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  • When Automation Hurts Your Customers

    Automation and Customers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Automation01.mp3Automation could be a good thing for a company, but transparent cost cutting that frustrates your customers may backfire....

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  • Millennial Employees

    Managing Millennials

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-GuyMillenialWorkers01.mp3How do front-line managers deal with millennial employees, who have a much different outlook on business+society than previous generations....

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  • Startup partners

    Finding Startup Partners

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-FindinfPartner01.mp3There are good partners, and the other kind. Pick your startup partner well and your odds of success skyrocket....

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  • Entrepreneur Decisions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-Decisions01.mp3How should entrepreneurs make decisions? Ray Zinn, the epitome of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship discusses the rigors of starts decisions. Guy...

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  • Work teams and motivation

    How Teamwork in the Workplace Helps Boost Morale

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    If you want a lesson on team morale and its criticality, just look to American soldiers in World War...

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  • China and IP theft

    China and Intellectual Property

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-China01.mp3Relations between China and the United States is fractured by theft of intellectual property. Ray Zinn, the longest serving...

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  • Entrepreneur New Year Resolutions

    Entrepreneur Resolutions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-Resolutions01.mp3Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurship godfather, covers some New Year resolutions entrepreneurs should make and keep. Guy Smith: Hello...

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  • Zinn Weekend

    Zinn Weekend

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    Biz Tips:   Musings: The two most important things you should do every day is do the Tough Things...

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  • Employees and Layoffs

    Employee Fear

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-EmployeeFear01.mp3Hard times are bound to come for any company and that uncertainty can be a real struggle for employees....

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  • Zinn Weekend

    Zinn Weekend

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    Biz Tips: If you want to improve your productivity, family life, and your personal wellbeing, work no more than...

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  • Writing the Check

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-WritingtheCheck01.mp3It is not always easy to decide when to authorize big company purchases, but you can take steps to...

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  • Holiday Productivity

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-HolidayEmpolyeeSlump01.mp3There is no time like the holidays when employees and management alike tend to think about anything but work....

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  • Achieving Success at Any Age

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    “Success” is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Ipso facto, as long as you have a...

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  • Zinn Weekend

    Zinn Weekend

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    Biz Tips: Only fools think they are the best. The humble know they can do better and then proceed...

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  • Organizational Frugality

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker-Talk01.mp3Ray and his former CFO Robert Barker discuss the value of rational corporate frugality and how to achieve it....

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