The Curator: Big Picture Thinking, Social Entrepreneurs, Lean Startup Hiring Tips, Small Biz Hiring

Here's our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

How Entrepreneurs Lose the Big Picture. “Because of the thousands of messages they’re hit with daily, most successful entrepreneurs have developed an uncommon focus on what’s truly important in their lives. If we get too caught up in the glitzy stuff — the fame, the new social media fad of the month, or whatever else takes our eye off the ball — it can draw too much time and energy away from the awesome opportunity that’s right in front of us.” (NBC Chicago)

Why Startups Should Hire The ‘Minimally Viable’ Candidate. “Everyone in Silicon Valley is talking about the importance of being a lean startup … There’s lots of rhetoric about the importance of coming to market fast with the minimally viable product. Could you do the same thing in hiring?” … “Could you hire the minimally viable candidate?” (Forbes)

Define Social Entrepreneurs by Their Impact, Not Their Income Strategy. “After decades of frustrating setbacks, scientists at CERN think they have found the Higgs boson particle — a breakthrough success after $12 billion of research funding and smashing particles into each other in all imaginable ways … I will use this discovery to argue that there is also an important insight for funders of social innovation.” (Forbes)

Entrepreneurs Must Be Adept at Rapid Realignment. “Every entrepreneur’s first priority should be the alignment of interests across the range of constituents required for success – partners, investors, customers, vendors, and employees. The best are ones quickest and most willing to do the realignment on a continuous basis these days, as the market changes, customer interests change, and you learn from experience.” (Business Insider)

Small Business Owners Look Far and Wide for Talent. “With so many people looking for work, it’s hard to swallow the assertion by some small employers that they can’t find applicants with adequate skills or experience … Blame it on the so-called skills gap.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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