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  • Virtual work creates issues for maintaining innovation

    Innovate Virtually

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-NormWright01.mp3Norm Wright, Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, chats with Ray Zinn on how to innovate virtually, which with work-from-home, may now be the new norm. Ray Zinn: Hello, everyone. This is Ray Zinn....

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  • Planning for business financial disasters and downturns

    Financial Disaster Planning

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker01.mp3Robert Barker, a tech veteran CFO, joins Ray Zinn to discuss disaster planning for CFOs and the tech industry in general. Ray Zinn: Hello everyone. This is Ray Zinn. I am the host for this Tough Things First podcast....

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  • How business leaders choose to make innovation happen

    Three Innovation Engines

    How you innovate depends on what you are innovating. A lot of startups hate hearing that. They have the “magic wand” fallacy concerning innovation, that by bringing smart people together, magical things can happen. This is true in as...

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  • Entrepreneurial Pivoting During Disasters

    Entrepreneur, Prepare to Pivot

    SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) came around 2002. It was right at the end of the dot-com implosion. For me at Micrel this was the perfect storm. This precursor to today’s coronavirus epidemic was a make-or-break moment for many...

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  • Distilling an elevator pith is like polishing a diamond

    Polishing Your Business Narrative

    Your business idea is like a diamond hauled from the dirt. You have to clean it off and polish it a hundred times before it glitters enough to attract the attention of others. That is the first step to...

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  • 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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