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Successful Entrepreneur / Qualities of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:03:59 PM »
Qualities of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Let’s begin with a question: like successful leaders, are successful entrepreneurs born or developed?

Entrepreneurs are some of the most multiverse, multi-talented and diverse people out there. A successful entrepreneur puts on many different hats at the same time – he’s a project manager, a risk-taker, an accountant, a marketer, a salesman… and in many cases, he’s also a human-resource manager, a supply-chain manager, a customer-service and PR manager, and much more!

There are many different ways to define an ‘entrepreneur’, however I’d go with this one from BusinessDictionary which says: “[An entrepreneur is] someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced.”

A few very important keywords in there, such as ‘exercising initiative’, ‘organize a venture’, ‘taking benefit of an opportunity’, and ‘decision maker’ – all terms that aptly describe some of the qualities any successful entrepreneur out there!

The truth is that entrepreneurs need to have a certain set of qualities in order to be successful. These include some of the ones mentioned above, such as someone who takes initiative, takes advantage of any opportunity, and is a good decision maker. They also need to have certain other qualities and characteristics as well, what those are we shall now see.

Successful entrepreneurs are ambitious.
And how could they not be – you have to have ambition (and bucket loads of it!) in order to be a successful entrepreneur. Indeed, one of the qualities all entrepreneurs have (or one they need to have), is ambition. This means that they actively seek out problems, and have the ambition to fix them. Doing so comes to them as a habit; it is their state-of-mind. Everyone doesn’t have this ambition, and this is one quality that defines an entrepreneur.

Successful entrepreneurs proactively find and seek-out opportunities.
One of the thing that defines an entrepreneur is his/her ability to search for potential opportunities. Because that is what being an entrepreneur is all about: finding potential problems and opportunities, and providing real, tangible solutions to these problems. Identifying or discovering an opportunity comes naturally to them, and it is actually a big part of being an entrepreneur in the first place. This excellent article elaborates this very point in a better manner than I ever could, worth a read!

Successful entrepreneurs are focused, goal-oriented, disciplined, well-organized and meticulous.
Getting a business running from the ground-up isn’t easy, and understandably so. The fact is that a small percentage of startups go on to survive beyond the first year and become big businesses, and hence a small number of entrepreneurs really go on and make it big. Those who do have the discipline to follow their game-plan, and work on achieving their short-term and long-term goals and objectives. They are focused on ensuring that their businesses work. They are focused towards the achievement of their goals.

Successful entrepreneurs are hard workers who love what they do.

Successful businessmen love what they do. To them, work isn’t simply ‘work’, it’s their life! Successful entrepreneurs never look at it as their day-jobs their ‘9 to 5’s’ or ‘something that they do in the day’, their business is their life and they work extremely hard to accomplish their goals. That doesn’t mean that they are workaholics or are married to their jobs – they set boundaries, and know how to work hard and work smart! Personally, I am a strong believer in hard-work, in fact I believe hard-work almost always trumps natural talent and ability, and doing what you love to do will provide you with that extra bit of motivation and impetus to work hard and give it your all!

Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks.

Good entrepreneurs don’t fear taking risks, they take them on head-on. They have to take risks every day – it is part of running a business. The thing though about taking risks is that successful entrepreneurs take calculated risks, not foolish ones. This means that they weigh the pros and cons, of every decision that they face, take the advantages and disadvantages of every move into consideration, look at all possible outcomes and make a calculated and informed decision taking everything into consideration. Taking risks is part of the game, however taking calculated risks brings about a positive outcome most of the time, and when it doesn’t…

Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid to make mistakes, and face failure.
In fact, they understand that it’s all a part of the game, and they use each and every failure and every mistake that they make as a learning experience. You’d be hard-pressed to find even a single entrepreneur who hasn’t made a bucketload of mistakes! The cold, hard truth is that every entrepreneur will end up making mistakes – some small and some big – and will fail numerous times. But each of these incidents will be a learning experience for a successful entrepreneur, and each of these instances will be an opportunity of him/her to emerge better and stronger. To quote Michael Dell: “Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.”

Successful entrepreneurs have a knack for innovation and creativity.
Successful entrepreneurs can usually be identified by their ambition to innovate – this involves developing new ideas, methods, processes, products, services, and above all, new solutions that meet new requirements and provide more value to stakeholders. A successful entrepreneur strives to bring about positive change around him or her, and hence is an excellent, natural innovator. Besides, a large part of being successful in business relies upon improvement and positive change, and all good entrepreneurs have the vision to be creative and innovative in order to bring about this sort of change and improvement.

Successful entrepreneurs know what it takes to be successful.
They challenge themselves to learn more and do more. They understand that all businesses are affected by certain internal and external factors – some of which are out of their control or beyond their abilities. They understand these limitations, and either build their own capacity so that they can get what they need, or work with people with different expertise and experience in order to overcome these barriers.

Successful entrepreneurs have excellent role models.

These role models are people that they aspire to be, people that they look up to, and people who provide them with inspiration and the guidance that they need to be successful. A role-model could be anyone – such as someone from within your social circles, friends or family, or a famous personality who they look up to (Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Richard Branson, Bill Gates all come to mind here and are just a few examples). Having a role-model, especially if he or she is your mentor too, can really take an entrepreneur to unprecedented heights of success, make him truly unstoppable!

Successful entrepreneurs are leaders.
That is perhaps the simplest way to put it: successful entrepreneurs are natural leaders, and possess many leadership qualities. They are good at managing all aspects of their professional and personal lives. They have the ability to make big decisions, and the right decisions. They can provide guidance and good opinions to others. They have good communication skills. They are people-oriented, and can get a group of people to work towards the attainment of a common goal while getting the best out of them. They are respected by their peers. They are self-motivated. Successful entrpenreurs are competitive. Above all, they put the accomplishment of their goals above everything and anything else, even if it requires them to do something that displeases them.


