Monthly Archive for June, 2011

You are your small business’s visionary

As an entrepreneur, you are your organization’s visionary - the creator of the dream, and the energy and spirit behind its fulfillment. As the operator of the business you’ve created to deliver your dream, you are the steady hand, the voice of reason, the challenge master and the bull’s eye where the proverbial buck stops.

The great French writer, Victor Hugo, could have been talking about us when he wrote, “The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than the real. It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live.”

In our role as an entrepreneur, we have “great need of the ideal,” which is our vision, our passion. As the operator of our business, “it is by the real that we exist,” the operating fundamentals we must practice.

We must be able to move successfully between these two dimensions as we create, operate and grow our business successfully. Too much ideal and we have no critical mass. Too much real and we have nothing new, too little excitement and probably not much fun.

The ideal and the real:  Create - operate - have fun.

What kind of mobile phone do you use?

For some time now, I’ve been encouraging small business owners to buy and use a smart phone - the kind that allows those cool mobile apps to be downloaded - like an iPhone or a phone with Google Droid operating system. The reason is because mobile computing is the future. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google said he expected Google to be more successful in the future with mobile than they ever had been with the desktop.

We wanted to know what kind of hand-held communication device you were using, so last week we asked this question: What kind of mobile phone do you have? Here’s what our small business audience told us:

Those who said they used some kind of a smart phone, represented 53% of our respondents. The rest, 47%, said they were still using a regular cell phone. Based on industry numbers about the smart phone adoption rate of all users (27%), our survey would indicate that small business owners are employing smart phones to a higher degree.

I love it when people listen to me.

On The Small Business Advocate Show, I’ve talked with Chuck Martin, author of the new book, The Third Screen, many times about the future of mobile computing and creating a mobile strategy to remain relevant in the 21st century. Click here to see all of the conversations I’ve had with Chuck on this important topic.




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