Six Secrets of a Working Mother, And How They Apply in Business-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:27 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:03 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:11 p.m. MDT

 

12 Characteristics of Wildly Successful Start Ups-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 8:26 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:17 p.m. MDT

 

Be Humble and Teachable to Lay the Foundation of Success-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 4:27 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:00 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:00 a.m. MDT

 

When Investors Aren't an Option: 10 Alternatives to Finance Your Business-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:35 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:27 a.m. MDT

 

Get Noticed! Four Easy Steps to Climbing the Corporate Ladder-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:11 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 5:30 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:31 a.m. MDT

 

My Boss is a Jerk! Three Reasons Why Leaders Succeed and Bosses Fail-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:08 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2013 8:01 a.m. MDT

 

Five Critical Team Members For Business Success-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:02 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 5:29 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:44 p.m. MDT

 

Six Ways to Boost Morale That Won't Cost You a Dime-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:34 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 5:20 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2013 9:22 a.m. MDT

 

An Acquisition Destroyed My Business. Why?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:42 p.m. MDT

 

I'm Outta Here! Why 2 Million Americans Quit Every Month (And 5 Steps To Turn the Epidemic Around-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:11 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 4:35 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:23 p.m. MDT

 

Is Your Terrible Culture Killing Your Business?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 2:10 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:15 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 5:30 p.m. MDT

 

You Don't Need Your Own Idea To Be A Successful Entrepreneur-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:03 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:35 p.m. MDT

 

It's Killing Me! Six Ways to Manage Debilitating Stress-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:31 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:08 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 7:35 p.m. MDT

 

The 4 Ways to Become Your Own Boss - Which One Fits You?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 1:54 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:39 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 3:46 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:54 a.m. MDT

 

10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Billions (Infographic)-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:04 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

 

Money for Entrepreneurs, No Strings Attached-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 9:08 p.m. EDT

 

The Importance of Measurement in Employee Engagement-

By Alan Hall, For Training

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:55 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:51 p.m. MDT

 

Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski Knew It: The Business Value Of A World-Class Coach-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:23 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, January 14, 2012 3:30 p.m. MDT

 

Kiss Your Boss Goodbye: Will You Leave Your Job In 2013?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:49 p.m. EDT

 

Avoiding the Pain of Failing Startups – 9 Lessons Learned from My Ups and Downs-

By Alan Hall, For Under30CEO.com

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 1:49 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:27 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2012 9:54 a.m. MDT

 

Why Utah is Forbes Best State for Business (And 10 Tips To Help You Gain These Advantages Too)-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:02 p.m. EDT

 

The Internet is Killing My Business!-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 12:31 p.m. EDT

 

I Don't Want To Go To Jail-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2012 7:00 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:32 p.m. MDT

 

Attributes of Champions: 5 Key Principles From World Class Cowboys-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:41 p.m. MDT

 

Clayton Christensen, On The Entrepreneurial Innovations Our Economy Needs-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:07 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:14 a.m. MDT

 

6 Steps To Insanely Successful Business Goals For 2013-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, December 8, 2012 1:28 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5:29 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 5:35 p.m. MDT

 

Obamacare And Entrepreneurs: What You Should Know; How To Prepare-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:53 p.m. MDT

 

9 Things A Boss Should Never Say, Part 2: "My Boss Is A Jerk. What Can I Do?"-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:16 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:19 a.m. MDT

 

9 Things A Boss Should Never Say To An Employee-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, November 24, 2012 1:39 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:24 p.m. MDT

 

Both Sides Now: What Is It Really Like To Move From Entrepreneur To VC?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:17 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:27 p.m. MDT

 

Thanksgiving Tips: 9 Great Business Skills Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the Pilgrims-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:34 p.m. EDT

 

CrowdFund Investing: Emphasis Turning to Implementation and Entrepreneurs-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:53 a.m. EDT

 