Success / 21 Ways to Overcome Networking Awkwardness
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:57:55 PM »
21 Ways to Overcome Networking Awkwardness

For many people, the thought of going to a networking event is akin to getting a tooth pulled. They know they have to do it, but the prospect of standing around in a room full of strangers, feeling awkward and making small talk, is a nightmare.

Of course the problem is that networking is a major part of growing a business. You need to meet new people, expand your contacts, and be actively prepared to go and chase business.

For those who struggle, or perhaps simply want to get better, at networking, here are 21 tips that have helped me not only get better at it but also enjoy it.

1. Do your homework

Find out who is going to be at an event and make sure they are the kind of people that could be prospective customers for you. Network with intent.

2. Don't arrive too early

I don't like to get there too early, when there are only a few people standing around. It is a little awkward, and the conversation is always distracted as new people arrive.

3. Don't judge a book by its cover

Keep an open mind when it comes to meeting people. Don't fall into the habit of assuming anything about anyone simply on the basis of his or her look.

4. You are not going to an execution, so remember to smile

Often people at networking events forget to smile (they are generally the people who don't like networking). Remember to smile often and smile sincerely.

5. Read today's newspaper

I always take some time to read the local newspaper before an event to find five or six current topics I can bring into a conversation. Asking people their opinion is a great way to get the conversation flowing.

6. Don't just hang out with people you know

This is the single biggest mistake: We find someone we know and we clutch onto the person for the entire event. Move around the room, introduce yourself, and meet new people. Sure, it is a little challenging, but the more you do it the easier it becomes.

7. Learn to ask open-ended questions

Ask better questions and you get better answers--avoid questions that can be answered with a yes or a no.

8. Drinking does not make you more networkable

I hate to break the bad news, but hitting the sauce at a networking event is really not cool. We all know the people that do, and they are the ones eroding their credibility with every drink. Sure, a drink or two is part of networking, but slamming back tequila shots at the bar is not ideal.

9. Take plenty of business cards and don't be stingy

I'm amazed at how many people go to a networking event without business cards. Take plenty and dish them out. I have two versions--one with my mobile number on it and one without. I don't necessarily want everyone to have my direct contact number.

10. Always have a pen

I write down notes on the back of business cards after I meet a person. I don't do it in front of the person--that's a little rude--but afterward: what action to take, what potential there is to do business, etc.

11. Wear something distinctive

This helps people remember you--and it makes you stand out from the crowd.

12. Hang out near the food

People are always much more relaxed near the food, sharing guilty treats and laughing while they do it. This is the perfect place to meet people (and carrying extra napkins can make you very popular).

13. Look for groups of people rather than individuals

It can be easier to sidle up to a group that is in a discussion than it can be to approach an individual. Approach a group and someone will hold out a hand to introduce himself.

14. Enlist the aid of others to introduce you

If you want to meet someone in particular, find a friend who knows the person and ask your friend to do a personal introduction.

15. Offer a compliment and be sincere when you do it

We all like someone to say something nice to us--but make it genuine. It might be something someone is wearing, something you may have heard about the person, her business, or even her industry.

16. Focus on the person in front of you

One of my biggest pet peeves is a conversation in which the person you are talking to keeps looking at everyone else (or his phone)--totally distracted from what you are saying. Don't be that person. If the person in front of you is not your target market, politely excuse yourself.

17. Go with a specific outcome in mind

Set a specific objective for the networking event--for example, "I'm going to meet five prospective new clients tonight."

18. Use the other person's name in conversation to help you remember him

When you first meet someone, use his name straight away and keep using it in the conversation.

19. Be enthusiastic about your business when asked

When people ask you what you do, be excited and passionate about it. It you aren't, don't expect anyone else to be.

20. Thank the hosts of the event on your way out

Always find who is in charge of the event and make a point of personally thanking her before you leave.

21. Fast follow-up gets the best results

The best networks are the people who actually work at networking. By this I mean they meet people, they take notes, they follow up the next day, they build relationships--they get the business.

12 Hot Business Lessons From Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

With more than 21,000 stores in 65 countries, Starbucks is one of the fastest-growing companies in America. The company skyrocketed from 425 stores in 1994 to 19,767 by 2013. And there's no reason to believe it has any plans of slowing down. So how exactly did the brand experience such phenomenal growth?

Here are 12 of the most important lessons we can learn from Starbucks and its fearless leader, Howard Schultz.

1. Have a Mission
Starbucks has one simple mission: To inspire and nurture the human spirit--one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

That mission statement has served the company for more than four decades, because Starbucks is more than just a coffeehouse. It's become an escape for anyone needing a break from the daily grind. It's become a centralized meeting location for friends to catch up and business people to have meetings.

Starbucks wanted to provide people--no matter their age, profession, or location--with a unique experience: the coffeehouse as a place to relax, work, and socialize.

2. Ask Your Customers Questions
If you've ever been to a Starbucks that's not your regular location, you may have noticed that employees will sometimes ask what you're looking for. This is a simple and effective technique when it comes to customer service--and one that marketers should utilize.

When you know what your customers are looking for, you can assist them with making a final decision.

3. Know Your Customers and Employees

Speaking of knowing your customers, if you're a regular at Starbucks, then you are aware that your favorite barista knows your name and order. This little personal touch is important, because giving customers a memorable, personal experience is one of the most important triggers that can be used to make them happy.

Also, know your employees. You never know what they can bring to the table. The signature Frappuccino, for example, was invented by a Starbucks line employee named Dina Campion.

