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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • Team happiness and innovation

    Happy Innovation

    Many leaders don’t see the connection between happiness and corporate innovation. Well, at least until everyone is unhappy and nobody is doing anything worthwhile. People are at their most creative when they are happy. This doesn’t mean you have...

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  • Fearless pursuit of success

    What Stymies Success?

    Do people fear success? No. They fear what success requires or brings. Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. This requires effort and leads the person pursuing success into a new state of being. Since...

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  • Renegade Employees should be handled like fighter pilots

    Dealing with Renegade High Achievers

    I was a renegade employee. I got fired for it. That led me to becoming the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley. This historical tidbit helps to explain why I understand and have affection for corporate renegades and know...

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  • Nothing is impossible for an entrepreneur who faces challenges

    Enjoy Adversity

    My marketing director was into martial arts, and always trained with someone at least 10% heavier and three inches taller. His theory was “if I can take down the big man, then I can take down anybody.” He understands...

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  • Small business planning for recessions

    How small businesses can plan for the next cyclical downturn

    “Economists have predicted twenty-three of the last four recessions.” This ancient joke has a bit of wisdom to it. We never really know, with precision, when the next macro-economic cycle causes an economy to shrink. As such, planning for...

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  • Sameer Saran of ParkStash on the Tough Things First podcast

    ParkStash – Pivoting in a young startup

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Samir-ParkStash01.mp3The essence of adapting a startup. In the episode of the Tough Things First podcast, ZinnStarter Fellow Sameer Saran and ParkStash president discusses the new opportunities with their company, market and ask Ray some question about next steps. Ray...

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