Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder AdviceLessons Learned
October 23, 2017

Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship

Being a social venture startup is teaching me the importance of clarity. I know, it sounds basic and even cliche. But, many entrepreneurs lack clarity without even realizing it. Clarity…
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Social Entrepreneur Startup Pitch Event
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
October 11, 2017

Confessions of a Social Entrepreneur: What I Learned from My Very First Startup Pitch Event

Yesterday, I pitched Rank & File for the first time to a panel of “mock investors.” I’ve been against startup pitch events in the past and brushed them off as…
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Lean Startup for Successful Social Entrepreneurs | Characteristics of a Social Entrepreneur Infographic
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder AdviceLessons Learned
October 2, 2017

How to Free Yourself to Experiment and Reach Sustainability Faster + Coaching Giveaway!

Every single one of the successful social entrepreneurs I have interviewed for Rank & File magazine has been able to ask the right questions, test their assumptions, and truly understand…
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How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder AdviceLessons Learned
September 18, 2017

How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2

If you have been struggling to start a business that achieves social impact and financial sustainability, it's possible that your small business idea lacks movement-making potential. In other words, it…
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Learn How to Delight Your Customer
LeadershipLessons Learned
August 30, 2017

Delighting Your Customer at Every Touch Point — A Lesson From My Hospitality Days

Have you ever heard of the concept “Delighting Your Customer?” Greeting a customer by name, anticipating their needs, empathizing with their point of view, offering a warm farewell. These are…
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How to Tell Authentic Stories for your Business
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
June 20, 2017

Own Your Story — Lessons Learned From My Latest Experiment

A few of you may remember that I presented at the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Summit a few weeks ago. It was really the first time I truly opened up about…
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Why Rank & File Doesn't Put People up on Pedestals Like Other Social Impact Business Magazines
Founder AdviceLeadershipLessons Learned
June 6, 2017

Why Rank & File Doesn’t Put People Up on Pedestals Like Other Business Magazines

When I was an awkward tween, my sister and I used to be figure skaters. It was ‘super cool’… I remember thinking one of the best parts about it was…
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Advice on how to start, grow and lead a social enterprise and purpose-driven company
Blog Series: Dirt Roads, Dusty ShoesLessons Learned
May 23, 2017

Your Problems Are Not Your Problems

Life leads us through unexpected twists and turns. In fact, your messy, beautiful journey is probably what inspired your current purpose-driven business idea. I know that is true for me and…
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Lessons Learned from the Lean Startup for Social Entrepreneurs
Lessons Learned
April 25, 2017

Lessons Learned from “The Lean Startup” (for Social Entrepreneurs): Lesson 1

I am currently reading “The Lean Startup” by Eric Reis. There are so many other purpose-driven entrepreneurial books out there that I am dying to read, but I felt compelled…
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Seven Lessons from Running a Social Enterprise Startup as a Teenager
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
April 20, 2017

Seven Lessons from Running a Social Enterprise Startup as a Teenager – A Guest Post by Tom Lee Osborn

When I founded GreenChar a few months after my 18th birthday, I strongly believed that it would grow to be a hugely successful venture. I was buoyed by an overwhelming…
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Speaking Tips for Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneur, Conscious Company and Purpose-driven Business
Lessons Learned
April 13, 2017

Full Disclosure: What I Learned About Telling Impactful Stories

I recently have had the opportunity to share my personal story a lot more — how I got to where I am and why I am a social entrepreneur. Most…
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Manage Stress, Fuel Conscious Business, Find Success as a Social Entrepreneur
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
April 6, 2017

Attention Purpose-driven People Pleasers: Your Inner Expectations Are Crushing You and Your Business

  I have a confession to make: I am a ‘people pleaser.’ And I didn’t fully realize this until last night. I officially made the move to Norway from the…
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Inviting the Muse: How to Bring an Artist's Mind to Your Work Day A Guest Post by Jessica Johnson
Lessons Learned
April 4, 2017

Inviting the Muse: How to Bring an Artist’s Mind to Your Work Day – A Guest Post by Jessica Johnson

Over the last year and a half, I have interviewed a variety of artists – from painters and novelists to photographers and metal sculptors – about their creative lives. Each…
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How Systems-Thinking Could Have Saved the Oscars and How It Can Save Your Company Too
Blog Series: DisruptorLessons Learned
March 6, 2017

How Systems-Thinking Could Have Saved the Oscars and How It Can Save Your Company Too

If you didn’t watch the Academy Awards last weekend, you probably heard about the big “oops” moment when the grand finale of the entire Oscars evening was ruined. “La La…
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How My Company Found Arbeidsglede A Guest Post by Allegra Poggio of Visceral Branding for Social Good
Blog Series: ArbeidsgledeLessons Learned
February 28, 2017

How My Company Found Arbeidsglede – A Guest Post by Allegra Poggio of Visceral

How do you maintain excitement and build purpose at your company? The recent blog series on finding “arbeidsglede” for yourself personally, came at just the right time. My team and…
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Advice for Social Entrepreneurs on How to Take Action, Sow Seeds and Reap the Harvest in Purpose-driven Business
Blog Series: ActionLessons Learned
January 26, 2017

Full Disclosure: What Rank & File is Learning about Taking Action

In case we haven’t met yet, my name is Kari. I am the founder and editor at Rank & File. Each month I challenge myself to an article I call…
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