4. Be Innovative
Starbucks does its best to remain true to its roots, but the company is also extremely innovative. For example, realizing that customers wanted to spend more time at its locations, Starbucks began offering free Wi-Fi in 2010. Realizing that customers wanted its products at home, Starbucks has embraced instant coffee with the Via instant-coffee brand and single-serve brewing systems with its Verismo machines. The company even allows customers to pay for products with an iPhone app and was one of the first companies to go mobile.

So keep in mind that while it's important to stay true to your roots, it's also important to be adaptable and welcome change.

5. Take Responsibility
Has your order ever been wrong at Starbucks? If so, what happened? You received your correct order without any question. Employees are trained to deliver the best experience possible for their customers--every time. That means taking responsibility for any slip-ups.

We all make mistakes. What makes the difference, however, is owning up to those mistakes and addressing them in a professional and timely manner.

6. Go Against the Grain
You've probably noticed there's a Starbucks on just about every corner. Starbucks has done this intentionally, through clustering. Instead of focusing on traffic patterns, the location of competition, or even demographics, Starbucks blankets entire areas. While there were fears that this would lead to self-cannibalization, this unorthodox move has helped the company dominate the market by blocking out the competition.

Sometimes you just have to go against the grain and do something that other companies aren't doing. It may be risky, but it can be beneficial for your company.

7. Embrace Social Media
Most of us are aware that social media has a big role to play in the promotion and marketing of a company, but how can you perfect your social media presence? Starbucks has used Instagram to tell its brand story. The image-based social network has been used by the company not only to showcase products, but also to capture the brand's message of passion by sharing images of customers enjoying life or creating clever images.

Having a presence on social media is vital, but the most important thing is finding the right platform for your brand and making sure to engage with your audience.

8. Everything Matters
Sweat the small stuff. Pay attention to every detail. Why? Because everything matters.

When accountants informed the company that it could save money by switching from two-ply to one-ply toilet paper, the idea was rejected. Starbucks felt that having one-ply toilet paper wouldn't jibe with the brand's image as "affordable luxury" and make a $4 cup of coffee hard to justify.

9. Choose the Right Partners
Over the years Starbucks has entered a number of partnerships to help expand its business. For example, the company partnered with Barnes & Noble in 1993 to serve its products at the bookstores nationwide. What goes better with a book than a cup of good coffee?

A more recent partnership has been forged with Apple. Since 2006 Starbucks and Apple have worked together to provide customers with a "coffeehouse experience." This partnership allowed people to purchase songs on iTunes that they heard in Starbucks.

The company also works with a number of organizations that help serve and advance communities. These include the American Red Cross, Global Green USA, and Save the Children.

Whether you team up with complementary businesses or nonprofits, doing so is a great way to introduce your brand to new markets effectively and quickly.

10. Be Consistent

Consistency is one of the best ways to create loyal customers. If you deliver top-notch customer service and quality products or services, people will always expect that from your company. Starbucks has done an excellent job of offering customers consistent products and services. If you walk into a Starbucks to order a mocha latte, you can expect exactly the same product in New York City as in Seattle.

11. Fit In With the Region
While having a consistent product is important, Starbucks also does a great job of fitting in with the local environment. This means that while you can expect the same latte from coast to coast, each location will vary depending on the region. For example, a Starbucks at Disney California Adventure looks completely different from one in San Francisco or Philadelphia. As Mark Tewart points out, Starbucks gives the impression that it's more of a local or regional brand than a national brand--which meshes perfectly with the brand's mission statement.

12. Have the Right Leaders
It's hard to believe now, but back in 2007 Starbucks was in trouble. As chairman, Howard Schultz noted then that the company had lost its way. "The pursuit of profit became our reason for being, and that's not the reason that Starbucks is in business. We're in the business of exceeding the expectations of our customers."

So what did Schultz do? He took 10,000 managers to New Orleans for a four-day conference to help inspire and challenge employees. The result? All 10,000 left the conference on "a tidal wave of energy." By 2013, Starbucks was reporting record profits.

Having the right leader(s) to rally the troops is another proven tactic in every successful business.


Successful Entrepreneur / 9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:22:30 PM »
Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs

Good entrepreneurs make money. Great entrepreneurs make serious money.

But remarkable entrepreneurs do more than make money. They are the few who possess qualities that don't appear on balance sheets but do make a significant impact on the lives of their employees, industries, and communities.

Here are nine qualities of remarkable entrepreneurs:

1. They find happiness in the success of others.

Great business teams win because their most talented members are willing to sacrifice to make others happy. Great teams are made up of employees who help each other, know their roles, set aside personal goals, and value team success over everything else.

Where does that attitude come from?


Every great entrepreneur answers the question, "Can you make the choice that your happiness will come from the success of others?" with a resounding "Yes!"

2. They relentlessly seek new experiences.

Novelty seeking—getting bored easily and throwing yourself into new pursuits or activities - is often linked to gambling, drug abuse, attention deficit disorder, and leaping out of perfectly good airplanes without a parachute.

But, according to Dr. Robert Cloninger, "Novelty seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age... if you combine adventurousness and curiosity with persistence and a sense that it's not all about you, then you get the creativity that benefits society as a whole."

As Cloninger says, "To succeed, you want to be able to regulate your impulses while also having the imagination to see what the future would be like if you tried something new."

Sounds like every successful entrepreneur I know.

So go ahead - embrace your inner novelty seeker. You'll be healthier, you'll have more friends, and you'll be generally more satisfied with life.

3. They don't think work/life balance; they just think life.

Symbolic work-life boundaries are almost impossible to maintain. Why? You are your business. Your business is your life, just like your life is your business - which is also true for family, friends, and interests—so there is no separation, because all those things make you who you are.

Remarkable entrepreneurs find ways to include family instead of ways to exclude work. They find ways to include interests, hobbies, passions, and personal values in their daily business lives.

If you can't, you're not living—you're just working.

4. They're incredibly empathetic.

Unless you create something entirely new—which is very hard to do—your business is based on fulfilling an existing need or solving a problem.

