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  • Corporate Public Good

    People Do Good

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    “Corporate good” is not a new thing, though it has been the subject of a lot of recent chatter....

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  • training to be an entrepreneur

    Training to be an Entrepreneur

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-EntrepTraining01mp3.mp3Can you train yourself to be an entrepreneur? Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO says ‘yes’ and explains how. Guy...

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  • Fighting the Cycle of Quitting

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-EvensSuzzanne01.mp3How do entrepreneurs get past the desire to quit? Ray Zinn, a man who avoids using the word “quit”...

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  • Crossroads and Tough Decisions

    Crossroads

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Crossroads01.mp3We’ve all experienced crossroads in life, but is there a way to know when you’re making a good decision?...

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  • Leadership Horizons in Business

    Looking Over Horizons

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    Great business leaders seem to look into the future, to perform magic. But they are not magicians. They simply...

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  • Keli Hammond - Branding for Startups

    Branding and Startups

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-KelliHammond-Branding01.mp3Startup branding expert Keli Hammond chats with Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Ray Zinn, about the importance of branding...

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  • Don't Assume in Business

    Challenging Assumptions

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    “In a start-up company, you basically throw out all assumptions every three weeks.” – William Lyon Phelps   Assumptions...

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  • ZinnStarter

    ZinnStarter Student Questions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/TTF-STUDENTS-SPECIAL-5-13-19.mp3A Q&A between Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, and some new ZinnStarter Fellows – students...

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  • Innovation and exporting Silicon Valley

    Innovation Changes

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-InnovationChanges01.mp3Decades of innovation in Silicon Valley show no signs of slowing. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn...

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  • Zinn's Law

    Zinn’s Law

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ZinnsLaw01.mp3It’s hard to put life into simpler terms, but Zinn’s Law establishes a paradigm that’s hard to oppose. In...

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  • Dealing with Setbacks

    Setbacks

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Setbacks01.mp3Since the day we learned to walk it seems we’ve faced setbacks and challenges. If dealt with properly, these moments...

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  • Taking business risks

    Enjoy Risk

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    Some things scare the pants off me, but most things don’t. You will never see me skydiving, but speaking...

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  • Sources of Good Advice

    Advice

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    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...

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  • Asia and competition – from Japan to China

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    Has much changed with Asia and international competition? Is China in the 21st century what Japan was in the...

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  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

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    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I...

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