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  • Unicorns

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Unicorns-01.mp3We’ve all heard the term “unicorn” used or overused in tech circles, but what does it really mean? Ray...

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  • ZinnStarter

    ZinnStarter Fellows Quiz Ray

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-and-Zinnstarter01.mp3In this very special edition, students from college campuses around the country who are in the ZinnStarter program ask...

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  • Five Actions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-FiveActions-01.mp3Making our homes, communities and the world a better place may not be as hard as it sounds. Ray...

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  • China’s Influence Through Manufacturing

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    Mainland China’s government has made several provocative declarations and investments seemingly designed to turn the Eastern nation into a...

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  • Do Good

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Delonna-Rob-DoGood-01.mp3Sometimes the simplest things can improve your own life and the lives of those around you. In this special...

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  • Mergers, acquisitions and unemployment

    Mergers, Acquisitions and Unemployment

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    One of the easiest ways to lose your job is when your company is acquired, or is the small...

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  • Merger and acquisition strategy

    Growth Strategies

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-Growth-Strategy.mp3How to grow or not. Mergers and acquisitions are tempting, but they are often the wrong strategy. There is more...

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  • Business tech partnerships

    Tech Partnership Strategies

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    In high tech, you partner. Someday, somehow, with someone. Partnerships are inevitable in tech. The reason is very simple:...

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  • How To Succeed

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-100-Ray-Rob-How-To-Succeed-With-Trying.mp3Despite the book and the movie of the same title, “How to succeed in business without really trying” is...

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  • Anu Parthasarathy

    GUEST BLOG: Hiring Disrupters in the Age of Disruption – You’ve Got to Think Different!

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    In today’s age of disruption, every business wants to transform, to stay relevant and thrive. But how do you...

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  • Truth and Trust

    Truth Hurts

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-107-Ray-Rob-Truth-Hurts.mp3The old idiom “the truth hurts” can be a useful approach for managers trying to get to the bottom...

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  • mergers and acqusitions

    M&A, Growth and Strategy

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    Some companies can’t seem to grow organically. This may be due to market maturity, shifting market realities, or even...

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  • Business Partners

    Business Partners

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-106-Ray-Rob-Partners.mp3Whether to partner or not partner in a business venture can be a vexing question. In this Tough Things...

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  • Work/Life Balance

    Life and Business

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-105-Ray-Rob-Life-and-Business.mp3Tough Things First Author Ray Zinn says, “Your life is your business, but don’t make your business your life.”...

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  • Kelly Perdew and Ray Zinn

    Kelly Perdew, Ray Zinn – discipline, leadership and being an apprentice

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Kelly-TTF-GuestPodcast.mp3West Point graduate, Airborne Ranger, and Donald Trump apprentice Kelly Perdew chats with Ray Zinn about leadership, entrepreneurship and...

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