It's impossible to identify a need or a problem without the ability to put yourself in another person's shoes; that's the mark of a successful entrepreneur.

But remarkable entrepreneurs go a step farther, regularly putting themselves in the shoes of their employees.

Success isn't a line trending upwards. Success is a circle. No matter how high your business—and your ego—soars, success still comes back to your employees.

5. They have something to prove - to themselves.

Many people have a burning desire to prove other people wrong. That's a great motivator.

Remarkable entrepreneurs are driven by something deeper and more personal. True drive, commitment, and dedication springs from a desire to prove something to the most important person of all.


6. They ignore the 40-hour workweek hype.

Studies show that working more than 40 hours a week decreases productivity.


Successful business owners work smarter, sure, but they also outwork their competition. (Every successful business owner I know who reads those stories probably thinks, "Cool. Hopefully my competitors will believe that crap.")

The author Richard North Patterson tells a great story about Robert Kennedy. Kennedy was seeking to indict Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa (who some believe is chilling in Argentina with Elvis and Jim Morrison). One night Kennedy worked on the Hoffa case until about 2 a.m. One his way home he passed the Teamsters building and saw the lights were still on in Hoffa's office, so he turned around and went back to work.

There will always be people who are smarter and more talented than you. Remarkable entrepreneurs want it more. They're ruthless—especially with themselves.

Remarkable entrepreneurs simply work harder. That's the real secret of their success.

7. They see money as a responsibility, not a reward.

Many entrepreneurial cautionary tales involve buying 17 cars, loading up on pricey antiques, importing Christmas trees, and spending $40,000 a year for a personal masseuse.

Wait—maybe that's just ex-Adelphia founder John Rigas.

Remarkable entrepreneurs don't see money solely as a personal reward; they see money as a way to grow the business, reward and develop employees, give back to the community... in short, not just to make their own lives better but to improve the lives of other people too.

And most importantly they do so without fanfare, because the true reward is always in the act, not the recognition.

8. They don't think they're remarkable.

In a world of social media everyone can be their own PR agent. It's incredibly easy for anyone to blow their own horn and bask in the glow of their insight and accomplishments.

Remarkable entrepreneurs don't. They accept their success is based on ambition, persistence, and execution... but they also recognize that key mentors, remarkable employees, and a huge dose of luck also played a part.

Remarkable entrepreneurs reap the rewards of humility, asking questions, seeking advice,  recognizing and praising others...

9. They know that success is fleeting, but dignity and respect last forever.

Providing employees with higher pay, better benefits, and greater opportunities is certainly important. But no level of pay and benefits can overcome damage to self-esteem and self-worth.

The most important thing remarkable entrepreneurs provide employees, customers, vendors - everyone they meet - is dignity.

How to Develop The Characteristics of a Entrepreneur

1 Examine your interests and abilities.

List your areas of interest. What are your hobbies? What would you like to learn? Should you pursue your own business, you'll have more chance of success if you enjoy what you do.
Write down your talents. Make the list extensive, and include abilities you wouldn't normally list on a resume. Expertise in fishing, coin collecting or restoring 1950s-era automobiles are all examples of talents entrepreneurs have transformed into businesses.
Note your personality strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, and get additional opinions from truthful people who know you well. In order to develop entrepreneurial characteristics, it's imperative that you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

2 Challenge yourself to find opportunities.

Evaluate your lists for business potential. What type of businesses could you develop out of your interests and expertise?
Write down all ideas, no matter how unusual. Use your imagination to its full potential. Even an outrageous thought may eventually lead to a feasible business plan.
Think like an entrepreneur. What correlation can you make between your talents and existing businesses in your area? What gaps in their products or services could you fill? What market share could be available?
Brainstorm with others to gain additional insight. Discuss your ideas with entrepreneurial-minded friends or family members. Their input can help you hone your ideas.

3. Seek council from successful entrepreneurs.
Find thriving businesses that relate to your areas of interest. Focus on small companies; small business owners are typically entrepreneurs themselves. They can be easier to contact and more willing to share information than owners of large corporations.
Study those businesses. You can learn from the successes and failures of others on your journey to become an entrepreneur. Visit their Web sites and physical locations. Study their ads and sample their products and services. What are they doing right or wrong? What areas are lacking attention? What could you improve?
Contact a business owner. Explain your interest in their field and request a brief meeting at their convenience. If you're turned down, move on to the next. Be persistent, and you'll find someone willing to share their knowledge.
Prepare your questions before the meeting. What do you really want to know? Consider this person a teacher who can help you think like an entrepreneur. Organize your questions in order of importance so you can respect their time and schedule. If they're willing to meet again, take the opportunity. A mentor can help you navigate unfamiliar territory as you develop the characteristics of an entrepreneur.



নিজের পায়ে দাঁড়াতে সাহায্য করাই উদ্দেশ্য (Self Employment):

বিশ্বের নানা প্রান্ত থেকে মানুষ একত্র হয়েছেন মেক্সিকোর রাজধানী মেক্সিকো সিটিতে। তাঁরা এসেছেন একে অন্যের কাছ থেকে অনুপ্রাণিত হওয়ার আশা নিয়ে। ২৭ নভেম্বর এখানে শুরু হয়েছে ষষ্ঠ বিশ্ব সামাজিক ব্যবসা সম্মেলন। দিনটির সবচেয়ে বড় অর্জন এসেছে দিন শেষে। মেক্সিকোর অর্থ মন্ত্রণালয় দিনটির শেষ পর্যায়ে মেক্সিকো সিটিকে সামাজিক ব্যবসা নগর হিসেবে ঘোষণা করে।
করপোরেট মহাকর্তার পাশাপাশি দুই দিনের এ সম্মেলনে যোগ দিয়েছেন নবীন উদ্যোক্তারা। গবেষকের পাশাপাশি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের অধ্যাপকেরা। দুই দিনে তাঁরা শুনলেন ছোট ছোট উদ্যোগ নিয়ে পরস্পরের অভিজ্ঞতার কথা। সম্পর্ক তৈরি করলেন নিজেদের মধ্যে।

