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A lot of this list from Inc. leans pretty far into get off my lawn territory, but the main point is sound: Don’t assume someone is good at social media just because they weren’t alive during the Reagan administration.

6.  They may not understand your business.  You are handing the keys to your social media kingdom to a newcomer, but there’s plenty that they need to understand beyond the social tools themselves. What are the nuances of your products or services? What makes you stand out in the marketplace? What are the typical expectations of your customers? How do you troubleshoot issues or cajole customers into working a bit more with you? What does your company stand for? No new hire will be able to absorb these issues overnight, of course–but a brand-new graduate will have an even steeper learning curve.

I talk to a lot of contractors who put their kid in charge of their social media, or who say that they have a “young guy perfect for this stuff.”

We address this in our July cover story on how to build your social media team.

 

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August 14th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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The definition of an entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

The above is a quote from Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson. He’s quoted in “Breakthrough Entrepreneurship” by Jon Burgstone and Bill Murphy Jr.

It came to me via Inc., and I think is a great way to describe the perspective of many small business owners. They aren’t all hard-charging, and they aren’t all smooth salesmen. But to a person, they all have a desire to make something and do whatever it takes to get there, regardless of what the current reality affords them.

Here’s Burgstone on the way entrepreneurs think:

Every time you want to make any important decision, there are two possible courses of action. You can look at the array of choices that present themselves, pick the best available option and try to make it fit. Or, you can do what the true entrepreneur does: Figure out the best conceivable option and then make it available.

You can read the full article here.

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January 31st, 2012 at 12:52 pm