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How to Spot a Lie From a Former CIA Officer

One of the more important components of successful business relationships is trust. In my own experience, whenever my trust has been broken by someone, there were always clues. All the way down to subsconscious signals my brain was receiving, which likely translated into some gut feeling or intuition that was ultimately ignored. That’s when the…

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Startup Founders, sometimes you have to just tell fear to go fuck itself


Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said these words as a way of comforting a country devastated by a harsh depression. This was part of his inaugural speech for his first term. The meaning of Roosevelt’s statement was to face your fears and not be paralyzed…

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Are you a leader? Or just a manager?


In World War II, Dwight Eisenhower trained his generals by piling a chain up on a table. He asked the generals, “If I push this chain, which way will it go?” The generals would jabber among themselves, debating and offering a bunch of different answers. The true answer, of course, is that nobody really knows…

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Leadership information superiority is the path to opportunity


Holy moly, that’s a mouthful of a title. Ok, let’s simplify it. If you have superior information, you’ll have more opportunity. As the future is uncertain, the only thing relatively clear is that much of what we will experience in the future will be different from the past.

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Be careful what you say


There was once a woman who lived in a little village. She was the town gossip, constantly talking about her neighbors, friends, and even family. She secretly enjoyed the chaos she created. One day, after fewer and fewer people would speak to her, the woman had an epiphany. She realized she had been hurting the…

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It’s Not About Ideas, It’s About Making Ideas Happen

There’s a glut of ideas on the market. There’s a shortage of execution on all those wonderful ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen. People spend an inordinate amount of time coming up with billion dollar ideas. Then they work to protect those ideas as if any idea, by itself, is gold. They work to keep the ideas…

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The Fundamentals of Strategic Decisions

Business leaders are constantly faced with decisions. Most are about more tactical issues like day-to-day operations or shorter range and smaller impact issues. However, from time-to-time, business leaders are faced with making some decision that carries a much deeper impact on the future of the business as a whole.

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Six dimensions of social media literate leadership

Too many organization leaders are still technology illiterate. If you don’t understand the impact technology has on your business and market, how are you equipped to lead an entire organization in the information age?

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Become A Super Connector And Launch Your Sales Into Overdrive

One of the biggest assets any successful businessperson can develop is their personal network as a super connector. The wider the network, the better chances of being able to tap into individuals and resources necessary to excel in a hyper-connected world. As a super connector, you’re positioned to leverage relationships and introduce people, ideas, and…

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10 Marketing Rules for Business Leadership

Business leaders and decision-makers often struggle with marketing in the digital era. Here are 10 Marketing Rules for Business Leadership:

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