৫০টিরও বেশি দেশ থেকে ৭৫০ ব্যক্তি এ সম্মেলনে অংশ নিতে এসেছেন। ২৫ ও ২৬ নভেম্বর, সম্মেলন শুরুর আগের এই দুটো দিনও নবীন উদ্যোক্তারা বসেছিলেন প্রাক-সম্মেলন বৈঠকে।
সম্মেলন সূচনা করার কথা ছিল মেক্সিকোর প্রেসিডেন্ট এনরিকে পেনা নিয়েতোর। কিন্তু রাজধানীতে যে ছাত্র-অসন্তোষ চলছে, তাতে তিনি বিপাকে রয়েছেন। তাই সম্মেলনে যোগ দিতে পারেননি। তবে শুভেচ্ছা বার্তা পাঠিয়েছেন।
সম্মেলনের সূচনা হয় সকাল সাড়ে নয়টায়। শুরুতে শুভেচ্ছা বক্তব্য দেন মেক্সিকোর জাতীয় উদ্যোক্তা ইনস্টিটিউটের সভাপতি এনরিকে হাকোব রোচা। এরপর মঞ্চে ওঠেন ‘সামাজিক ব্যবসা’ ধারণার অগ্রদূত অধ্যাপক মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস। তিনি তাঁর বক্তব্যে সম্মেলনের মূল সুরটি প্রতিষ্ঠা করেন।
মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস বলেন, এ সম্মেলন এক পারিবারিক পুনর্মিলনী। এখানে সবাই সবার কথা শুনবে। যে পিছিয়ে আছে, তাকে এগিয়ে নেওয়ার চেষ্টা করবে। ফিরে যাওয়ার সময় সবাই শক্তি, বন্ধুত্ব ও কর্মক্ষমতা বহুগুণে বাড়িয়ে নিয়ে যাবে।
সম্মেলনের প্রধান আকর্ষণ ছিল এর মূল বক্তৃতাপর্ব। মূল বক্তৃতা দেন মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস ও মেক্সিকোর অর্থমন্ত্রী ইলদেফনসো গুয়াহার্দো ভিয়াররেয়াল। মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস তাঁর বক্তৃতায় সামাজিক ব্যবসার ধারণা ব্যাখ্যা করে শোনান।
মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস বলেন, সাধারণ ব্যবসায় ভিত্তি ব্যক্তিগত স্বার্থ। সামাজিক ব্যবসায় তা নেই। এর উদ্দেশ্য অন্যদের নিজের পায়ে দাঁড়াতে সাহায্য করা। এ ব্যবসার ছকবাঁধা কোনো নিয়মও নেই। ব্যবসার প্রচলিত ধারণাগুলোকে তা বাদ দেয় না। তাই এর কোনো শত্রু নেই। ব্যবসায় নতুন নতুন ধারণা যুক্ত করতে পারাই বরং এর শক্তি। তিনি বলেন, ‘প্রচলিত ব্যবসায় মুনাফা হয় নিজের। তাতে কত আনন্দ। সামাজিক ব্যবসায় মুনাফা হয় অন্যের। তাতে মহা আনন্দ।’ তিনি বাংলাদেশ, হাইতি, আলবেনিয়া ও কলম্বিয়ায় সামাজিক ব্যবসার বিভিন্ন সাফল্যের তথ্য তুলে ধরেন।
মুহাম্মদ ইউনূসের পরে বক্তৃতা দিতে ওঠেন ইলদেফনসো গুয়াহার্দো। তিনি বলেন, ‘ব্যবসার নতুন নতুন ধারণা জরুরি। তবে তার চেয়ে বেশি জরুরি সেসবের সফল বাস্তবায়ন।’ সমাজের নিচের স্তর থেকে যখন এ সাফল্য আসতে শুরু করবে, তখন সারা পৃথিবী বদলে যাবে বলে তিনি বিশ্বাস করেন। বক্তৃতার মাঝখানে তিনি মেক্সিকোর প্রেসিডেন্টের শুভেচ্ছা বার্তা পড়ে শোনান।
প্যারাগুয়ের একটি তরুণ বাদকদল এরপর মঞ্চে ওঠে। তাদের সামাজিক ব্যবসার বিষয় বর্জ্য থেকে বাদ্যযন্ত্র তৈরি করা। বর্জ্য থেকে বানানো বাদ্যযন্ত্রে সুরমূর্ছনা তুলে আসর মাতিয়ে দেয়।
এরপর দিনজুড়ে খণ্ড খণ্ড অধিবেশনে চলে আলোচনা। তাতে সামাজিক ব্যবসার নানা স্তরে যুক্ত ব্যক্তিরা অংশ নেন।[/img]

গ্রামের পর গ্রামের মেঠোপথ ছুটে বেড়ানো। হন্যে হয়ে খুঁজতে থাকেন ধানখেতে ইঁদুরের গর্ত। কৃষকদের ধান কাটা শেষ হলে সেসব গর্তেই শুরু হয় তাঁর খোঁড়াখুঁড়ি। খাঁচাবোঝাই করেন ধানের শিষে।
তাঁর নাম নূরুল ইসলাম (৫৫)। বাড়ি রংপুর নগরের বুড়িরহাট এলাকায়। সেই ছোটবেলা থেকেই বছরের এই সময়টায় ইঁদুরের গর্ত খুঁড়ে ধানের শিষ সংগ্রহ করাই তাঁর কাজ।
বাড়ি থেকে দুই কিলোমিটার দূরে হারাটি গ্রামে ২১ নভেম্বর দেখা মিলল নূরুলের সঙ্গে। কাঁধে বাঁশের তৈরি খাঁচা, ধানের শিষে ভর্তি। বাড়ি ফিরছেন। সঙ্গে আছে একটি শাবল ও বাঁশের লাঠিও। জানালেন, এই শাবল ও লাঠির সাহায্যেই গর্ত খুঁড়ে ধান সংগ্রহ করেন তিনি।