Grow America Results: Crio, Jigabot, ContactPoint and the REAL Winners: Projecting 5,175 New Jobs-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:26 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:04 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:44 a.m. MDT

 

GoalZero -- How To Create An Industry (And A Profit) By Doing Good-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 9:00 a.m. EDT

 

How Business Champions Overcome Adversity: 5 Powerful Steps-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:13 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 6:26 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, November 5, 2012 9:58 p.m. MDT

 

The Big League Secret To Business: Focus, Focus, Focus-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 3:42 p.m. EDT

 

New Research Shows Optimism For Crowdfund Investing Continues To Rise-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 9:16 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:23 p.m. MDT

 

Message To Baby Boomers: Get Off The Couch. Change The World-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:03 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:34 p.m. MDT

 

Memo To Micro Managers: STOP! The 10 (Hardest) Steps To Effective Delegation-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 3:03 p.m. EDT

 

The 10 Steps To Finding More Customers-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

Top Characteristics Of Successful Entrepreneurs: Larry Levy, Kellogg School of Management, Weighs In-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 9:13 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:58 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 11:03 p.m. MDT

 

Ancestry.com Acquired by Permira for $1.6B -- Eyes Further Expansion Into Western Europe-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 10:07 p.m. EDT

 

5 Ways of Funding A Business: How To Get Your Piece Of The Pie-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012 2:10 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 9:59 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For Harvard Business Review

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:00 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 8:45 p.m. MDT

 

100 Founders Share Their Top "Aha" Moments -- Guess How Many Jobs They've Created So Far?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 3:39 p.m. EDT

 

When To Pivot: Is it Time to Retool Your Business?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:27 p.m. MDT

 

Do You Have A Startup? Or An Expensive Hobby?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 9:53 p.m. MDT

 

Can You Sustain Your Business Forever? The Secret: Balance Short-term Profit With Long-term Success-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

Investors Weigh In On Crowdfund Investing At Chicago Event-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:55 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:21 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 6:35 p.m. MDT

 

 

Barnacles, Diamonds and Cows: 5 Startup Failures--My 5 Lessons Learned-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:49 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 11:41 p.m. MDT

 

Entrepreneurship: Do You Qualify For The Ride of Your Life? The 8 Point Test-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:33 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, September 17, 2012 7:26 p.m. MDT

 

A Tiger By The Tail: From $10M To $100M--The Steps To Meteoric Business Success-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:43 p.m. EDT

 

Is Job Creation From Small Business Slowing? Not So Fast!-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:42 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, September 10, 2012 7:43 p.m. MDT

 

You Want How Much Ownership In My Business?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:36 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 1:45 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:06 a.m. MDT

 

Companies With The Best Stories Win: 10 Key Points For Telling Your Story-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, September 2, 2012 4:55 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 9:21 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

 

How To Build A Billion Dollar Business Plan: 10 Top Points-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:26 p.m. EDT

 

Stock Options: A Strategic Weapon For Growth-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, August 20, 2012 8:33 p.m. MDT

 

Reckless or Brilliant? Trulia Files For IPO Under JOBS ACT-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:29 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 6:09 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 6:55 p.m. MDT

 

How to Solve Huge Dilemmas: The "Imagine Session"-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012 8:59 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10:43 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 10:50 p.m. MDT

 

Ten Horrific Business Mistakes-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, August 5, 2012 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:07 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 11:01 p.m. MDT

 

Top Lessons From Exceptional Women Entrepreneurs-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:16 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 27, 2012 10:07 a.m. MDT

 

Is Your Idea Patentable? Or Are Patents a Waste of Money and Time?-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:40 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:04 a.m. MDT

 

Kiss Your Boss Goodbye. It's Time to Be an Entrepreneur-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012 11:48 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:42 p.m. MDT

 

How to Find a Business Idea--in Six Easy Steps-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8:24 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 9, 2012 8:11 p.m. MDT

 

