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Business Change Management

Business Change Management

How To Make Your Startup A Success When You're Over 50 

On Mar 15, 2018 9:44:25 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups

Can you continue to be a valuable contributor to society after you've passed your 50th (or 60th or even 70th) birthday? Can you still be a startup entrepreneur? Yes! Because guess what? I'm doing it.

In a recent article I wrote for Home Business Magazine, I talk about the exhilaration as well as the pitfalls of re-entering the marketplace after you have retired, or if you never left it in the first place. Below are highlights from the article. To read it in full, click here.

The value of being “over 50”

1. Experience counts

Don’t discount your experiences. While you might not have skills associated with fast-moving new technologies, you do know how to deal with people. These make you very valuable. You just need to know how to sell what you know.

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Terrific Websites to Empower Successful Women Entrepreneurs

On Feb 27, 2018 8:40:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Andrea Simon, women entrepreneurs, business innovation, The Simon Initiative

 

Whether you’ve been in business a long time or are an aspiring business owner, you’ll discover how powerful and empowering it is to be supported by your fellow female entrepreneurs as you navigate your way through the complexities of entrepreneurship as a woman in today’s world.

We’ve put together a list of incredible websites with the mission to empower women entrepreneurs on their journey to success. You may be ready to grow an innovative business to reach your pinnacle of success.

The list below shows you the wide range of missions for these leaders. From the stories you will see on She Owns It to the EveryGirl that might just be you looking for the inspiration to live that great life. Take it from two life-long entrepreneurs. It is a great journey. One we love to share.

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Who Says You Have To Retire? Not Me!

On Aug 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs

Retirement...that wonderful state of being that millions of people look forward to and cannot wait to start enjoying. Not me! Although I am well past the age when I could start receiving Social Security checks, I am far from ready to retire. Why? Because life is too exciting to sit around twiddling my thumbs. Besides, I still have a lot of work to do, as I explain in a recent article I wrote for Successful Business News. (Read it here.) Is anyone out there like me?

I still like the challenges of the business world.

Yes, I still get high building revenues and generating profits. And if I can’t do it for myself, I enjoy helping someone else do it.

But if you're considering re-entering the workplace, or like me, are not ready to leave it, hold on. It's not as easy as you might think. So before plunging headlong into a new venture, pause and consider this 7-point check list:

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A Powerful Checklist For Entrepreneurial Success

On May 3, 2017 3:04:28 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, business growth strategies, Corporate Culture

I have been both a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur for most of my life. The difference being that I have set up new businesses both inside and outside of corporations. While there are many similarities, there are also differences—namely, working with and without corporate support. And both have advantages and disadvantages. But for today, I would like to focus on the commonalities.

5 critical issues that strongly affect business success

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Entrepreneurs: Think "Business Culture" First, Not Last!

On Mar 16, 2017 11:07:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Andrea Simon, Culture Change, Corporate Anthropology, Corporate Culture

 

At SAMC, one of our driving passions is helping entrepreneurs succeed. Not long ago, we were working with one such entrepreneur who had asked us to evaluate his business in the event marketing industry. While the company was highly creative and doing well, the problems seemed to stem from a recurring pattern of turnover (among the creative leaders, the controller, the new business developers) and workplace disenchantment. People came and went through a proverbial revolving door.

From our client's perspective, the challenge was how to hire the right people to support the company's rapid growth, but we could see that the culture he had created seemed to foster employee disarray. Was the problem in the business segment itself, as the CEO thought? Or was the problem the CEO himself (as we wondered)? Or, perhaps, was it the company's culture? And if so, was this a good time for changing that culture?

Could a little anthropology help build a better corporate culture?

For this particular entrepreneur, culture was an elusive "thing" that he knew he should pay attention to. However, he wasn’t sure what his culture actually was, much less why it would lead to so many people coming and going.

As we began our work with him, we could tell that the problem was a little of everything, which is what an organization's culture is all about. 

Could this business leader address his challenges if he saw them with fresh eyes?

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Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture?

On Jul 9, 2016 12:39:42 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs

Building a successful business doesn’t always go in a straight line. Even in failure, hopefully there are some positive outcomes. Perhaps the best of these are “lessons learned”!

Case in point: A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in Becker’s Hospital Review entitled, “Sometimes You are Ahead of the Curve: 4 lessons from a Failed Price Transparency Venture” that I’d like to expand upon here.

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Starting or Growing a Business: Three Valuable Lessons

On Apr 1, 2016 9:02:08 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups

Over the past 60 days, I wrote several blogs that were essentially about startups. The first was about starting a business while working at another. The second was about four do and don’ts if you have retired and think you might want to go back into businessHappily, people read my blogs and commented. That’s nice but could I say more? And since the underlying theme dealt with entrepreneurship and starting a business, I reflected on what I’ve said in the past.

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Starting A New Business After Retiring? Four Do's and Four Don'ts

On Mar 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Start-up Companies



Last month I wrote a blog entitled: "Starting a Business While Working at Another." I received a terrific response with a large number of reads and "shares," which prompted me to write this one, offering top tips I would share with anyone trying to start a new business, particularly after retiring. 

So if you are thinking about un-retiring and might be in the start-up mode, here are some critical do's and don'ts to think about before launching yourself (again).

Four things To Do when you are thinking about going into business again

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Starting A New Business? 8 Keys To Make It A Success.

On Feb 8, 2016 12:10:00 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled, Starting a Business While Working at Another. I was pretty surprised to see the type of response I received to this blog. It generated a tremendous number of new Likes on both Facebook and Twitter.

That got me thinking about what people really want to read about. Was it the experience of starting a new business? Was it my personal trials and errors? Who knows, but the interest in both startups andmy own stories was indeed high.

So what was I going to write about next?

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Starting A Business While Working At Another

On Jan 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Entrepreneurs, Change Management, Start-up Companies

I can’t tell you why but somehow I found myself on Fortune.com (December 28, 2015) and found an article entitled “The Best Way to Run a Startup With a Full-Time Job” by Belma McCaffrey, co-founder and CEO of Bould.

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