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5 must-do’s for an early stage enterprise

An entrepreneur needs talent, idea, perspective, passion and right zeal for the business venture. What else is essential? Business ventures are much more than just a basic revenue generating model. In today’s era we don’t have a dearth of start-ups and potential investors, but there is a list of 5 key points that one must […]
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Category:  Business

5 Financial steps entrepreneurs should consider in 2016

Who doesn’t want their balance sheet to shine this year? Finance has always taken an entrepreneur for a toss. However, small or big the venture, the difficulty of smoothly handling finance is prominent. With a new and fresh strategy, every established entrepreneur is trying to fix issues that have been challenging before. Here are certain […]
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Category:  Business

Enhancing Capabilities through Interaction

Engagement and Interaction is the key to success. It enhances your terms with colleagues, employers, clients and makes an impact. Every entrepreneur wants to aim the big set of goals and achieve them as well. The thumb rule is to plan and follow small effective steps, so that accomplishment becomes easy. In today’s era, where […]
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BELIEF- A Leader’s mantra to success

Manak Singh, Chief Evangelist, ASCENT Belief is one of the strongest Leadership traits and also a Leader’s toughest challenge. An Entrepreneur or a Leader is a key driver of building, injecting and sustaining BELIEF in the purpose, objective or opportunity for which the enterprise journey was started. This happens especially in today’s disruptive times with the many exciting possibilities. So how does […]
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Achieving the Right Target Audience in Five Easy Steps

Business ventures are a path of uncertainties and risks. When it comes to aiming high and reaching the peaks – the task is not an easy one. Product is the strength; after all this is what gives the determination to take off. “Customer is the KING” is an ancient business thumb rule and hence no […]
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What makes and breaks an entrepreneur

Getting started with a venture and taking the long road is a challenging task. One needs the courage and the patience to climb up the ladder and make it a huge success. There are times when one just loses hope and give up, but again there are times when one wants to put in their […]
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Category:  Business

HOW TO NOT LET SUCCESS SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

When it comes to facing challenges, not all of us can do it. The ones who face it and overcome hurdles are remarkable. It is quite fascinating to see the growth graph and how one maintains it. Success is a subjective term, but maintaining it is not an easy affair. A successful entrepreneur has the […]
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How to Start, Run and Grow your own business?

Starting your own business is like raising your child. Seems an easy task at first, but takes out all the efforts and is a path of uncertainties. There are new possibilities cropping up every now and then but you have to decide which works in your favour and which doesn’t. Here are some essentials for […]
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LIFE OF A BUSINESSMAN- the commitments and the sacrifices

This is the era of entrepreneurship and most of us connect to the concept. As per a recent study, 99% of us are born to work under someone while the rest 1% have courage to take their instincts to another level. Times are changing and the numbers of enterprises are growing exponentially. Starting your own […]
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ROLE OF EXECUTION IN STRATEGY PLANNING

Execution: Good execution requires a well built IT Management system, an organisational culture with the involvement of associates like the vendors etc. For a successful Execution of strategy, one need to focus and prepare in advance with a clear goal that can be accomplished, measure your progress from time to time and be accountable for […]
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Strategy is Exciting, Execution is Boring

By Harsh Mariwala, Chairman Marico Ltd. Strategy is exciting, execution is boring. However, both are required for success and are interdependent. Strategy is based on your vision and mission which in turn refers to what one wants to achieve. That is to say– I want to be a market leader in my segment. Strategy should […]
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Disruptive Innovation in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances. The term was defined and phenomenon analyzed by Clayton M. Christensen beginning in 1995. Not all innovations are disruptive though, revolutionary as they might be in […]
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Category:  Entrepreneurship

Transformation Of An Entrepreneur

I would like to express my journey with ASCENT for the last 15 months, through my spiritual coach expression. Growth happens when “what is” transforms. Just the way a seed transforms. Growth comes naturally with transformation and not with transactions; with evolution and not exchange; with merging and not with (having) “more” or by multiplying or […]
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Eight Essentials for Scaling Up Without Screwing Up

Cool new ideas for ground breaking ventures are a dime a dozen. Combined with all the new tech enablers allowing for instant consumer gratification over e-commerce platforms, such as FlipKart and Myntra, make it seem deceptively easy to startup a new venture. The bigger challenge is to startup a big venture that just happens to be small […]
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Leadership in the age of Entrepreneurship

There are as many approaches to the position and power of an organisational leader, as there are leaders. However, the two most successful types (of those researched upon and documented) happen to be the Strategist and the Alchemist. So who are the Strategists? The Strategist The Harvard Business Review tells us that globally Strategists account […]
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Startup to Grown up – Tips for Scaling Your Business

Like all things in life, ‘growth’ of an enterprise comes at a cost. It is the output derived through hard work and efficient planning, in the rather dynamic and an unpredictable market, especially in a developing economy like India. Pramod Bhasin, former CEO of Genpact says that, “the reason many entrepreneurial ventures fail in India […]
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Scaling-up entrepreneurial enterprises – Pitfalls to avoid and lessons to learn

When an entrepreneurial venture is clearly offering solutions to both social and economic challenges, it is inevitable that it be asked to scale-up its operations. However it is certainly not an easy task, even when it clearly stands to benefit the society at large. It is fact there are hundreds of innovation driven enterprises being […]
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ASCENT Trust Group Diaries

This time around, ASCENT Trust Group Diaries features Harshad Daswani and Smriti Dalvi from the super energised Zoomers! The members of this group are an enthusiastic bunch, ever ready to ZOOM in on the next big idea or ZOOM out of the confines of their office for some productive R&R! Smriti elaborates, “We unanimously decided […]
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Developing an Organisational Culture to be proud of

Leadership should not be a solitary act. Leaders need to surround themselves with people who will challenge their ideas, point out their shortcomings, and tell it like it is. To be an effective unit, the management needs to ensure that honest opinions and information reach them. Get your people to bother you by bothering them. […]
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Learnings from a Leader

The Harvard Business Review has recently called forth for more leaders to step out of the cloaks of the regular 9 to 5 rigmarole. Urging youngsters onto a path of self-discovery and social innovation, the acclaimed journal states that NOW is the time to clarify and refine leadership vision for future generations of inspired industrialists. […]
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