The Power of Loose Networks

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The Power of Loose Networks

People who are on the fringes of your network can actually be more valuable to you than those closer to you. Those on the fringes - referred to by academics as ‘loose networks’ - can bring fresh ideas and plug you into more marketplaces. 

‘Loose network’ builders push boundaries in their networking just as they do in their business. Its real power comes from meeting people outside your sector, outside your geography, outside your seniority, and outside your income bracket. That way, when an opportunity arises – no matter how left-field – you’ll be equipped to tap into your network. 

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How Property Tech is reinventing both sides of the industry

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How Property Tech is reinventing both sides of the industry

2014 in particular saw the commercial, but also the residential property market go into hyperdrive, with property values going through the roof and the London residential market alone hitting a valuation of £1.5 trillion. 

We need replastering, not just another lick of paint. Given the vivacity of the market it is surprising, then, that we are an industry that has been slow to adapt to change. Much like in the financial industry, the slow and sometimes antiquated legal, financial and brokering sides of the industry are the cause of frustration, delays, and broken deals.
 

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In Business, too many chefs spoil the broth

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In Business, too many chefs spoil the broth

‘A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion’ - Grantland Rice

The success of any organisation depends on the effectiveness of the decisions made. There have been many debates on the effectiveness of individual decision-making over group decision-making. My view is that ‘too many chefs spoil the broth’. Despite my strong feelings on this subject, I’m also of the view that you don’t want to build a team where everyone’s in agreement either. Having people to challenge you is something that a dynamic leader should welcome and embrace. After all, if you’re hiring A-players, they’re not there just to be ‘worker bees’. 

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Hip Hop Billionaire:  Don't Forget About Dre

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Hip Hop Billionaire: Don't Forget About Dre

Those that grow up with nothing often develop a deep-rooted drive which cannot be understood by those that haven't experienced the grit and gravel of real hardship. This is one of the central principles of frugal innovation.  When the human mind is presented with constraints - financial or otherwise - we learn to access recesses of our brain never previously used. 

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Property 3.0: The Emergence of a New Movement

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Property 3.0: The Emergence of a New Movement

In 2007, two young entrepreneurs named Cheskey and Gebbia withdrew the last few dollars from their accounts. With an immediate need to pay rent to a landlord that was quickly losing his patience, the two young upstarts were struggling badly as their world began to crumble. 

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The Global Entrepreneur: Part One

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The Global Entrepreneur: Part One

After spending early childhood in Brussels, Belgium, completing secondary school at an American international school in Pakistan, surfing through university and my early career in Los Angeles, and now living in London - when people ask me where I'm from, I don't quite know what to say.  The most natural response is that "I'm a global citizen" with allegiances not necessarily to a country but more to values and causes that are important to me personally.  It may sound a bit nebulous, but I don't think I'm alone in my views on global citizenship.  I'm convinced there is a growing base of youngish entrepreneurs in major metropolitan cities like London who'll give you an equally enigmatic response.

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Mark Zuckerberg: The Rise of the Changemaker

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Mark Zuckerberg: The Rise of the Changemaker

Taken straight from Facebooks business plan, the above mission statement represents an emerging mantra held by today's technology entrepreneurs. Social purpose is becoming increasingly intertwined with business identity. It seems the new generation of entrepreneurs have evolved. What has emerged is a breed of ultra-bright, globally minded, new-generation leaders driven by far more than profit generation.

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Jay Z: From Rapper to Business Mogul

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Jay Z: From Rapper to Business Mogul

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter grew up travelling the New York subway on the J-Z line - dreaming about a life of accolade and achievement. It was in his formative years that he found focus, developed a sharp mind and laid the foundations for his future success. His unshakable confidence and determined business savvy far exceeded that of his peers and he grew tired of their lack of productivity. His entrepreneurial attributes, musical ability and determination for success was palpable and developing rapidly.

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Entrepreneurial Wisdom from Art and the Army

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Entrepreneurial Wisdom from Art and the Army

"A great commander is judged by his absence." This wise old proverb has been used for many years by various armed forces around the world as a measure of great leadership. When one of my business partners (a former IDF lieutenant) used this phrase in the context of business management last week, it got me thinking. In the modern business world - young leaders-in-the-making yearn the company where seasoned, incumbent leaders can nurture their growth.

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Backing the Unemployables

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Backing the Unemployables

After closely analysing my working history - a history which spanned across several continents and various unrelated sectors - my career guidance councillor said these words: “You’re unemployable.” During my MBA at Oxford, landing a prestigious job at an elite consulting firm was considered the pinnacle of success - and I had just been told I didn’t fit the mould.

