Posts tagged with ‘employees’

  • Distilling an elevator pith is like polishing a diamond

    Polishing Your Business Narrative

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    Your business idea is like a diamond hauled from the dirt. You have to clean it off and polish...

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  • Team happiness and innovation

    Happy Innovation

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    Many leaders don’t see the connection between happiness and corporate innovation. Well, at least until everyone is unhappy and...

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  • Fearless pursuit of success

    What Stymies Success?

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    Do people fear success? No. They fear what success requires or brings. Success is defined as the accomplishment of...

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  • Renegade Employees should be handled like fighter pilots

    Dealing with Renegade High Achievers

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    I was a renegade employee. I got fired for it. That led me to becoming the longest serving CEO...

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  • Corporate Public Good

    People Do Good

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    “Corporate good” is not a new thing, though it has been the subject of a lot of recent chatter....

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  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

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    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I...

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  • Setting Expectations

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-SettingExpectations01.mp3How does, and how should, a business leader set expectations for employees? In this episode of the Tough Things...

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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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  • 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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  • Paying Talent

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-CostsPay01.mp3It is a constant struggle for balance between what employers can pay and the burdens of cost of living...

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  • Grudges

    Grudges

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-104-Ray-Rob-Grudges.mp3Workplace conflicts are as common as the sunrise, but lingering grudges over those conflicts can be even worse. In...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stock Options

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-DaveW-Stock-Options-episode-70.mp3Stock options can be a powerful tool to hang onto your best and brightest employees, but it also means...

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