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  • Surviving a Business Downturn

    Surviving a Downturn – Three Tough Things series

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/TTF-series-RayGuy-SurviveDownturn01.mp3What should a business leader, especially a startup CEO, do to survive a downturn. Ray Zinn, the longest serving...

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  • Balance between business success and social activism

    Social Causes and Smart Business

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-CauseBiz01.mp3Stories and charitable causes are a dime a dozen in the modern start-up era. What is the right balance...

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  • Entrepreneurial Pivoting During Disasters

    Entrepreneur, Prepare to Pivot

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    SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) came around 2002. It was right at the end of the dot-com implosion. For...

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  • Choosing the right leadership style

    Dictator Leadership

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Dictators01.mp3Sometimes you choose a management style and sometimes it chooses you. In this edition of the Tough Things First...

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  • How entrepreneurs can make decisions differently

    Decide Differently

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-DecisionsDifferently01.mp3Entrepreneurs make decisions all day, but do successful entrepreneurs make decisions differently? In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray...

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  • Distilling an elevator pith is like polishing a diamond

    Polishing Your Business Narrative

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    Your business idea is like a diamond hauled from the dirt. You have to clean it off and polish...

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  • bad manager

    Bad Managers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-BadManagers01.mp3At one time or another, we’ve probably all worked for a bad manager and perhaps wondered if the boss’s...

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  • Team happiness and innovation

    Happy Innovation

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    Many leaders don’t see the connection between happiness and corporate innovation. Well, at least until everyone is unhappy and...

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  • Managing Managers

    Managing Managers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ManagingMngrs01.mp3In a diverse workplace with varying levels of experience and drive, managers come in all types. But knowing how...

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  • Fearless pursuit of success

    What Stymies Success?

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    Do people fear success? No. They fear what success requires or brings. Success is defined as the accomplishment of...

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  • offshoring manufacturing

    Offshoring

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Offshoring01.mp3There’s no rule that says you must offshore even a fraction of your manufacturing needs, but it’s an option....

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  • Money Hunt

    Balancing the Money Hunt

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-MoneyHuntBalance01.mp3Founders may need to go on the “money hunt” to raise capital. But they need to maintain control. Silicon...

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  • Renegade Employees should be handled like fighter pilots

    Dealing with Renegade High Achievers

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    I was a renegade employee. I got fired for it. That led me to becoming the longest serving CEO...

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  • New ideas and new technologies for an exciting future

    New Tech, Exciting Futures

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ExcitingTrends01.mp3It’s an exciting era in technology. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray discusses recent breakthroughs that are catching...

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  • startup founder exhaultion

    Founder Overload

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-FounderOverload01.mp3Why do startup founders kill themselves work themselves to death? They shouldn’t, according to Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO....

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