Roxi Hewertson, President & CEO of the Highland Consulting Group.  “These are the biggest differentiators between great leaders and failing leaders because they demonstrate the four core emotional intelligence metrics: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. These four factors are directly correlated with attitudes and behaviors that work for you or against those in a leadership role.”

As an expert who helps emerging and entrenched leaders excel, below Hewertson details 5 winning and 5 failing behaviors and attitudes that show up consistently in leaders who succeed, and those who fail.

***5 THINGS *GREAT* LEADERS DO***

–Read/understand own emotions and recognize the impact on self and others

It all begins with the amount of emotional self-awareness you demonstrate, which others around you use as a cue. By developing an accurate view of, and aptly managing, your own emotional responses to situations—and the ways in which you impact others’—the rest of your skills and talents will be duly magnified and leveraged. Great leaders know what pushes their buttons. They know where their passions lie. They know how to manage themselves and others in times of high stakes emotion, crisis, conflict, and when backs are to the wall. Great leaders know their impact on others matters regardless of intent. Great leaders also pay close attention to their impact, regularly seeking feedback so they may recover gracefully when their impact and intent are not in synch.

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