A perfect self appraisal!

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There is one Stanford’s Entrepreneurship podcast talked about Vision and Execution. They are trying to find out which one is more important. Their conclusion is execution is the key.

For me, I think Vision and Execution are both important. Vision can create a clear goal for you and ability of execution can help you get there. But lots of times, we are working on something, we do have a clear goal at beginning, but after time goes by, the enviroment changes, our situation changes too. So it is good to have appraisal sometimes to see if we are still aligning to our goal.

Here is a little inspiring story for you, hope it reminds you to take a break and appraise yourself tpp, before you go too far!

A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in ten-digits (phone numbers).

The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:

Boy: ‘Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?

Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’

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Marc Benioff — How salesforce get there!

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I received an interesting email this morning. It is from Marc Benioff, the founder of Salesforce offered to answer some questions of the Startup School community. I got really aspired by it’s 1-1-1 model and it’s company culture. It made me thought a lot.

It is interesting that the other day when I talked to another friend who is also working on a startup. He said: At first, we had a big dream, so we decided to start a company. Then after we started that company, all our goals become survive this startup and keep it runing. It is a little passive way to put it, but it is true that building a startup can be a long long long process. Sometimes we got tired, sometimes we feel dull, sometimes we lost ourselves. Don’t be afraid, it is all normal process of Entrepreneurship.

This beautiful morning, let’s take one step back and look at Entrepreneurship, regarding mentor, regarding your vision, regarding social impact, regarding which kinds of culture you want to build for your company. Marc walked your way through his experience and sharing with us his viewing point on how to build a successful startup!

1. How important are mentors for aspiring entrepreneurs from your personal experience?

I have been very lucky to have had some incredible mentors in my life. I had a fantastic run at Oracle for 13 years, and I consider Larry Ellison a mentor and a chief executive whom I admire for great vision and endurance. General Colin Powell has had a profound influence on my career, and has played a huge role in helping me define the values that have shaped salesforce.com. Powell told me that the “business of business is not just business.” He said that businesses have to have a real sense of social responsibility and give that goal a central place in its values. That led to our 1-1-1 model of integrated social responsibility: one percent of our equity was set aside in a charitable foundation; one percent of paid employee time to community causes; and one percent of our product is used to run non profit organizations. Without the influence of mentors like Powell and Ellison (and many others), salesforce.com would not be the company that it is today.

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Enough is Enough !

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The secret of life is to know when enough is enough.
– Dr. Vincent Ryan

Ok, finally I am back from China! Sorry for the long break, although I enjoyed it very much! :)

The HYSTA‘s annual conference last weekend was a great success. I especially enjoyed the ‘Women in Leadership’ Session I got involved too. Five powerful women was there talked about career, life, family and what make them successful.

When they discussed about balance of life and work. Lilly said, ‘I think everyone has a definition of success. You need to know clearly what do you want in life. And when to going forward and when to going backward’. I felt I got lots of energy when she said it. Lots of time, I swamped myself in too many works. I felt want too much.

So I’d like to share a short article with you in this beautiful Tuesday morning. Hope you enjoy it as I do. It is from the book “Attitudes of Gratitude” by M.J.Ryan: Continue reading