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The Art of the One-Inch Punch: 3 Business Lessons from Bruce Lee

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The Art of the One-Inch Punch: 3 Business Lessons from Bruce Lee

The martial arts require years of patience and discipline to master. Bruce Lee, conceivably the greatest martial artist of all time, dedicated his life to perfecting these methods of self-defense and built a global following for mastering his craft. Not only did he attain unprecedented levels of control of his body, but he also achieved a degree of mental discipline most thought impossible. Such were his levels of speed and prowess it is reported that during the filming of the 1970's classic "Enter the Dragon", Lee had to slow down the pace at which he moved, as the cameras could not capture his speed.

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The Entrepreneurs Diet: 4 Foods to Fuel Your Hunger for Success

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The Entrepreneurs Diet: 4 Foods to Fuel Your Hunger for Success

The body and mind are intricately linked and profoundly complex systems that require constant care and mindfulness. If you disregard one area of your personal biological ecosystem, you may face knock-on effects in a seemingly unrelated area. I've realised that neglecting my health in the race to advance my business is a frivolous shortcut - we are most productive and successful when we are emotionally and physically in top form.

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Camp Millionaire: Nurturing Little Entrepreneurs

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Camp Millionaire: Nurturing Little Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurialism is the ultimate form of independence. Entrepreneurs possess an important set of attributes and skills sets (resilience, resourcefulness, and endurance to name a few) that enable them to survive no matter how bad an economy gets.

Recently, it has been suggested that the entrepreneurial mind is constructed in the formative years of one's life.

A study conducted by Economic Development Quarterly has shown that entrepreneurs are more likely to have been exposed to the arts at a young age. The same study found those who played a musical instrument in their youth are three times more likely to become entrepreneurs. 

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3 Business Lessons from "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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3 Business Lessons from "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Charm and the gift of a persuasive turn of phrase can get you almost anywhere. These skills can land people jobs they otherwise would never have gotten. They can get people elected to government through the power of personality. And, once mastered, these skills can have you perceived by your teams as mesmerizing and inspiring. One character that encapsulates these traits is Jordan Belfort (Di Caprio) in Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

Although "The Wolf" is a deplorable character and a satirical anti-hero, there are lessons to be taken from any man who rises to the top of his profession. 

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Super Smart Homes: How the Internet Will Weave Itself into Everything

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Super Smart Homes: How the Internet Will Weave Itself into Everything

The fact that we are entering a world where the entire home is about to be computerised shows how far we've come since Mr. Ken Olsen, an American entrepreneur known for fostering engineering innovation, made his bold statement in 1977.  Over the next decade, the internet will become increasingly integrated in our homes, with electronic appliances becoming proactive rather than reactive additions to our lives.

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6 Quotes to Inspire Personal Evolution

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6 Quotes to Inspire Personal Evolution

Before embarking on a journey of personal growth, it is important to look to the past for a gauge through which to measure yourself. Go through this process with honesty and humility.  Remove egotism and other crutches of vanity that may impede this important process of self-reflection. This ability to look at oneself from a third party’s perspective is an essential survival skill in our personal and business lives.  Before you are able to grow and evolve- you must have a realistic and “unclouded” perception of yourself.

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5 Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs

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5 Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs

As news spread of his death late last year, Nelson Mandela, the revered anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and human rights activist, was unequivocally heralded as a moral leader and a testament to the power of perseverance.

While taking inspiration from his extraordinary story, I found many examples of emotionally-intelligent entrepreneurial evangelism.

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The Power of Holidays & Day-Dreams

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The Power of Holidays & Day-Dreams

Days spent on the beach, swimming in the ocean, taking in beautiful mountainous scenery or lounging in a hammock day-dreaming are therapeutic for the body, mind and the soul. When entrepreneurs leave their natural habitat, the creative recesses of their minds are rekindled by picturesque surroundings, aimless, unstructured days, and the company of loved ones.

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Gatsby and the Green Light:  4 Business Lessons from The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby and the Green Light: 4 Business Lessons from The Great Gatsby

Since F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his heralded anti-capitalist masterpiece in 1925, it was triumphed as the most important American novel of the 20th century. Earlier this year, director Baz Luhrmann encapsulated the mood of the novel perfectly with his glamorous depiction of Gatsbys conflicted existence at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Many of the themes in the novel still resonate today, albeit 88 years later.

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