Podcasts

  • Nov152017
    Article

    All You Got

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-91-Ray-Rob-Giving-It-All-You-Got.mp3Running a business isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Are you giving it all you’ve got? In this edition...

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  • Nov082017
    failure and success in business
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    Improving The Odds Of Success

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-90-Ray-Rob-Odds-of-Success.mp3The odds against a successful new venture are sizable. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking the chance....

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  • Nov012017
    Article

    An Entrepreneur’s Worst Enemy

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-89-Ray-Rob-Entrepreneurs-Worst-Enemy.mp3Sometimes the greatest challenge to success is the person staring back at you in the mirror. In this edition...

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  • Oct252017
    Article

    Running On Empty

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-88-Ray-Rob-Running-On-Empty.mp3At some point an entrepreneur may be called upon to “Run on empty,” but how does a successful business...

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  • Oct182017
    Article

    Not Listening, No Sales

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-87-Ray-Rob-Not-Listening.mp3Sales mistakes come in many shapes and sizes, and most can be avoided with proper planning. In this edition...

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  • Oct112017
    Cash is King
    Article

    Cash is King

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-86-Ray-Rob-Cash-is-King.mp3In business money is like air … without it you die. But borrowing might not be the best strategy....

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  • Oct042017
    Article

    Traits and Qualities

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-85-Ray-Rob-Traits-Qualities.mp3The traits and qualities of a successful entrepreneur may be as varied as the stars in the sky, but...

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  • Sep272017
    Article

    CEO Warning Signs

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-68-Ray-Guy-warning-signs.mp3What are the top three warning signs your business is in trouble? Ray Zinn discusses the warning signs CEOs...

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  • Sep202017
    Article

    Revenue vs Profit

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-84-Ray-Rob-Revenue-vs-Profit.mp3In entrepreneurial circles, you’re likely to hear talk of companies focused on revenue, while others focus on profitability. These...

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  • Sep132017
    Article

    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
    Article

    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
    Article

    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
    Article

    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
    Article

    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
    Article

    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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