The Top Communication Traits of Great Leaders-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, July 6, 2012 9:28 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:42 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 2, 2012 11:28 p.m. MDT

 

What Stephen Covey Taught Me - Great Business Mentors are Key-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:51 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:45 a.m. MDT

 

What Every Business Can Learn From Apple: Establish A Winning Culture-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:23 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:03 a.m. MDT

 

When Companies Honor Employees, Profits Result-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:50 p.m. EDT

 

The 7 C's: How to Find and Hire Great Employees-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 11:22 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:22 p.m. MDT

 

Take Care Of Customers To Scale A Business-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012 11:12 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012 6:26 p.m. MDT

 

How to Build and Sell Superior Products -- A Tale of Two Entrepreneurs-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 10:53 p.m. EDT

 

To Succeed as an Entrepreneur, Know Your Customer-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:31 p.m. EDT

 

From Idea to Business: Persistence is Critical-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:38 p.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:46 p.m. MDT

 

Starting a Business Requires Sacrifice-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:04 p.m. EDT

 

Building Brands with “Bridges"-

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 11, 2012 8:39 p.m. MDT

 

From Idea to Business: Follow Your Dream-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:29 p.m. EDT

 

Getting your Business Funded - Notes from Crowdfunding Made Simple Address-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012 1:48 a.m. EDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:08 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5:04 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:38 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 28, 2012 6:36 p.m. MDT

 

How Many New Jobs Will Come From Crowd Funding? A Visit with Alon Hillel-Tuch, RocketHub-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:56 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:58 p.m. MDT

 

More Questions on Crowdfunding Industry Research, With Carl Esposti-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 21, 2012 9:32 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:51 p.m. MDT

 

An Interview with Carl Esposti, Crowdfunding Industry Research-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:07 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 14, 2012 5:46 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For Harvard Business Review

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:09 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:02 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 7, 2012 7:38 p.m. MDT

 

An Entrepreneurial View-

By Alan Hall, For Forbes

Published: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:07 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6:42 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012 5:55 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:22 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 23, 2012 5:34 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:16 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 16, 2012 9:39 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:41 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 6:18 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:28 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 8:49 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:20 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 5:32 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 5:19 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 7:18 p.m. MDT

 

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:58 p.m. MDT

 

Be persistent on way to achieve utopia-

By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 9:12 p.m. MDT

Driven by an indomitable spirit, successful entrepreneurs never give up on their dreams of building a viable business. They overcome every barrier and climb over and around all obstacles. Nothing gets in their way to achieve utopia. There is no impediment too great. This unflagging attribute is a key characteristic of triumphant business builders.

Entrepreneurs face and tackle bewildering and potentially catastrophic situations. They possess courage, hope and a deeply held belief that they can survive the moment and continue to prosper. Personal strength, greatness, self-confidence, maturity and wisdom are by-products gained through unfathomable adversity. It has been said that men become great mariners when sailing on troubled waters, not calm seas. The same axiom applies in the business world.

Serious hardships may be financial in nature. They might also be employee, client, vendor or investor based. They may arise through human error or market conditions. I can see, in my mind’s eye, the depressed face of an entrepreneur who can’t make payroll or has just lost a substantial client. I can sense an owner’s profound frustration upon learning a product has failed and there is a lawsuit to manage. We can empathize with a founder’s pain when there has been a fire, theft or betrayal. Consider the emotions felt with the death of spouse or key employee. These occurrences are severe, somewhat common and require a powerful and thoughtful response to avoid disaster.

 

 

to read more see this article in the Deseret News.

 

Knowing and understanding targeted customers key for business-

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012 10:26 a.m. MDT

Knowing and understanding targeted customers is the overarching rule of exceptional companies. Award winning business builders know their customers as well as they know their own families, perhaps even more so.

