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Lessons from the Stanley Cup Finals: Why Your Startup Shouldn’t Skate by HR

The startup world is a fast-paced, highly dynamic, goal oriented and analytical challenge. The same can be said about the stage that’s set for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. This championship hockey series shares some striking similarities with challenges young companies face while trying to grow.  For example: Coaches, like executives, are required to make on-the-fly adjustments. Overexerted players, like […]

Feb

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Fear Is the Only Enemy

A good friend of mind named Bill recently called and said he was sending me an incredible book entitled Resilience written by Eric Greitens (a former Navy SEAL). Bill is a former SEAL himself, and an acquaintance of Greitens. He’s also an avid reader, so when he recommends a book, you better take a look. He said that the book […]

Jan

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Will You Switch Gears or Stall Out in 2016?

Many years ago my wife and I bought a ’67 VW Bug (not an animal, but a vehicle). Great car, great gas mileage, but the downside was it was a stick shift. First, if you know me, you know that the polio I contracted as a child affected my left leg – virtually limp, so consequently I wear a long […]

Nov

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How to Deal with Uncertainty? Use the 3 Cs!

When was the last time you were in the grip of uncertainty? One thing’s for sure, we’ve all felt the squeeze of uncertainty in our lives from time to time! For example, here’s my short list: Changing jobs and relocating (at least 6 times) The day I got married (uncertain about career direction and income, not my bride…just to be […]

Oct

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3 Ways to Avoid Becoming “The Greatest Place We Hate to Work” — Lessons from “Inside Amazon”

An unsettling pattern has recently surfaced at one of America’s largest retailers. According to a recent NY Times article, Amazon employees are resigning at an alarming rate due to being overworked and unable to keep up with rising demands. Even some “Amazonians” (as their  employees often call themselves) who’ve worked on Wall Street and at startups say, “the workloads at […]

Sep

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Why You Should Encourage Employees to Break the Rules

There’s one rule to live by if you want to break out and succeed in any market: You must constantly break the rules. Someone very familiar with this rule is the great Bruce Lee. He illustrates this much more profoundly than I ever could myself when he says, “If you always put limits on everything you do, it will spread […]

Jul

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Workplace Diversity: Who’s Really to Blame?

Discrimination in the workplace – it’s not only wrong, it’s illegal. Employers have long known this fact, but over the last few decades it has become increasingly apparent that not only can diversity in the workplace keep employers out of legal troubles, it can also keep them in business. Even with this in mind, the reality is that workplace diversity […]

Jun

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Why Great Leaders Make You Feel Safe

I recently attended a business lunch which featured the CEO of a major corporation who gave a talk on his “unique” perspective on leadership. Given his somewhat illustrious track record, the audience and I gave him a chance, hoping he’d avoid the prototypical leadership jargon that we’ve all heard hundreds of times. He lost us in the first 3 minutes […]

May

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Lessons from Game of Thrones: 5 Types of Clients You Should Fire Immediately

Let’s get straight to the point : All customers aren’t created equal. Revenue doesn’t necessarily equal value. And what I mean by that is that just because one customer is bringing in the same amount of revenue as another, doesn’t mean they should be valued the same. In his bestselling book Killer Customers, Larry Selden states that “20 percent of […]

Apr

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Beyond the Physical: Mental Health in the Workplace

On March 24th, less than an hour before it’s arrival into Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, Germanwings Flight 9525 tragically crashed into the French Alps, killing all 6 crew members and 144 passengers on board. Shortly after the crash made headlines, everyone was left asking the only logical question they could after a tragedy of this magnitude. How could this happen? […]

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