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Keeping your entrepreneurial ego in check

Thursday, 10 May 2012 | By Oliver Milman

weekend-reads-lionIs your entrepreneurial ego out of control? Do you think you’ve never failed to land a sale but you’ve pitched to a lot of stupid people? Do you sneer at other, inexplicably lucky, businesses?


If that sounds like you, it’s time to read Inc.’s entertaining 25-point guide to the business megalomaniac. If you nod sagely at all 25, then the ego has definitely landed.


On the other hand, if you’re too timid to even speak up about your business, you have other, equally serious problems. To help you get back on the right track, here are three top public speaking tips.


If inspiration from those who have been there and done it in the business world would help you more, why not read these selected quotes from the likes of Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey to new graduates.


While Mark Zuckerberg is undoubtedly the public face of a newly-public Facebook, there are a number of other people who made the social networking behemoth the site it is today.


Indeed, many of them didn’t even feature in the Social Network film. Here are the top 10 drivers of Facebook’s success thus far. 


Of course, while having a solid team behind you is important, every business needs a leader. Check out these 10 pointers on how to become an effective motivator of your workforce.


Building a business to the point of a hefty payday is something that most entrepreneurs dream of. But what happens if the business suddenly haemorrhages a whopping five million of its customers post-sale, as Draw Something recently did?


At least the Zynga-owned business hasn’t had to put up with too many copycats, as many start-ups have to do. Here, Pinterest’s founder explains how you should deal with mimicry.


Finally, does your sales operation appeal to older shoppers? If not, why are you shunning the grey dollar? Here are five top tips to get baby boomers buying from you.