They know, with exactness, the wants, wishes and buying behaviors of specific individuals. They have spent many unhurried hours researching, examining, assessing and understanding everything about prospective and current buyers of their products or services. They have analyzed the size of the market or the number of potential customers that fit the target profile. They know their names, ages, genders, incomes, home and internet addresses, professions, education, associations, and marital status, number of children, hobbies, their tastes and interests. They grasp what they watch, read and hear. They understand their likes and dislikes. Knowing a customer to this depth is one of the key characteristics of highly successful business leaders.

Companies that possess this knowledge about their customers and use it to their profitable advantage are wildly successful. This unequivocal approach is simple and powerful. Knowing specifically what buyers want, savvy leaders can build and deliver the precise solutions to meet customers’ needs. They also offer their products at the right locations, at the right price, and with the appropriate warranties. They deliver the right features and support to create positive buying experiences.

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Find balance to go along with sacrifice-

By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 7:33 p.m. MDT

Every business builder I know has made sacrifices in order to start and grow their businesses. It’s a key characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. By definition, a sacrifice is the act of surrendering something highly valued for the sake of something of even greater importance. The concept of relinquishing a prized object for a highly desirable reward is as old as time. In today’s business environment, owners often find themselves in situations where sacrifices are made with varying consequences.

Personal sacrifices. Speaking with entrepreneurs, we learn they often miss children’s ball games, dance recitals, birthday parties, parent teacher conferences and wedding anniversaries. Why? They are often traveling somewhere in the world doing business on behalf of their company. As I look back on my experiences, there were nights when I came home from work after the children were in bed, and I was too tired to even enjoy a bowl of soup for dinner. My wife, Jeanne, was generally home alone raising the children while I was trying to close a business deal. As busy entrepreneurs, we should ask ourselves, what are we missing to achieve business success? Where are our priorities? Is work more important to us than our wives and children?

To be fair, I tried to juggle my family commitments and the demands of entrepreneurship. Fortunately, there were occasions when I enjoyed a normal day playing catch with my sons and helping my daughters with their homework. Thankfully, all six children survived my entrepreneurial years and are exceptional adults. Today, they are business executives and homemakers with many of the same challenges Jeanne and I faced.

 

 

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Obstacles will arise during entrepreneurial journeys-

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 6:15 p.m. MDT

Successful entrepreneurs never give up on their dreams of building a viable business. They climb over and around all obstacles. There is no impediment too great. This unflagging attribute is a key characteristic of triumphant business builders.

Entrepreneurs face potentially catastrophic situations. They possess courage, hope and a deeply held belief that they can survive the moment and continue to prosper. Personal strength, greatness, self-confidence, maturity and wisdom are by-products gained through unfathomable adversity. The axiom that men become great mariners when sailing on troubled waters, not calm seas, also applies in the business world.

Hardships may be financial or related to employees, clients, vendors or investors. They may arise through human error or market conditions.

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Take the leap -- but know the dangers-

By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 9:08 p.m. MDT

Even with a great product idea that has gained traction with customers, founders face stunning and daunting challenges. Entrepreneurs who are successful have taken significant personal risks to start and grow their businesses. Prior to moving forward, they should have considered, assessed, weighed and evaluated each major risk and recognized the potential consequences of their decisions.

Entrepreneurs might encounter several perilous situations.

Why do businesses fail?

 

 

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Business excellence requires a hearty helping of sacrifice-

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 10:15 p.m. MDT

Every business builder I know has made sacrifices to start and grow their business. It’s a key characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. By definition, a sacrifice is the act of surrendering something highly valued for the sake of something of even greater importance.

The concept of relinquishing a prized object for a highly desirable reward is as old as time. In today’s business environment, owners find themselves in situations in which sacrifices are made with varying consequences.

Speaking with entrepreneurs, we learn they often miss their wedding anniversaries and their children’s ball games, dance recitals, birthday parties, parent-teacher conferences. Why? They are often traveling on these important occasions, conducting business on behalf of their company. As I look back on my experiences, there were nights when I came home from work after the children were in bed and I was too tired to even enjoy a bowl of soup for dinner. My wife, Jeanne, was generally home alone raising the children while I was trying to close a business deal.

