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The enchantment of prefacing the French translation of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (US translation)

March 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment is out today in the US and will be published in French by Diateino at the end of this month. To read the French version of this preface, please go to the Diateino blog. Thanks to my daughter, Sophie Delphis, for translation it into English!

Entrepreneurs, re-enchant the world!
There are people who [...]

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The Mesh: Why the future of business is sharing, by Lisa Gansky

January 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Book Review, Talents, Innovators

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
The Mesh, an old word meaning the “opening between the threads of a net” got its technology flavor with the concept of mesh networking generally defined as “a type of networking wherein each node in the network may act as an independent router.” For Lisa Gansky, in her book The Mesh, Why [...]

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Leadership internalization and elegance in success: The shibumi strategy by Matthew E. May

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Book Review

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
The shibumi strategy by Matthew E. May is both a parable and a lesson on the quiet aesthetic simplicity and transformative energy in Japanese culture. It all starts with Andy Harmon’s sudden misfortune. One day, his company closes. A good husband and good father (very much the image of the perfect, hardworking [...]

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Social Media for Businesses: Social Media Metrics by Jim Sterne

April 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Book Review

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis
The purpose of Social Media Metrics, subtitled “How to Measure and Optimize Your Marketing Investment,” by Jim Sterne is not to convince companies about the importance of social media: “If you’re still not sure whether social media is important or is important to your company, save this book for later.”  I’d love every [...]

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My takeaway for entrepreneurs from the Winter Olympics: Fail-forward-fast, and fulfill the promise

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Talents, Innovators

In a recent powwow, I was asked about my takeaway for entrepreneurs from the Winter Olympics. As I was starting to discuss the make-up of a champion, mentally ranking key characteristics, I changed gears and realized that what struck me the most, ultimately, was the victory of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo in pair figure skating. Not [...]

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How Startups Can Sell to Large Companies

February 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

Selling to large companies is the dream of many entrepreneurs. It’s not easy, and they have reasons to be afraid of it. My advice is that they overcome their fears and try. This week, I wrote a post on the American Express Forum, addressing some of the most frequent questions that I get from entrepreneurs on [...]

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Groundcrew: Organizing the Social Web on the Terra Firma

February 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

We are so used to doing everything via the Internet that we think we have paid our dues when we paypal a donation, or inform all our friends of what’s happening around us via our social networks. Yet, we need to continue to help in the real world and to make sure that we volunteer [...]

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Reflecting on a poll: A hiring manager asks a woman to show him her Facebook page in an interview. What should she do?

August 30th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Entrepreneurs

“We invest in people…” is a phrase that entrepreneurs hear often from VCs and employees from corporations. What does it mean? Hard to know – or maybe, the actual content of the sentence depends on who is speaking.
OK, LinkedIn isn’t the whole spiel: For most people, you are your “background” and this “background” boils down to [...]

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