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The Business Falcons

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By Okello Okello

Falcons are a species of birds commonly referred to as Hawks. Hawks are characterized by sharp talons, large, curved bill and muscular legs. They use their sharp bill to bite and tear the pray and this makes them the best hunting birds ever known. Most entrepreneurs involuntarily act like falcons hence the title “Business Falcons.” So in what ways are entrepreneurs like falcons?

1. Vision.

Falcons have excellent eye sight, they can see up to 8 times further than human eyes sight. This helps with accuracy when sporting a pray. They can identify the difference between a rock and a mouse when they are over 100 feet in the sky. Visionary leaders also see opportunities that lie miles away from them. That is what drives them to take an action to either bring change or start something new. As an entrepreneur, always know what you are going…

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“I Am” Says Armel

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Since the last time we  interviewed him on Dossier Magazine for my premier music video “Somewhere In America Freestyle”, many things changed. He now have attained management under Emmanuel Gustave; Former INBA Olympia champion out of Ottawa. He has also acquired a full team of artists from all over Ontario working as one unit under the name “The Movement” in order to make their dream a reality.

The Movement is a brand name that properly represents the vision of success that many modern day adolescents refrain from pursuing. “The Movement” defines the dreams that they all held to, regardless of counter opinions that may have arose. They are in its entirety a team of young educated Canadian artists, all from different walks of life, here to spread a message of consciousness in their pursuit of happiness.

Their current means of production is through Hip Hop, Media, and fashion. On the Hip Hop side, they withhold a well-respected local young artist, by the name of Armel, and a talented producer named Kenardo “Nardo” Mclean. Also within their roster they have a promising DJ from Mississauga, by the name of KB. Starting in small parties, KB is now a member of “Music Unlimited DJ Services” making his talent known through “The Movement”. On the fashion aspect of things they have 2 aspiring designers and stylists, Malcolm “Mute” and Zoravar “Maserati”.

Mute and Maserati are experienced in the attainment of high fashion, often getting the attention of professional artists for fashion means. Mute and Maserati are also the designers of the trademark “The Movement” baseball jerseys. On the media side of things they have CJ (Phreshi), who is our network coordinator and last but not the least we also have the pleasure of acquiring a very talented photographer by the name of Siamak. Equipped with top equipment for the job Siamak gives a professional look to The Movement and through The Movement branches out into his own inquiry.

With the launch of “The Movement” He (Armel) has launched an introductory song on soundcloud titled “I AM” that is receiving nothing but the greatest of reviews.

You can find his new song on the link below.


Confrontational Leadership

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By Okello Okello

This is not to be confused with arrogance. What I simply mean by confrontational is the ability to oppose or challenge directly the action or authority of someone. I also should make it clear to you that personality contributes a lot when it comes to being a confrontational leader.

Even though most entrepreneurs shy away from this type of leadership, it can mostly benefit the organization if handled with care because there is a very fine line separating it from arrogance. While arrogance holds the intent of superiority and recklessness, confrontation has an intent to question the credibility of an action and how it is benefiting the entire organization.

In my daily life, I do not like confrontations of any kind but one of my business friends, a fellow school mate and an entrepreneur once taught me that it is never wrong to question what is wrong…

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Rules from the Men Side

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Via, Standard Digital

There are rules that run the world. Then there are rules that women deliberately create to curb the liberal behaviours of men. It’s more like a reference book, a mini-constitution that men are supposed to bow to.

Men, as far as I know, are more liberal and would not really care to follow rules in relationships. Not that it’s a bad thing only that, my friend Ryan, argues that they could have better things to do. I wasn’t really listening to him, until he told me that as a man, I had to be organized, and have rules to present to women. .

Thinking about it, I totally agree. I am a convert, and as man, here are some rules that he sent  me. He insisted that these are rules that women should know men have by default.

He in fact said that they should memorize as many as they can. So women know that:

1. Men are not mind readers.

2. Shopping is not a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

3. Please,you should know that crying is blackmail.

4. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

5. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

6. Come to us with a problems only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

7. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

8. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys..