স্ত্রী ও চার ছেলেমেয়ে নিয়ে নূরুলের কষ্টের সংসার। তাঁর দিনমজুরিই সংসারের চাকা সচল রাখার একমাত্র উপায়। নিজের জমি নেই।
সারা বছর দিনমজুরি করে সংসার চালালেও কার্তিক, অগ্রহায়ণ ও পৌষ—এই তিন মাস চষে বেড়ান ধানখেত। খুঁড়ে যা ধান পান, তা বেঁচে টানাটানির সংসার কোনোমতে চলে যায়।
নূরুল ইসলাম প্রবল উৎসাহ নিয়ে আমন মৌসুমের জন্য অপেক্ষা করেন। মৌসুম শুরু হলেই ইঁদুরের গর্তের সন্ধানে নেমে পড়েন, সকাল থেকে বিকেল পর্যন্ত।
এরপর কৃষকেরা ধান কেঁটে ঘরে তোলার পরই শুরু হয় তাঁর আসল কাজ, ইঁদুরের গর্ত খুঁড়ে ধানের শিষ সংগ্রহ। দিনে গড়ে এক থেকে দেড় মণ ধান পান, যার বাজারমূল্য প্রায় ৭০০ টাকা।
নূরুল জানালেন, ইঁদুরের গর্তে হাত দিতে প্রথমে কেউ সাহস পেত না। যদি কোনো পোকামাকড় থাকে! ভয়ে ভয়ে তিনি একদিন হাত ঢোকান। খসখস শব্দ হয়। ভয় পেয়ে যান। তবে জানতেন, এই খসখস শব্দ মানেই ধান রয়েছে গর্তে। কৌতূহলের সেই কাজটিই এখন তাঁর জীবিকার উপায়।
নূরুল বললেন, ‘নিজের জমি নেই। কিন্তু তাতে কী! এভাবে ধান সংগ্রহ করে নতুন ধানের স্বাদও পাই।’
দুই ছেলের বিয়ে দিয়েছেন। তাঁরা থাকেন আলাদা। দুই মেয়ের একজন অষ্টম, আরেকজন পড়ে ষষ্ঠ শ্রেণিতে। নূরুলের স্বপ্ন, তিনি যা-ই করেন, মেয়ে দুটি যেন পড়াশোনা করে বড় হয়।

Successful Entrepreneur / 5 Thoughts that Crush Success
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:20:59 PM »
5 Thoughts that Crush Success

You’ll hear that successful people think differently -- that they are somehow hard-wired for high performance. There's the notion that some entrepreneurs perfectly combine analytical and reasoning skills with optimism, creativity, problem solving and people skills.

But successful people entertain the same kind of negative and self-limiting thoughts that everyone else has. What differs is their identification and reaction to them.

Here's a roundup of thoughts that absolutely limit, kill, crush and smash success. Catch these thoughts as they arise and flip them on their head.

1. "I'm not an expert."
Do you tell yourself over and over again, "I'm not an expert"? No one starts off doing anything as an expert. Expertise is built up over time. You have to make yourself an expert. When considering a project or business, don’t ask if you’re an expert. Rather, ask if you love the subject matter.

If you're passionate about the subject, you’ll do everything you can to soak in as much information as possible.

For most fields of business, two years of intense learning can make you a top expert. The process starts with your accepting that learning experience as a journey. Make sure it’s one that you enjoy and that you want to spend a lot of time on every day. Change this thought into a question, "Where do I find what I need to know?"

2. "It's already been done."
Have you ever told yourself the self-defeating thought "It's already been done." Yes, it's true that some ideas are actually new. The futuristic proton beam that destroys cancer cells without touching other cells comes to mind. But if you’re coming up with an idea for an app, probably similar products already exist.

If you’re already entrenched and working inside a particular industry, you may see your ideas unfold elsewhere in the marketplace and be developed by other people. But that doesn’t matter one bit.

If you know that a lot of people need your product or service, the fact that competitors exist validates your plans. In business, it’s good to be first, but as PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has said, it’s better to be last.

Bringing an idea to life and then executing your plan better than others matters a whole lot more than the uniqueness of your concept. Challenge this thinking by asking, "How can I do this better?"

3. "I don’t know the right people."
You’ve probably had “it’s all whom you know” beaten into your head since birth. It’s true to a certain extent that knowing key people matters. But the problem is that many people accept their current circle of contacts (their colleagues, clients, friends and social media networks) as the limited resource they have to work with.

Using a lack of contacts or connections as an excuse for failure is a self-limiting thought. Tap the contacts you have. But if you don’t know the right people, make it a point to get to the right people. Contrary to what you may have heard, reaching out to the right people can work if you try hard, even if you don’t have a special connection. Turn this thought into “Whom do I have to get to know -- and how?”

4. "You need money to make money."
It’s easy to think that there's some reason that other people are successful -- that it's because they went to better schools or have superior personal skills. Indeed many people point to others' success by noting that they had the money and resources.

It’s easy to use lack of money as an excuse for lack of progress but in many business areas, limited resources can be a blessing.

Lack of resources might prompt you to keep your operations lean and mind fresh and sharpen your focus. You can be extremely successful by being smart about expenses and business planning.

You don’t need money to make money. You just need to come up with the exact cost of your first product, which might be completely free. Think instead, "How can I do things better because my operation is small?"

