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  • Onshore or offshore supply chain decisions

    Supply Chains – The Onshore Option

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SupplyChainBacktoCONUS01.mp3Are jobs and manufacturing poised to return to the United States? What will it take? In this Tough Things...

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  • How startups can make smart product choices

    How to Set SMART Startup Goals at The Idea Stage

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SmartGoals01.mp3Not all start-up ideas are created equally. In fact, most are doomed to failure. Are there ways to determine...

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  • How to not be your employees friend and still have a good working relationship

    Friendly, Not Friends

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-FriendlyNotFriend01.mp3Entrepreneurs can either learn this quickly or slowly, but eventually they’ll learn or fail. Relationships with employees are about...

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  • Three Tough Things to do to make your business last the ages

    Creating Enduring Businesses – The Top Three Tough Things To DO

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-Special-creating-enduring-business-Final.mp3To create an enduring business means creating one that will last. That is different than creating a startup and...

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  • Leadership strategies for managing work stress

    Strategies for Managing Work Stress

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-WorkStress01.mp3No matter what phase a company is in, or the level of employee or management, work stress goes with...

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  • Michael Canic and Ray Zinn discuss Ruthless Consistancy

    Ruthless Consistency

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Michael-RuthlessConsistency01.mp3Ray Zinn sits with Michael Canic to discuss Michael’s new book, Rutheless Consistancy and how discipline fits into the business...

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  • Managing a distributed, at-home workforce

    Worker Decentralization

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-WorkerDecentralization01.mp3World circumstances put more people in a work-from-home situation and companies forced to manage it than ever before. In...

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  • Greedy CEOs want it all, and can destroy a company

    Greedy CEOs

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/RayGuy-GreedyCEOs01.mp3Some CEOs are greedy, for their wallets, for market share, for fame. Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO has seen...

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  • How to identify and cure a toxic corporate culture

    Toxic Corporate Culture

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/RayGuy-ToxicCulture01.mp3How do toxic corporate cultures arise, and how do you cure them? The Silicon Valley leader with the lowest employee...

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  • How entrepreneurs keep going, and going, and going

    Being Best When You Aren’t Feeling It

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-BestWhenNotFeelingBest01.mp3It can sometimes be painfully obvious we’re not physically or mentally up to a task, but what happens when...

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  • The top three things to do when pitching to VCs

    Pitching Your Company – The Top Three Tough Things

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-Special-pitching-your-company-Final.mp3Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO talks about the three tough things to do when pitching your company. If you...

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  • Jennifer Chatman, Professor at U.C. Berkeley

    Corporate Culture, Part 3 – in conversation with Professor Jennifer Chatman

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Chatman-Part-3.mp3Third and final part of a series where Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO chats with Professor Jennifer Chatman, a...

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  • Jennifer Chatman, Professor at U.C. Berkeley

    Corporate Culture, Part 2 – in conversation with Professor Jennifer Chatman

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Chatman-Part-2.mp3Part two of three in a series where Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO chats with Professor Jennifer Chatman, a...

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  • Jennifer Chatman, Professor at U.C. Berkeley

    Corporate Culture, Part 1 – in conversation with Professor Jennifer Chatman

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Chatman-Part-1.mp3Part one for three in a series where Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO chats with Professor Jennifer Chatman, a...

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  • How to communicate your point without enraging other people

    Make Points, Not Enemies

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-MakingPointsNotEnemies01.mp3Unskilled communicators can create a breakdown in conversation at every turn, sometimes making enemies in the process. In this...

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