9. If something we said can be interpreted in two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

10. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

11. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

12. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

13. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

15. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” We will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

16. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

17. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football, cars, bikes or games

18. You have enough clothes and too many shoes.

20. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, if you tell these rules to your woman, you may be forced to have to sleep on the couch tonight, courtesy of the rules; But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

As  we digest the rules, its pretty clear, the game is changing in relationships, there are new rules in town. But as far as relationships are concerned, this is how every man think in his relationships.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

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Via Entrepreneur By Laura Entis

The best interview questions provide insight into a potential hire’s thought process, critical thinking skills and overall personality, instead of just a rehearsed list of achievements accomplished and lessons learned.

Rate-your-company startup Glassdoor recently compiled a list of the top 25 oddball questions that businesses like Yahoo, Airbnb and UrbanOutfitters routinely ask interviewees.

“It’s helpful for both job seekers and employers to familiarize themselves with the downright weird interview questions that are being used to identify great candidates,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert.

From the employer’s side, Dobroski says, unexpected questions are a good tactic for forcing job candidates to think on their feet.

And for potential hires? It’s a chance to think outside the box because a bad response is often the expected response. One of Dobroski’s favorite questions on the list this year comes from the American Heart Association, which asks interviewees: What is the color of money?

“The worst answer you can give is either,’ I don’t know,’ or ‘Green,'” he says. “It’s OK to answer a question with a question, or ask for a clarification.” For example, “‘Are you talking about the color of money in the UK? India? In Bitcoins?’ In this case, there’s obviously not one correct reply.”

Here are 25 oddball questions that companies are asking to freshen up the interview process.

1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” — The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.

2. “How lucky are you and why?” — Airbnb, Content Manager interview.

3. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” — Apple, Specialist interview.

4. “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” — Red Frog Events, Event Coordinator interview.

5. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” — Dell, Account Manager interview.

6. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” —Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.

7. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” — Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview.

8. “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” — Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview.

9.”Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” — Xerox, Client Manager interview.

10.”What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” — ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.

11. “How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S.?” — Factual, Software Engineer interview.

12. “How honest are you?” — Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interview.

13. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” — Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interview.

14. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?”  — LivingSocial, Consumer Advocate interview.

15.”If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” — McKinsey & Company, Associate interview.

16. “You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” — Urban Outfitters Sales Associate interview.

17. “How does the internet work?” — Akamai, Director interview.

18. “If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?” –SinglePlatform, Inside Sales Consultant interview.

19. “What’s the color of money?” — American Heart Association, Project Manager interview.

20. “What was the last gift you gave someone?” — Gallup, Data Analyst interview.

21. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” — Applebee’s, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interview.

22. “How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?” — TASER, Leadership Development Program interview.

23. “It’s Thursday; we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” — ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.

24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” — Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview.

25. “Have you ever been on a boat?” — Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interview.

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial ‘X Factor?’

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Via Entrepreneur, by Steve Musick

There’s a mysterious “X factor” shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned skill, or is it genetic? Can entrepreneurship be taught, or is it something that’s just in your blood?

The truth is that while many skills shared by great entrepreneurs can be learned, two elements are traits that entrepreneurs are born with.

The traits entrepreneurs possess

In my experience, the entrepreneurial “X factor” comes down to a dichotomy of two innate traits. The first being creativity, which is the ability to discover and develop viable new business ideas. The second is intuition, or the gift of knowing who will benefit from a new idea and how to sell them the idea.

These two elements work in tandem: They lend the uncanny ability to see around corners and create true vision. If you don’t have these two elements, you will most likely not succeed as an entrepreneur. That doesn’t mean you can’t run a successful business, but it will not be a truly entrepreneurial venture.

And even if you did win the genetic lottery, for this powerful duo to be used to their full potential, they must be harnessed with four other learned skills.

1. People skills. Understanding how to build and inspire a team could be an entire concentration of study within academia. The art of getting people to do what you want them to do requires a lot of practice and many failed attempts before getting it right.

2. Ability to focus resources. Often, entrepreneurial ventures suffer from organizational ADD. Symptoms include the inability to focus on critical details necessary for project completion and the pursuit of rabbit trails. A successful entrepreneur must learn the logic behind building a business and realize when they’re over-innovating to the point of wasting resources.