5. "I always …"
When you run your own business, the lines between your personal and professional life blur. Your personal attributes often dictate the success of your business. When you think about yourself, you often think of what you are now.

But when you think of your business, think of what it could be. The trick is to think of yourself much the way you consider your business -- as a growth vehicle.

When you catch yourself saying, “I always . . .” (such as “I always mess up when I talk in front of people”), know that you’re chiseling that negativity into stone.

It’s your job to expand your definition of yourself. To grow a business, grow yourself first. Bet on your becoming capable of positive change. Remember to consider this: "I'm not who I once was."

Mastering the way you think is the first step toward success in any business. It’s a target that’s always moving and a goal that you may never fully reach. But trying to catch and turn these thoughts around is what drives entrepreneurs forward in their journey.

Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Do you have what it takes to get through hard times? Here are the traits that help home-based business owners thrive.

Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful business people. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don't have all of these characteristics, don't fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to reach those goals in incremental and measurable stages

The Home Business Musts
Like any activity you pursue, there are certain musts that are required to be successful in a chosen activity. To legally operate a vehicle on public roadways, one must have a driver's license; to excel in sports, one must train and practice; to retire comfortably, one must become an informed investor and actively invest for retirement. If your goal is success in business, then the formula is no different. There are certain musts that have to be fully developed, implemented and managed for your business to succeed. There are many business musts, but this article contains I believe to be some of the more important musts that are required to start, operate and grow a profitable home business.

1. Do what you enjoy.
2. Take what you do seriously.
3. Plan everything.
4. Manage money wisely.
5.  Ask for the sale.
6. Remember it's all about the customer.
7. Become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious).
8. Project a positive business image.
9. Get to know your customers.
10. Level the playing field with technology.
11. Build a top-notch business team.
12. Become known as an expert.
13. Create a competitive advantage.
14. Invest in yourself.
15. Be accessible.


There are entrepreneurs who are extremely successful and everything they touch seems to turn to gold, and there are some that do not see as much success. What are the deciding factors that separate those that crank home run after home run and those that struggle at the plate?

While the majority of entrepreneurs have no problem working hard, not all work smart and possess the following entrepreneurial qualities responsible for driving success.

1. Not being afraid of delegating tasks. As entrepreneurs, we tend to always have a full plate and feel that we can take on any task. In reality, if we keep adding to the already-full plate it is eventually going to collapse and create a mess. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to an experienced member of your company that has the ability to get tasks completed.

Related: Successful Entrepreneurs Do These 5 Things Daily

2. Managing time effectively. Proper time management is necessary to distinguish between extremely urgent tasks and those that can wait. Use a notebook or whiteboard to prioritize your tasks by writing them down. Mobile devices and tablets have calendars and notepads, but nothing is more effective than actually writing down your “to-do” list. Focus on one task at a time and don’t let new “to-do’s” disrupt your focus. Knock them out one at a time.

3. Visualizing goals and success. You need to see your goals and success in your mind first if you plan on making them a reality. Not only do you need to visualize the end result, but you also need to visualize every step that it is going to take to get there. Napoleon Hill said it best: “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”

4. Listening and communicating well. If you aren’t a good listener and communicator it will result in miscommunications and wasted time, not to mention added work to correct the miscommunications. Time is one thing that all entrepreneurs would like more of. How often have you wished there was more hours in a day? Avoid wasting priceless time repeating and redoing tasks due to poor communication.

5. Understanding your time is valuable. While it would be great to be able to give everyone the time that they wanted, it would leave you with little to no time to accomplish the things that you need to get done. If a sales representative has a question, they should address it with the sales manager. If a customer has a question they should be speaking with your customer-care representative. While people might demand your time, it doesn’t mean that you have to grant them the time. Your time is valuable, so don’t waste it on disruptions that should be handled by other members of your organization.

Related: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

6. Seeking help when you need it. We often let our stubbornness prevent us from asking for help. Have you ever been stumped and someone comes along with the answer and you think, “Why in the world didn’t I think of that?” Often times a clear mind and different viewpoint can quickly solve a problem or provide an answer to a question. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, as it can also help to strengthen the communication within your organization.

7. Getting out of the office. As an entrepreneur, you have probably spent several 18-hour days behind your computer or worked through the night late at your office until the sun came back up. It is important to break your day up, for both your physical and mental health. Take a few breaks throughout the day and walk around the office or take a walk outside to clear your head and give your eyes a break from the computer. Leave your office for lunch, even if you bring it -- go eat outside and get some fresh air. Want to jumpstart your day and have healthy energy throughout the day? Go to the gym bright and early before you hit the office every morning and get a good workout in. You will have a clear mind, abundant energy and improved mental focus.

8. Giving back. It is important to understand how lucky we are, as entrepreneurs, to do what we love. When you are appreciative of what you have accomplished and then take a step back to see what you can do to give back, it gives you a feeling like no other. My company helps several 501(c)(3) organizations with their nonprofit marketing each year. Helping several nonprofits that support causes I believe in is a great feeling. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want,” said Zig Ziglar.

Nobody said being an entrepreneur is an easy thing to do, and while these qualities will not translate into automatic success, they sure can help.