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Follow your dream: Great time for entrepreneurs-

By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 2:15 p.m. MDT

What is your dream? All award-winning entrepreneurs have had a dream and followed it. They have turned their ideas into a commercial success. Do you have a dream to pursue? Do you have a great idea that can be turned into a business? Do you have an unquenchable fire in your belly to turn a great idea into a product everyone wants?

Good to time to start. If so, I believe you qualify to begin the first step in a long journey taken by tens of thousands of brave souls who have taken a leap of faith to start their own businesses. You should know there has never been a better time to follow your dream and turn it into a reality. Having a dream is the key. It’s the starting point. It’s a seed that if planted, watered, nurtured and cultivated has a wonderful chance to grow. Do you have that new product in mind? Are you ready to go? Then I say, full speed ahead. Go for it now! Don’t wait.

Sadly, I have seen scores of individuals who have had a terrific idea, a great concept, but for one reason or another, were unable to follow their dream to start and grow a new enterprise.

 

 

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Know the challenges, risks before launching a business-

By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 11:25 p.m. MDT

Even with a great product idea that has gained traction with customers, founders face daunting challenges.

Successful entrepreneurs have taken significant personal risks to start and grow their businesses. Before moving forward, they should have evaluated each major risk and recognized the potential consequences of their decisions.

Entrepreneurs might encounter several perilous situations.

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12 key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 8:45 p.m. MDT I am often asked these questions by aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a business: What do I need to do to be successful? Where can I receive help? What resources are there? Who can guide me? How do I find money? Do I need a business plan? Time after time, I hear similar thoughts from hundreds of individuals with the desire to launch a business. Just this morning, I received a call from a fellow who needs help. Unfortunately, and all too often, I don't have the time to sit down with everyone individually to provide adequate answers to their inquiries. With this in mind, over the next few weeks, I will write articles to answer most of these questions, plus many more that will assist someone who is ready to take a leap of faith. Please know that I am by no means the only mentor in town who might be willing to answer business questions. There are literally scores of successful business owners in Utah who could teach the right principles. With this in mind, I will humbly approach this opportunity to share with you what I have learned from more than 40 years as a businessman, angel investor and venture capitalist.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.

 

