11 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Michael Dell
1. Think Big - In college, Michael Dell said he wanted to "beat IBM." While you may not desire to take your small business to such heights, be sure not to limit what you might achieve.
2. Draw Your Own Map - Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson?each took a different approach to doing better what someone else was doing. Blaze your own trail to success.
3. Learn From Mistakes - Every company makes big ones - including Dell - and the best use mistakes as opportunities to grow and improve their people, products and services.
4. Simplify - Great leaders have a great ability to break big things into small parts. Share your vision and the steps for getting there with your small business team?in language they understand.
5. Read - Michael Dell said, "Just work to understand the world around you. Read books. Read websites. Read other people...then build a vision of how it could all be better?"
6. Open New Doors - Dell continues to innovate?offering cameras, printers, MP3 players, TVs and other electronics. Look for ways to increase what you provide current and future customers.
7. Cultivate Relationships - "There's no such thing as a self-made success," Michael Dell said. The best opportunity you have to grow your small business is by widening your network.
8. Seek Harmony - Michael Dell is married with four children, and, when asked about his legacy, said, "That this is a guy who was a great dad and a great husband."
9. Strategize - With 40,000 employees, Michael Dell admits his ability to impact any other area besides strategy is relatively small. Take time to think about the direction of your small business, because no one knows how to get there better than you.
10. It's All About Winning - Not about victory over opponents, Michael Dell said; it's about winning the "contest with your own potential" to achieve all you can in life.
11. Don't Be The Smartest Person In The Room - "And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people?or find a different room," said Michael Dell. Surround yourself with talented people.
The Coach, David Handler, is the founder of Success Handler, (www.successhandler.com">http://www.successhandler.com), and specializes in helping small business leaders find clarity and take action. He understands the challenges of running a business, because he's been there - as a small business owner, franchisee, franchisor, corporate leader and trainer. Much like sports coaches, his coaching will show you how to compete on a level playing field in your industry.
Botswana will help repatriate citizens stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, with more than 100 due to arrive on Wednesday from Ethiopia, president Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Saturday.
Botswana ended a 48-day lockdown a week ago, allowing businesses and schools to reopen under strict conditions but its borders are still closed with only returning citizens and essential goods allowed in, according to Reuters.
Romanian prime minister Ludovic Orban paid a 3,000 lei fine ($690) on Saturday for breaking his own coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask and smoking indoors, state news agency Agerpres said.
A picture which went viral on social media shows Orban in his office, sitting around a table with several other cabinet members, smoking a cigarette while none of them wore masks. Their masks were thrown on the table.
This picture of #Romania's PM Ludovic Orban and several cabinet members drinking and smoking inside the gov HQ during the pandemic did not go well on social media posted on Facebook by a member of the opposition (PSD) pic.twitter.com/0QuvE3TfId
Scientists claim to have found more clues about how the new coronavirus could have spread from bats through pangolins and into humans, as India reported its worst single-day rise in new cases, and the number of Covid-19 infections worldwide neared 6 million.
Writing in the journal Covid-19 Science Advances, researchers said an examination of the closest relative of the virus found that it was circulating in bats but lacked the protein needed to bind to human cells. They said this ability could have been acquired from a virus found in pangolins â a scaly mammal that is one of the most illegally trafficked animals in the world.
Horse racing will be first sport to resume on Monday
Premier League season set to restart on 17 June
âThe British sporting recovery has begun,â declared the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, as he announced that professional sport in England can resume from Monday, paving the way for the first domestic live action in almost three months.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street press briefing, Dowden said the government had settled on a set of strict conditions that must be followed for sports to be allowed to return behind closed doors. The rules form stage three of the process of bringing sport back from the coronavirus lockdown. Stage two, which allowed for close-contact training for elite athletes, was published last Monday.
Samantha Power also tells online Hay festival that former US administration underestimated how âripped offâ Americans felt, and discounts possibility of Michelle Obama as vice-president
The US has shown âgross incompetence âŠ at the highest levelsâ in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Samantha Power, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama.
Speaking to Philippe Sands for the online version of the Hay festival, Power said that Donald Trumpâs administration had failed to learn from the countries hit by the coronavirus before the US.
As Madridâs spring evenings warm into summer nights, cinema-goers are parking up to watch Grease. In Munich, they are taking al fresco seats to follow the adventures of a communist kangaroo with a penchant for boozy chocolates, and in Prague they are witnessing a croaky vigilante work out some profound childhood traumas.
As Europe begins to stir from its Covid-19 lockdown, people bloated by two-month boxset binges have a new way to feed their entertainment needs as they emerge, blinking, into the daylight. Or, rather, the twilight.