Successful Entrepreneur / Business Process Redesign (BPR)
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:41:07 PM »
Business Process Redesign (BPR)

A systematic, disciplined improvement approach that critically examines, rethinks, redesigns, and implements the redesigned processes of an organisation. BPR’s goal is to achieve dramatic improvements in performance in areas important to customers and other stakeholders.
BPR is also referred to by such terms as business process improvement (BPI) or business process development, and business process redesign. While the term can be applied to incremental process improvement efforts, it is more commonly and increasingly associated with dramatic or radical overhauls of existing business processes. BPR typically relies on information technology to achieve breakthrough results.
Therefore, we can understand that if any business does not run as it has been planed earlier, there should be a problem in terms of the way it runs at present. As a result, we have to modify the present process of the business along with its procedures.
At this juncture, the BPR concept helps us to identify our present situation of the business that we engaged with and it will provide the necessary solutions to overcome the identified issues/limitation with regard to the business process.
Definition for Business Process Reengineering/Redesign
According to Hummer and Champy, Business Process Reengineering (BPR) is the fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business process to achieve dramatic improvements in critical and contemporary measures of performance, such as cost, quality, services and speed.
There are four key components:
1.Fundamental rethinking
2.Radical redesign
3.Dramatic improvement
4.Critical and contemporary measures of performance
Scope of BPR
The impact of Business Process Reengineering (BPR) generally depends upon proper coverage of business process in terms of breadth (scope of the business) and depth (linkage with other aspects) according to western experience.
Ex: European Commercial Bank’s reengineering effort as described by Hall, Rosenthal and Wade in 1993. The Bank has failed since, it had overlooked many other back office process in planning the redesign.
Successful redesign of a process with high depth involved a complete restructuring of all the key drivers of behaviour so that the actual results measures up to the plan.

Business Information / What is a Business Process?
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:37:04 PM »
What is a Business Process?

A Business Process is a collection of activities designed to produce a specific output for a particular customer or market. It implies a strong emphasis on how the work is done within an organisation, in contrast to a product’s focus. A process is thus a specific ordering of work activities across time and place, with a beginning, an end, and clearly defined inputs and outputs: a structure for action.

A Business process:
1.Has a goal
2.Has specific Inputs
3.Has a specific output
4.Uses resources
5.Has a number of activities that are performed in some order
6.Many affect more than one organisational unit. Horizontal organisational impact
7.Creates value of some kind for the customer. The customer may be internal or external
PR Business Model
BPR develops all its products based on the following business model. The key components of this business model are innovation, organisation and achievement.
The Three Levels of Process Activities are:
1.Business process improvement
2.Business process reengineering
3.Business process architecture

The most basic process activity is Business Process Improvement and the most complex is Business Process Architecture. As you increase the scope of process activity the investment, the risk and the time requirement also increase.
Business process improvement
This is equivalent to re-decorating a house. The starting and finishing points of the process are usually within a single department. The effort supports the business department’s business plan and annual objectives. The results affect the performance of that department.
When the project is finished, the nature of the business, and the organisational structure and boundaries remain unchanged. The department’s employees have to modify their routine and new skills are often needed to make the new process improvements work.

Why has selling become a bigger challenge today than it was yesterday:

1. Today a buyer has  many more options.
2. Competitions has also become sophisticated.
3. Media has made people more Knowledgeable and aware.
4. There is a terminology called 'Caveat Emptor' which means 'Buyer beware'. that is the old thinking. Today the scenario is Seller beware.
Because,the seller is perceived as an expert in his field. The buyer who may not be knowledgeable in this area is relaying on the seller Trustworthiness.

Internet Technology / The role of information technology
« on: November 27, 2014, 03:09:21 PM »
    The role of information technology:

    Information technology (IT) has historically played an important role in the re-engineering concept.[10] It is considered by some as a major enabler for new forms of working and collaborating within an organization and across organizational borders[citation needed].
    BPR literature [11] identified several so called disruptive technologies that were supposed to challenge traditional wisdom about how work should be performed.
    Shared databases, making information available at many places
    Expert systems, allowing generalists to perform specialist tasks
    Telecommunication networks, allowing organizations to be centralized and decentralized at the same time
    Decision-support tools, allowing decision-making to be a part of everybody's job
    Wireless data communication and portable computers, allowing field personnel to work office independent
    Interactive videodisk, to get in immediate contact with potential buyers
    Automatic identification and tracking, allowing things to tell where they are, instead of requiring to be found
    High performance computing, allowing on-the-fly planning and revisioning[/list]

    Business / Business process re-engineering
    « on: November 27, 2014, 03:03:10 PM »
    Business process re-engineering

    The most notable definitions of reengineering are:

    "... the fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in critical contemporary modern measures of performance, such as cost, quality, service, and speed."
    "encompasses the envisioning of new work strategies, the actual process design activity, and the implementation of the change in all its complex technological, human, and organizational dimensions."

    BPR is different from other approaches to organization development (OD), especially the continuous improvement or TQM movement, by virtue of its aim for fundamental and radical change rather than iterative improvement.[9] In order to achieve the major improvements BPR is seeking for, the change of structural organizational variables, and other ways of managing and performing work is often considered as being insufficient. For being able to reap the achievable benefits fully, the use of information technology (IT) is conceived as a major contributing factor. While IT traditionally has been used for supporting the existing business functions, i.e. it was used for increasing organizational efficiency, it now plays a role as enabler of new organizational forms, and patterns of collaboration within and between organizations[citation needed].

    BPR derives its existence from different disciplines, and four major areas can be identified as being subjected to change in BPR - organization, technology, strategy, and people - where a process view is used as common framework for considering these dimensions.
    Business strategy is the primary driver of BPR initiatives and the other dimensions are governed by strategy's encompassing role. The organization dimension reflects the structural elements of the company, such as hierarchical levels, the composition of organizational units, and the distribution of work between them[citation needed]. Technology is concerned with the use of computer systems and other forms of communication technology in the business. In BPR, information technology is generally considered as playing a role as enabler of new forms of organizing and collaborating, rather than supporting existing business functions. The people / human resources dimension deals with aspects such as education, training, motivation and reward systems. The concept of business processes - interrelated activities aiming at creating a value added output to a customer - is the basic underlying idea of BPR. These processes are characterized by a number of attributes: Process ownership, customer focus, value adding, and cross-functionality.

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