Every great business starts with a dream- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 9:04 p.m. MDT All award-winning entrepreneurs have had a dream and followed it, turning their ideas into a commercial success. There has never been a better time to follow your dream and turn it into a reality. Having a dream is the key, the starting point. Do you have that new product in mind? Are you ready to go? Then I say, full speed ahead. Go for it now! Sadly, I have seen scores of individuals who have had a terrific idea but, for whatever reason, they were unable to follow the dream to start and grow a new enterprise. Whatever the reason, they never left the couch and the dream died. to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Learn, live key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 11:22 p.m. MDT I am often asked these questions by aspiring entrepreneurs: What do I need to do to be successful? Where can I receive help? What resources are there? Who can guide me? How do I find money? Do I need a business plan? The morning I wrote this column, I received a call from a fellow needing help. Unfortunately, and all too often, I don't have the time to sit down with everyone individually to provide adequate answers to their inquiries. So, over the next few weeks, I will write columns to answer most of these questions, plus others that will assist someone ready to take a leap of faith. to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Successful business decision making: The CEO role- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 6:50 p.m. MDT I recently read an article in Fortune Magazine that asked, “Are we living in a post CEO world?” The author, Doreen Lorenzo, president of Frog Design said, “The idea that a CEO is the only person within a business who has the ability to change the world is daunting and unfair. For such a concept to be the model for American innovation is a risky bet.” For me, her comment begs the question: “Can one person, at the top of any organization, acting alone, consistently make the right calls?"     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Listening to customers yields success- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 11:43 p.m. MDT Companies tend to focus too much on their product or service, forgetting to listen to what customers are telling them. This often results in declining revenue and profit. The goal of any business is to make money, but that objective is easier to reach when we listen to customers and know and understand their needs. The best way to do this is by listening to what they tell us. More often than not, in the course of a conversation, a customer will divulge information that is vital to our overall success. Consider three areas related to customers: to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   2 high-power ways to fix the economy- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2012 10:39 p.m. MDT In homes across America, citizens are asking themselves these questions. "What's happening in United States?" "Why is the economy in turmoil?"     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Leaders meet to create five-year business plan for area economy- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 10:51 p.m. MDT On Friday, 20 community leaders met for the first time to discuss the greater Ogden-area economy. The agenda was to consider the current business environment, the selection of significant goals to be achieved over the next five years and projects in progress. Executives represented Weber State University, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, developers, bankers and angel investors. Others involved were local business owners and city and county elected officials. The group met for an hour and a half with two facilitators, who asked the group to answer the following questions: to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   A rock-solid foundation: 4 God-inspired pillars of success- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 8:27 p.m. MDT There are business leaders in the world who believe greed is good, that it drives capitalism. I beg to differ. Protestors are right. Greed poisons the economy and destroys prosperity in every society. I believe the best catalyst for business success is not avarice but a philosophy of abundance, where everyone wins.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Lessons from a great salesman- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT He may be one of the better salesman I have known. A native of Venezuela, he is called Vlad by his friends. I first met him several years ago when attending a free entrepreneurial seminar called Junto. Among all the participants, he was the most outstanding student. Vladimir Canro arrived in the United States several years ago while still a young man. He had spent his youth in the streets of Caracas selling fruits and vegetables to any customer he could find. Over time, he obtained an associate's degree in engineering. He left Venezuela at the peak of President Hugo Chavez’s crackdown on the opposition. Using a green card, he found a construction job in Texas and decided that America was the best country for him. In time, he came to Salt Lake City to attend college with the hope of finishing his education. He landed in Utah on a chilly day in December without a warm coat, money or a place to live. For the first few cold nights, he found slept inside a large metal dumpster full of cardboard. He tells me cardboard is an excellent insulator from frigid temperatures. If ever there was a person who could overcome the barriers in life, it would be Vladimir. His story, like that of so many emigrants, is one of perseverance, hope, faith and an inextinguishable fire in the belly to succeed. Today, he has surmounted every obstacle. He is working on a computer science degree from Weber State University and has a very good job as a salesman for Geiger Rig, and he is married with two young children.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Careful and thoughtful cost cutting needed in down economy- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 10:55 p.m. MDT How do we grow our local economy? How do we add more people to the area workforce? There are several significant ways this will be achieved. To begin, local firms need to hang on and survive. Because the very stagnant and lethargic economy, many local companies are experiencing flat or declining revenues. Some companies are seeing some revenue growth, while a few firms have and others will close their doors due to intense and innovative competition. While we wait for customers to buy again, careful and thoughtful cost cutting is in order to weather the economic storm. In time, those who have done so and have survived the challenge will be in a better position to accelerate sales again.   