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On Difficult Conversations

One of the top reasons for for disatisfaction in the ranks of an organization, no matter the size or stage, is the tendency for management to avoid conflict and not to confront performance issues with  individual staff.  That dissatisfaction can … Continue reading

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Managing Talent for Startups

Startups tend to leave Human Resources issues down the list of priorities.  After all, you have to survive and build your business.  However, as your start to hire staff that strategy will come back to haunt you when you inevitably … Continue reading

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Target Hybrid Social Enterprise Business Models

  Jyoti Sharma has written a thought-provoking blog in The Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled, “A Neoliberal Takeover of Social Entrepreneurship?“.  Although I take issue with the the focus on neoliberalism as a destructive force, I agree with the importance of hybrid … Continue reading

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Making Social Innovation Work

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of a hackathon, even if you’re not quite sure what it is. Hackathons have become increasingly popular events challenging developers, innovators and changemakers alike to use … Continue reading

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The Chimera of Impact Investing

Much has been written about the growing size and influence of impact investing for social enterprises.  I don’t disagree with the data or the pundits but is there too much marketing hype?  Will the good news ultimately blind the social finance movement … Continue reading

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Is Social Entrepreneurship a Distraction?

A leader in the social enterprise field, Pamela Hartigan, has written a compelling blog entitled, “Why Social Entrepreneurship has become a distraction: it’s mainstream capitalism that needs change”.  It is a clarion call.  See what you think.

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Stakeholders Need Your Attention

I have often worked with social entrepreneurs on the Business Model Canvas.  The two blocks we always start with are the Customer Segments and Value Proposition because they form the heart of your business model.   All other blocks exist … Continue reading

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The Fog of Ignorance

On looming source of risk for an early-stage social entrepreneur is not knowing what you don’t know:the fog of ignorance.  If you’re entering a new industry your area of ignorance is huge; the problem is that you don’t know it until … Continue reading

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Business Model Trumps Product

I’ve just finished two days of mentoring eight ventures, most social-mission driven, as part of my work as a facilitator for the LaunchYU Accelerator at York University.  communityBUILD, the social enterprise initiative of ventureLAB and its three partners, has five social … Continue reading

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The Power of Community

Your isolation as an entrepreneur is a danger to your mental health and to the success of your venture.  This is especially so if you’re a lone entrepreneur without a team around you.  I’ve been there.  You stand, staring out into … Continue reading

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