Podcasts

  • Sep132017
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    Listener Questions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-67-Ray-Guy-lsitener-questions.mp3How do you go about hiring people? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, talks about the...

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  • Sep062017
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    Employee Engagement

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-83-Ray-Rob-Employee-Engagement.mp3Low employee engagement is costly, but there are solutions. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses what...

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  • Aug302017
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    When to Take on Debt

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-66-Ray-Guy-when-to-take-on-debt.mp3Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, is famous for having leveraged himself, and not venture capital,...

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  • Aug232017
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    The Worst Things a CEO Can Do

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-82-Ray-Rob-CEO-Worst-Thing.mp3Employee engagement is traditionally very low, but a careless or complacent CEO can make things even worse. In this...

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  • Aug162017
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    Picking Mentors

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-65-Ray-Guy-picking-mentors.mp3Realistically, how many startup CEOs need mentors? All of them. Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO talks about...

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  • Aug092017
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    Bad Managers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-81-Ray-Rob-Bad-Manager.mp3Leading a company of any size is a challenge, and even more so if a CEO can’t count on...

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  • Aug022017
    Article

    When Customers Leave

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-69-Ray-Guy-when-customers-leave.mp3There seem to be two different types of customer defection problems. Big, sudden, critical client losses and slow trickles....

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  • Jul262017
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    CIO … Optional

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-78-CIO.mp3Is a Chief Information Officer necessary? Ray Zinn discusses what a CIO does, and why your company may not...

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  • Jul192017
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    Good Listeners

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-79-GoodListeners.mp3Great entrepreneurs are good listeners, while some entrepreneurs just think they are good listeners. In this Tough Things First...

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  • Jul122017
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    Selling

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-80-Selling.mp3Selling a new product in a crowded field. In this addition of Tough Things First, Ray Zinn gives advice...

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  • Jul052017
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    Avoiding Risk

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-77-AvoidRisk.mp3Resisting the temptation to avoid responsibility. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn is quizzed about our changing...

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  • Jun282017
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    Picking Mentors

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-picking-mentors-Episode-65.mp3Every startup needs a mentor, or even a few. But who should you choose. The one your VC insists...

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  • Jun212017
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    Startup Hurdles

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Paul-Startup-Hurdles-episode-76.mp3Tough Things First guest host Rob Artigo, talks with Ray Zinn and Ray’s former employee, Paul Moore, to explore...

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  • Jun142017
    Article

    Trust

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-64-Ray-Guy-Trust.mp3What is trust and why does management lose it? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, discusses...

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  • Jun072017
    Article

    The Good Boss

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Paul-Good-Boss-episode-75.mp3Anyone who has worked in enough companies knows good and bad bosses. Tough Things First guest host Rob Artigo,...

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