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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • Sources of Good Advice

    Advice

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ValuedAdvice01.mp3Most people can relate to the idea that advice is everywhere, it’s what you do with that information that matters most. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores the advice he values most and where you’re likely...

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  • Asia and competition – from Japan to China

    Has much changed with Asia and international competition? Is China in the 21st century what Japan was in the 20th? Professor Robert Wood of San Jose State University joins Ray Zinn in a conversation about trade with Asia, then...

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  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I have found this conflict an interesting topic, and one I have wrestled with for years. In tech, where my company...

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  • Automation, employment and the future

    Automation and Work

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Automate01.mp3Automation isn’t going away. As the use of AI technology and robotics seize ground once firmly occupied by the working class, is there a point of diminishing returns? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn...

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  • Successful Entrepreneur

    Minting Entrepreneurs

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-MakingEntrep01.mp3Entrepreneurs develop over time through a variety of paths, but is there something different about a successful entrepreneur? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Arigo break down what makes a...

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  • Board of Directors selection

    Board of Director Selection

    Not long after finding traction, a green CEO will need to establish a real Board of Directors (BOD), and not one composed of sundry friends, family and over-active venture capitalists. And it may be the most critical decisions you...

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