to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Everybody sells to survive and prosper- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 8:15 p.m. MDT A company must focus daily on selling its products to survive and prosper. Such effort provides the cash a company needs to pay expenses, grow the organization and make a profit. To attain this goal, every employee, from the worker on the loading dock to the CEO, should arrive at work each day thinking, “I'm here to win business and keep our customers happy.” This should be their constant and unrelenting objective. This means each employee — every single one of them — should know what they must do to personally contribute to generating company revenues. They must also understand how others in the organization fit within the complete team selling process. Think of orchestra musicians who follow this model with the result being beautiful music. Successful organizations understand this powerful concept and actively communicate clearly to all employees what company revenue goals are for the year, by quarters, months and weeks; leaders then measure and report sales results to all employees on a similar timing basis.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Ogden City has five key economic development programs- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 12:08 a.m. MDT Last week I shared with you the economic impact Weber State University has on the local community: somewhere around $500 million. I also presented several WSU business-related initiatives that have been implemented, with more on the way. Our community is very fortunate to have a major institution of higher learning in our midst. This week, I will provide a high level overview of Ogden key's economic development programs. 1. The recruitment of large employers by the mayor and city council is a major economic development objective. To achieve this goal, the city works with various site selector consultants who are connected to companies that are growing and need to locate an office or plant somewhere in the United States. In addition, the city partners with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development to recruit companies that typically range in size from 100 to 1,000 employees and have an average salary and benefits package that exceeds 125 percent of the average worker's wage in Weber County. Recruitment is an ongoing activity that requires hard work and patience. In time, with a little luck, the city is able to announce that a company from another state has decided to locate one of its operation centers here. to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Weber State has power to accelerate local business growth- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 9:22 p.m. MDT Community economic development advocates from local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, Ogden city, Hill Air Force Base and Weber State University will gather in January to determine the next steps to accelerate local business growth in the Top of Utah. The goal will be to find ways to help existing businesses grow, encourage more companies to establish a headquarters in Ogden and to help entrepreneurs build new businesses. The end result will be additional better-paying jobs for local residents. Weber State University is one of the organizations represented on the committee.This significant powerhouse has a major role to play in local economics.   to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Money is not the source of lasting fulfillment and joy- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 9:40 p.m. MDT It was Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1969. My bride, Jeanne, and I awoke that morning for our first Christmas together as newlyweds. We were far from our parents' homes in Utah. We were living in a very small adobe house in the jungle city of Itajuipe, Bahia, Brazil. Our diminutive dwelling, located at #46 Rua Rui Barbosa, had a red cement floor, a hardened clay tile roof, and one wooden shuttered window with no glass; a large mosquito net hung over our bed with a mattress made of fresh straw. Our home did not have a television, a phone or a radio. Jeanne washed our clothes by hand in a large metal basin. She purchased our food from an open-air market each Friday alongside the women from town. We showered in cold water collected from tropical rain that filled a tank on the top of our roof. To prevent a rat from entering through the shower drain, Jeanne poured boiling water down the hole to discourage the creature. A large rock also provided excellent blockage. After our service projects each day, we would read classic novels under the glow of one 100 watt light bulb.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Many entities can provide growth link for Ogden economy- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 3:07 p.m. MDT Over the next year, I intend to write weekly articles on an economic action plan for the Ogden area. Columns will include information on what's being done, why, by whom, when, how, where and at what cost. My hope is to share with you on a real-time basis the actions that are being taken to aggressively grow our local economy. I view our end goal as jobs with competitive wages for everyone who wants to work. From time to time, I will also share valuable lessons learned from my business career plus principles and best practices of successful organizations. to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   Set goals now for company, employee success next year- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 8:13 p.m. MDT Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once said, "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." Mr. Berra was famous for his way with words, and he makes a great point. If your business doesn't have an end or goal in mind, who knows where you will end up. Timing. As we approach the end of 2011, if you haven't started planning for next year, I suggest you drop everything and urgently complete this very important task, right now. As we look at next year, I recommend the goal setting process start no later than September. By doing so, leaders will have more time for this key assignment. I believe the sooner the planning process begins the better chance leaders have to consider, ponder, decide, prepare, organize, and communicate the most important results that must be achieved over the following twelve months.