Criticism follows the US president accusing Beijing of breaking its word over Hong Kong for imposing national security laws
Senior Hong Kong government officials have criticised moves by Donald Trump to strip the city of its special status in a bid to punish China for imposing national security laws on the global financial hub.
Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters on Saturday that Hong Kongâs government could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.
As people protest across the US, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have offered divergent responses that point to a divisive political debate on race relations
Riots in Minneapolis and across the US triggered by video footage showing George Floyd, a black man, killed under the knee of a police officer, has caused a dramatic shift in the national political debate in America and thrust race to the center of the stage.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered divergent responses that point to an even more divisive political debate on race relations and between Democrats and Republicans playing out in the months ahead.
Twitter responded to the presidentâs post, which suggested violence against protesters, by hiding it behind a warning label
As Twitter for the second time in a single week took unprecedented action against a tweet by Donald Trump, Facebook declined to take any enforcement action against the presidentâs statements.
Trumpâs threatening statement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Thursday night, âAny difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,â echoed a racist 1960s police chief known for ordering patrols of black neighborhoods with shotguns and dogs. It was widely interpreted as a threat and potential incitement to violence against residents of the Twin Cities who have erupted in protest against the alleged police killing of George Floyd, a black man who begged for his life as a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Officers chased man suspected of carrying a pistol in Old City amid heightened tensions
Israeli police officers have shot dead a Palestinian they suspected was carrying a weapon in Jerusalemâs Old City, but the man was later found to have been unarmed, Israeli media reported.
âPolice units on patrol spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol,â the police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. âThey called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot. During the chase officers also opened fire at the suspect.â
Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AI
Dozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software.
Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoftâs MSN website and its Edge browser â used by millions of Britons every day â have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs.
Erika Shields says angry reaction is understandable as governor declares state of emergency
After hours of peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, some demonstrators in downtown Atlanta turned violent on Friday night, smashing police cars, spray-painting a sign at CNN headquarters and breaking into restaurants and stores.
The crowd pelted officers with bottles, chanting âQuit your jobs.â
The Senakw development aims to ease the cityâs chronic housing crisis â and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatible
The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.
This is not any old swath of underused space, however. Itâs one of Canadaâs smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence market
The futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is âDelivering smilesâ. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the campus at various stages of its construction.
Built on nine acres in this Indian cityâs financial district, it is Amazonâs single largest building globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. It can house over 15,000 employees, but its size is its main architectural feature: it resembles the same cube of glass steel and chrome seen in corporate offices across Hyderabad, though a flash of magenta reflected in one of the top floor windows, from a billowing sari across the road, is a nice Indian touch.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck stateâs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israelâs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders â a bus service that runs at weekends.
Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. âItâs a pleasure,â said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. âItâs a blessed initiative.â
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the countryâs plastic waste problem â and their novel idea is catching on
On bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadavâs main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff of fairytales.
But last week, Yadav was sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, over a piping hot meal of dal, aloo gobi, poppadoms and rice. He earned the food in exchange for bringing in 1kg of plastic waste. âThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,â he said.
When Noopur Rajeâs husband fell critically ill with Covid-19 in mid-March, she did not suspect that she too was infected with the virus.
Raje, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, had been caring for her sick husband for a week before driving him to an emergency centre with a persistently high fever. But after she herself had a diagnostic PCR test â which looks for traces of the Sars-CoV-2 virus DNA in saliva â she was astounded to find that the result was positive.
Group of mainly French and Vietnamese nationals accused of organising migrantsâ journey from Asia
Thirteen suspects arrested by French police over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated lorry in Essex have been charged with people trafficking and manslaughter, a judicial source has said.
Six of the group â mainly Vietnamese and French nationals â were taken into custody on Tuesday in the Paris region, while the alleged key figure in the ring of smugglers was caught in Germany.
Birth motherâs legal battle to bring back son from US highlights flaws in system that allows children to be taken abroad
When Mugalu* was adopted, his birth family says they were told they would still be able to speak to him regularly and he would come back for visits. âThey said we would be one big happy family,â says his mother, Sylvia, wiping away tears.
But Sylvia, 40, has not seen her son since he was adopted from Uganda almost seven years ago by an American couple. She is now fighting to get her son back, taking her case to the high court in Uganda and exploring her legal options in the US.
Bostonâs mayor used emphatic language when hosting a prayer vigil to honour the memory of George Floyd. Marty Walsh, who hosted the vigil alongside Bostonâs police commissioner, described Floydâs death as a âmurderâ. Derek Chauvin, the police officer captured on video kneeling on Floydâs neck before his death, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter but has yet to face trial.
