Week In Review – Jan 10 – Jan 16, 2009

by Magesh Tarala on January 17, 2010

Do you have a rock star culture in your organization?

by Himansh Jhamb, Jan 11, 2010

In a world where heroes are worshiped, superheroes idolized and rock stars treated as gods, somehow it gets lost upon us that the true power lies in high performance teams and not just embodied in one person, however good that person might be. Learn to recognize and deal with “Rock Star Culture” in your organization. Yes, Rock Stars are valuable to your team, but ultimately what matters is that you need to have a Rocking TEAM! more…

BLOGTASTIC!: The value of quality readers

by Rajesh Setty, Jan 11, 2010

Quality readers are discerning readers. They recognize value and don’t stay around if they don’t see it. So, provide valuable content on your blog. It is easy to start a blog on any topic. Pick one and you will see hundreds, if not thousands of blogs on the topic. If you don’t provide decent ROI to quality readers, they will find an alternative to your blog. Remember, It is not the quantity but quality that matters. more…

Portfolio Management – A Case Study

by Sanjai Marimadaiah, Jan 12, 2010

For any business leader, Portfolio Management is a critical activity. This article offers a bird’s eye view of Rajesh Setty’s (mentor of Active Garage) portfolio of companies. Sanjai explains the concepts of value-net and AIDA Model using Rajesh’s portfolio as a case study. more…

BLOGTASTIC!: Influencing the influencers will produce huge leverage

by Rajesh Setty, Jan 12, 2010

Don’t just be focused on increasing the traffic to your blog. Pay attention to building quality readership to your blog. When a powerful person recommends your blog, you will get a lot more readers. For those powerful people to read your blog, you need to provide a high ROII, because spending time in the wrong places will have a substantial opportunity cost for them. more…

Appraisals for Results

by Guy Ralfe, Jan 13, 2010

This is the time of the year when most companies go through the annual review and appraisal cycle. This process supports the survival approach to objectives, not the fostering, growing and building produced through teaching someone how to do something. In this article, Guy argus that instead of this being an annual affair, we will see better all round results if it is done on a quarterly basis. Appraisals on shorter timeframes help build and foster the individual’s dignity.  more…

BLOGTASTIC!: Care passionately about your readers

by Rajesh Setty, Jan 13, 2010

The business of blogging is different from all other businesses, because your readers may not pay you money. You may never see or know your them and further more, some of them may not even identify themselves as your customers. But they pay you with the most valuable commodity that is always in short supply – Time and attention. So, take passionately take care of your readers. Always remember that caring is a two-way street, on or off the blog. more…

What Are You Waiting For?

by Robert Driscoll, Jan 14, 2010

We all know the state of the economy very well. The days of working for one company for your entire career and the company taking care of your retirement is long gone. Big business continues to squeeze more perks out of their employees to cut expenses. You may be thankful that you have a job and suck it up or you can make a change. So ask yourself, “Am I happy?” or, “Is my career/job fulfilling?” If not, then what are you waiting for to change it? more…

BLOGTASTIC!: Set aside time for your blog fans

by Rajesh Setty, Jan 14, 2010

When you give a public speech, people will come up to you at the end of the talk to ask questions and share their experience. Blogging is no different. Your readers will post their comment and expect feedback. Understand that blogging is much more than a broadcasting station for one-way communication – it is a place for mutual and group conversation. Make sure to set aside time for responding to comments on your blog. more…

Author’s Journey #4 – How to research your book’s competition

by Roger Parker, Jan 15, 2009

Your books should serve your intended reader’s needs instead of your interests or your ego. And, no publisher wants to publish a book that covers the same ground existing books cover. So, it is extremely important to evaluate current competition. In this article Roger describes how to locate competing titles and visually position your book with respect to the competing books. This two step process helped him identify his next book! more…

BLOGTASTIC!: Get used to the critics

by Rajesh Setty, Jan 15, 2010

You cannot please everybody. What’s pure gold for someone will be absolute trash for someone else. There will be people who disagree with you. So, get used to critics. But there are different types of critics. Some of them are perpetual critics who love to point out real and perceived faults. But some critics provide valuable feedback. Be discerning to learn from well-qualified critics which will help you improve your work. Learn not to take to heart criticism from people with questionable intent. Remember that criticisms from such readers may not hurt you, but your response to them could. more…

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