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Ogden already has what it takes to grow new businesses- By Alan Hall, For the Standard Examiner Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 6:15 a.m. MDT I have lived in the Ogden area my entire life and have the highest regard for my hometown. As I consider the past, present and future of our beloved community, I see only its greatness and potential to be an economic powerhouse. My vision is of a vibrant city with numerous fast-growing companies employing hundreds of highly educated workers. I see creative titans of industry, like those of former years, who will launch dynamic enterprises that will make Ogden a prized business center. In time, other firms will be drawn to a magnet of promise and success. We are definitely poised to usher in a new era of growth and prosperity. The key foundational blocks are in place. They are: to continue reading visit the Standard Examiner.   There's no reason to fear failure if you have a business plan in place- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 10:56 p.m. MDT Fear is debilitating. It stops action and prevents progress. It paralyzes individuals and organizations. I watch with alarm as fear hits potential entrepreneurs who then cease to pursue their dreams of starting and growing a new business. They fear failure, loss, humiliation, ridicule, diminished esteem and a damaged reputation. Unfortunately, this malady occurs more often than we think and literally eliminates economic progress for a founder, potential employees and a community. I often wonder what would have happened if Gutenberg had not built his printing press, or if Alexander Bell and Thomas Edison had stopped moving forward with their ideas on sound and light. Today, where would we be if numerous innovators in medicine, science, and technology had not taken a risk?     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Showing gratitude in business- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT This week we celebrate Thanksgiving across America and pause to join with family and friends on this unique national holiday to thank our Divine Creator for the innumerable blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great country. I feel fortunate every day to wake up in a free land where we enjoy a government of the people, by the people and for the people. I am profoundly grateful for the right to own property, to engage in free enterprise and to live in a society governed by justice and the rule of law. I know of no other country on earth that facilitates the depth and breadth of opportunities for its citizens to maximize one's potential. The gratitude I feel for the Founding Fathers of America is incalculable. Today, as a businessman, I wish to express appreciation to the individuals in our lives that have and continue to contribute to our economic prosperity.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   The 4 stages for a business to raise funds- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 9:49 p.m. MDT I read recently that entrepreneurs and small business owners feel their biggest challenge is raising money and finding the funds necessary to grow their businesses. I'm an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist. In these roles I've learned and experienced the highs and lows of looking for money to grow my own businesses. I also understand what investors are looking for before committing to giving businesses money. These two roles have enabled me to develop some simple tips to help guide entrepreneurs through the fund raising process. To begin, please note that there are several sources for money. In most cases it's best to match the right source of money with the current stage of the business. These stages include the following:     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Who will be the next Steve Jobs- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 8:44 p.m. MDT Steve Jobs was a great businessman, entrepreneur and technologist. Since his death there have been numerous stories about his legacy and accomplishments. I've been asked several times who will be the next Steve Jobs. It's a very good question, and as I've thought about it I've come to the conclusion that the next great titan of industry will posses 12 key attributes that are fundamental to world-class success. These are: A fantastic idea: A great entrepreneur clearly sees and understands the needs of potential customers and has in his or her mind a disruptive and highly innovative competitive replacing solution to meet said needs. The entrepreneur also has a vision of the future and sees the needs even before the customers realize it.     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Taking on a new worker? Employ the 7 C's of hiring- By Alan Hall, for the Deseret News Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 8:12 p.m. MDT Over the course of my career, I've hired thousands of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success; others just didn't work out. Unfortunately, I can never run for governor. Employees don't vote for managers who fired them, and I've fired way too many. In most cases, I was the problem. Those terminated were good people. I just did not know how to properly hire new employees. Wishing to do a better job at this task, I have been a student, over the years, seeking information on how I might improve the hiring process. Today, I am pleased to share with you what I have learned..........     to read more see this article in the Deseret News.   Listening to customers helps set vision and strategy for a business- By Alan Hall, For the Deseret News Published: Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 8:08 p.m. MDT  Companies tend to focus too much on their product or service, forgetting to listen to what their customers are telling them. The goal for any business is to make money, but that goal is more easily attained when you listen to your customers and know and understand what their needs are. The best way to do that is by listening to what they tell you. More often than not, in the course of a conversation, a customer will divulge information that is vital to your overall success. Listed below are some key items to listen for while talking to a client....... to continue reading visit the Deseret News.

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