Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays From WPO Chicago!

©Laurel Delaney 2011, "First snow in Chicago 2011"
In the quiet moments of the holiday,
may you find peace and joy.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Article of Interest: Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012

It's that time of year -- nearing the end of December. A time to reflect on where you've been and where you're headed with your business.  As you plan, are you aware of what may be hot in 2012? But first, before we get to it, does this sound like you?
Small-business owners don’t care what’s cool. They care about what’s practical and what seems obvious—and that’s not always what gets buzz.
If it is, have a look at:

5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012

Prepare your business for another spectacular year of growth and profits.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Book of Interest: Start-up Nation

Why does Israel produce more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Canada, Japan or India?

There's one way to find out or at least get a few clues.  Read "Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle."
Start-up Nation examines the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality -- all backed up by government policies focused on innovation.  In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect," there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. 
Go here to find out how Israel has beaten the odds to become a major player in the global business world, especially in the technology space and a main contributor to global culture.  After you read the book, see how you might develop the next generation of corporate leaders or put those within your business who question authority to work!