To Lead Or To Follow – Make The Choice

Most people would have us believe that we are either leaders or followers…not both.  But, in reality, we lead in some parts of our lives and we follow in others – it all depends on the “role” we play in that area of our life.  It takes both leaders and followers for the world to function.  If everyone were trying to lead, there would be no one to follow and chaos would ensue.  If everyone followed, we would all wander aimlessly.

It’s the choices we make in our different roles that contribute to our happiness.  For example, if we choose to work in a career where we are “following”, we are more likely to be content in that role.  If we feel like we are stuck in a “follower” role, that’s when restless discontent sets in.  On the flip side, if we are forced into a leadership role where we don’t feel passion and purpose, we may not do our best as leaders – and we’ll look to run as soon as possible.


Crucial Steps to Avoid International Business Meeting Disasters

A successful Asia Pacific Global Entrepreneur may work for months to get the right business contacts and meetings set up prior to getting on an airplane for the long journey to the country selected to do business in.

Assuming that business meetings will be conducted in the same manner as they are at “home” is a big mistake that can thwart success.

Here are some great tips for business meeting preparation, dress, and etiquette:


10 Steps To Successful Business Relationships And Deals In The Asia Pacific Region

Part of doing business overseas is understanding and complying with how business is done “there”…it is not about infusing business customs learned from “here.”

Successful Global Entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific Region adhere to codes and standards for doing business. These codes and standards are centered on networks and relationships…not around transactions.

Here are some great tips for doing business in this region:


7 Keys To Global Business Success That’ll Give You An Edge Over Your Competition

Conducting business globally can be a tremendous boost to your business and your life. A savvy entrepreneur can find an entirely new market for their product or service and reap the benefits of global interconnectedness.

The successful international businessperson will discover that doing business in other countries is different than doing business at home. With careful research and planning, the leap to becoming a Global Entrepreneur can be exciting and rewarding.

Following these tips will help a budding Global Entrepreneur find success overseas:


Think Big—How To Be A Front-Runner In Your Business Today

Whether a business already exists or is still just a big idea in the mind of the dreamer, the need to think beyond geographical boundaries is a must. Our culture would have us follow in history’s footsteps and do business only where we live and, if we’re really adventurous, expand to other cities or states.

But technology and today’s changing economy encourages entrepreneurs to think bigger…much bigger – to think globally and expand into markets that are oceans away. And this global thinking is far above just marketing a business on the World Wide Web and calling it “international.” It’s about expanding the reach of a business to people who may not have exposure to that product or service otherwise.

It’s about building a World Wide Network so strong that borders and boundaries seem to disappear.

For years, big companies have been benefitting from a global presence but small business owners and entrepreneurs have looked at the miles as barriers to their own businesses stretching that far.


Must-Have Survival Tactics For “Little Fish” In Big Seas

With so much advertising “noise”, it is hard for us to get our marketing message heard by the right people at the right time. This is especially true for entrepreneurs and business owners who may be competing with bigger companies that are offering the same or similar products or services. So how can the “little fish in the big sea” survive?

In his book, The Icarus Deception, author Seth Godin talks of a time when obeying the rules would help you excel. When compliance was safe and was a major key to success. But those days are long gone, especially if you have, or want to have, your own company. Building a successful business is not about a widget, gadget, or a whatchamacallit. It’s about only one thing…Connection. Our success is equal to our ability to connect with people in new and different ways. Our success is dependent on building a network of other strong individuals who will contribute to our success and us to theirs.

The good news is that entrepreneurs and small businesses can do this in a way that Big Business never can. Mr. Godin explains that with the changing of the industrial economy being the main driver of the world’s wealth to the “Connection Economy”, there has been a big change in what society values. Across most cultures, the industrial age is being replaced by the originality and art of this new Connection Economy. In the book, he encourages us to embrace ourselves as artists (creative types)…and to know that we are capable of making a difference, of being bold, and of changing more than we’re willing to admit.

As we think about how big our “sphere of influence” is, many of us will limit ourselves to our own town or geographic region. A few of us may stretch ourselves and think beyond our regional boundaries to our own country or maybe even a neighboring country. Even fewer will think globally and succumb to the “I’m just a little fish in a big sea” philosophy.

But in this Connection Economy, we know that being new and creative is the only way to be seen and heard and that if we want to make an impact on the world, we have to be out in the world. Inspiration can come from a variety of sources but the most powerful source is our own experiences. Imagine the possibilities when we take those experiences and share them across borders and oceans and cultures. Imagine connecting with other entrepreneurs who are eager to contribute to your success and you feel the same about them.


12 Tips On How To Make Business Travel Smoother And Stress-Free

So the decision has been made to at least check out taking your business international.  Travel plans have been made and meetings scheduled.  Here are some tips on how to make international business travel less stressful so you can focus on building your new global business.


7 Characteristics Of Business Icons And Innovators (Which Ones Do You Have?)

Do you ever wonder why successful people are successful?  What makes them any different from us?  Are they smarter?  Do they have more education?  Were they born with some kind of skill or gift that we didn’t get?  Did they learn different stuff in school?

There are distinctive characteristics of global business icons and successful innovators – and none of these “markers” are so exclusive that you can’t possess them, too.

These icons and innovators:


The Global Marketplace – Not Just For Big Business Anymore!

You may think that only big businesses can go global. That only the big players have the resources to do business in other countries and are the only organizations that can reap the benefits of having a world-wide marketplace.

The good news is that this isn’t true in today’s world! The time has come for businesses of all sizes to comprehend the importance of connecting globally to increase their own business and take collective responsibility for the well-being of all people on Earth.

Just imagine being able to take your product or service where billions of people live…to introduce what could be a new and innovative product that could change the way others live their daily lives or run their businesses.

World economies are already connected and big companies are already benefitting from global interconnectedness. Why shouldn’t entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to these same benefits…the benefits of widening their target market to an international level?


Meet our Instructors: Randolph Craft

Randolph Craft comes from a richly varied professional background. Born in the mid-west in 1946, he became an entrepreneur at the age of eight selling cook books door to door. He was class president several times during his youth and won many awards in debate, extemporaneous speaking, and drama. Undergraduate work was at the U. of Illinois, and the U. of Hawaii. He has worked professionally as an entertainer, was in the Honolulu restaurant industry for 7 years, participated in the real estate and securities industry, and in 1971, founded Architectural Aesthetics which provides interior architectural design and specialty construction services in Hawaii and the mainland.

He also a instructor for entrepreneurs to teach them practical and time-tested techniques to become super organized and super productive. Be it finding valuable personal time in the middle of a busy day or completing necessary tasks on tight deadlines, you’ll learn how to plan effectively and maximize their time and efficiency!

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