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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I have found this conflict an interesting topic, and one I have wrestled with for years. In tech, where my company...

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  • Automation, employment and the future

    Automation and Work

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Automate01.mp3Automation isn’t going away. As the use of AI technology and robotics seize ground once firmly occupied by the working class, is there a point of diminishing returns? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn...

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  • Successful Entrepreneur

    Minting Entrepreneurs

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-MakingEntrep01.mp3Entrepreneurs develop over time through a variety of paths, but is there something different about a successful entrepreneur? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Arigo break down what makes a...

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  • Board of Directors selection

    Board of Director Selection

    Not long after finding traction, a green CEO will need to establish a real Board of Directors (BOD), and not one composed of sundry friends, family and over-active venture capitalists. And it may be the most critical decisions you...

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  • Negotiations

    Negotiations

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Negotiations01.mp3The give and take required for successful negotiation stymies the stubborn. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Artigo discuss fundamentals of negotiating and how to be successful even when you aren’t getting everything...

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  • Leadership Begins with Kindness

    Believe, love, do. Could business leadership be a three-step process? No. It is an art and there are a million confounding situations. But all leadership requires these three basic elements for your employees to embrace you, your company, and...

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