3. Financial skills. Some entrepreneurs operate with such an intuitive sense of direction that their organization grows from the sheer inertia of powerful ideas. But at some point, somebody needs to know how to balance the books for operational sustainability.

4. Orchestration capabilities: Coordinating all of a business’s moving parts is the essence of management, a skill taught in universities across the country.

These four skills are garnered through hard work, practice and persistence. They are just as crucial to an entrepreneur’s success as the “X factor,” and they can be learned over time.

Packing the Essentials

The essential genetic traits of an entrepreneur — creativity and intuition — are what separate the truly entrepreneurial from the average business owner. These traits make for a mind full of big ideas combined with an understanding of the people who can benefit from those big ideas. This is the foundation of any great business.

Nevertheless, an organization cannot survive on DNA alone. It must be complemented by skills that are learned and cultivated over time. In the end, the “X factor” is not an end-all, be-all trait that gives entrepreneurs a golden ticket to success. Without hard work, business savvy and the ability to manage people, even the most creative and intuitive will fail.

Successful Stars Who Made it Despite Rejection

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 Oprah Winfrey; had an early insulting life   

They were told they couldn’t make it or the world was not ready for their ideas. But they didn’t give up and they kept on pushing until they made it, big. The joke now lies in those who rejected them and are now wondering in the ‘what-if?’ Here are some of those notable successes:

Oprah Winfrey

One of the richest and most successful people in world, the queen of talk shows didn’t enjoy an easy life; from having an abusive childhood, to having her baby die shortly after birth, she has experienced it all. Adding insult to injury, she was rejected for the first news anchor position she applied for because she was African-American and overweight. Now, she has a net worth of $2.9Billion.

Stephen King

He threw his manuscript, Carrie, in the garbage because he was tired of the rejections. In fact, he gave up posting his rejection slips on the bulletin board above his computer once they were too thick for a pin. But his wife, Tabitha ‘Tabby’ King, fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest as they say is history. Now King is one of the bestselling authors of all time with his scripts converted to high grossing movies.

J K Rowling

The author of Harry Potter (which was then made to a movie sequel, grossing $7.7billion), whose net worth as of 2013 was $1Billion, did not have an easy life. Her rise to riches was not an overnight experience.

Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Add the fact that 12 publishers rejected the manuscript. However, one gave her the nod but suggested that she gets a part time job.

Stephen Spielberg

The established and seasoned filmmaker synonymous with massive movie budgets applied and was turned down two times at the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead, he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.

He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994, he got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

John Grisham

The famous American author had a knack for writing bolstered by his legal expertise. However, his first book, Time to Kill, took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times before getting the nod for 5,000 copies. He’s now sold more than 250 million copies of his books.

Clint Eastwood

The prominent film director and veteran actor was told that he would never be a movie star because his Adam’s apple was too big. With a plethora of awards including Academy Award for Best Director on two separate, his illustrious career has spanned over 50 years, and he has starred in more than 60 movies; a feat that has been achieved by few.

Jay Z  

Jay-Z was  rejected for recording deal. He is one of the wealthiest showbiz entrepreneurs with a net worth of $500Million.However, before the riches and during the multi Grammy award winner’s early musical career, no major music label gave him a recording a deal; something that resulted in him selling his CDs out of his car.

Michael Jordan

He is arguably the greatest basketball player of all times. But before his exposure to the pros, Jordan was kicked off his high school basketball team. This setback didn’t prevent the 6’6 foot tall from winning the NBA champion six times, Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times, NBA All Star Game MVP three times and All NBA First Team ten times among other recognitions.

The Beatles

It was rumoured that The Beatles were popular than Jesus Christ at one time in particular regions of the world. Taking into consideration their tours and widely loved hits of long gone. But what’s notable is that the group hadn’t an easy time.

Many record labels did not want to sign them. The rejections piled up in huge numbers and at an alarming rate. Heck a record label famously rejected them by saying, “we don’t like their music and guitar music is on the way out” The world indeed prove this label wrong.