Thank you to the clergy for leading us in prayer as we honor the memory of George Floyd, and reflect on his murder. Now is a time for all of us to stand together and work toward justice. To view the ceremony or read my full remarks, visit https://t.co/3qvPiPTyLn
The capsule carrying the astronauts on the SpaceX mission has successfully separated from its rocket and is now on its way to the International Space Station. The capsules crew of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will now use thrusters to steer their way to the space station. The journey will take them around 19 hours.
An 80% tariff on barley means switching to other crops or finding alternative markets. But at least thereâs been rain
The timing was exquisite. Just as many Australian farmers had mostly finished sowing, Beijingâs 80% tariff imposed on our second biggest crop â barley â hit like a tonne of bricks.
All the industry players acknowledge this was a long running dispute that began two years ago. Beijing doesnât like our anti-dumping measures and is unhappy that Australia has failed to treat its biggest trading partner as a market economy, as agreed in the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Group facing allegations that auditors are being duped in Costa Rica, where undocumented workers are being exploited
The Rainforest Alliance, one of the worldâs most recognisable ethical certification schemes, is facing allegations of labour exploitation, use of illegal agrochemicals and the concealment of hundreds of undocumented workers at some of the pineapple plantations it certifies in Costa Rica.
Rainforest Alliance-certified pineapples are sold in their millions at a premium price to consumers across the UK and Europe on the promise that they have been grown and harvested according to strict ethical and environmental standards.
The cemeteries of El Fasher are now watched over by Sudanese police guards, posted to stop a surge in rushed burials.
The townâs elderly are reportedly dying at such an alarming rate that the government has now banned funerals without death certificates as it investigates the cause, and has placed the state of North Darfur on lockdown.
Prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been lauded for his democratic reforms. But Amnesty International are now urging him to investigate allegations of serious human rights abuses
Ethiopiaâs Nobel peace prize-winning prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been urged to investigate allegations that state security forces have committed a raft of serious human rights abuses including torture and unlawful killings since he came to power in 2018.
According to a report by Amnesty International, published on Friday, Ethiopiaâs military and police in its two most populous regions arbitrarily detained more than 10,000 people, summarily evicted whole families from their homes â some of which were burnt and destroyed â and in some cases were complicit in inter-communal violence targeting minorities.
In 2014, Michael Brownâs killing by white police prompted talk of reform â but the country has failed to stanch the bleeding
After the African American teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, the epidemic of police violence against people of color in the US captured national and global attention, for a time.
Protests over killing of George Floyd highlight reality of tensions in the Twin Cities
It has been called the âMinnesota paradoxâ. The Twin Cities, comprising the conjoined urban areas of Minneapolis and St Paul, regularly tops the list of places in the US with the best quality of living.
Largely low rise and sprawling, set around the citiesâ lakes and the Mississippi, the area is marked by affordable and largely good quality housing with lawns, parks, museums and tree-lined streets.
With countries all over the world affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the US has emerged as a global hotspot. The Trump administration has been criticized for being slower to act than other countries. The US currently leads the world in both confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.
Itâs important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures.
Beijing says the legislation is meant to stop subversion, terrorism and secessionism as well as foreign interference that could endanger national security. In the aftermath of the increasingly violent mass protests last year, Chinaâs government has said such laws are urgently needed to plug Hong Kongâs ânational security loopholeâ. The legislation will be written in Beijing and directly added into Hong Kongâs de facto constitution, known as the basic law.
Asked whether people in authority should obey the rules imposed in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said: âIn my opinion the rules are clear and they have always been clear. In my opinion they are for the benefit of all. And in my opinion they apply to all.â
Van-Tam emphasised the government would have to make changes slowly and people would have to stick to physical distancing rules to contain the spread of the virus
Protests against police brutality ignited across the US overnight and into Saturday morning following the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.
Demonstrators chanted 'hands up, don't shoot' and 'I can't breathe' as they clashed with police
Activist Van Jones has said that the killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday night after a white police officer knelt on his neck, was a 'lynching'.
In the aftermath, protests have flared up across the US with people demanding justice and systemic change to end police brutality. The CNN political commentator added that everyone should: 'Look in the mirror at how you choke off black opportunity'
Cities across the US have been convulsed by protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after being arrested and handcuffed by a white officer who then kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Floyd pleaded that he 'could not breathe' and among his last words were 'don't kill me'.
The incident has caused a reckoning over race and police killings of black Americans - and demonstrations have spread from Minnesota to other parts of the US including New York, Denver, Chicago and Oakland
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