Book Brief: Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

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Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur Cara Alwill Leyba Portfolio/ Penguin Random House, 2015, 2017 The Idea If you are a male entrepreneur, you may want to skip this month’s book review. This month, it’s all about the women, as Cara Alwill Leyba shares her coaching philosophies in the cloak of bright shininess and luxe living. This book evolved from her blog, TheChampagneDiet.com, that she created while working at MTV to track her weight loss journey. Through this journey, she discovered her empowerment, deciding that The Champagne Diet is more about celebrating […]

The Road That Built You

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Retrospection is well-established as a critical business tool. Whether we’re comparing this year’s sales results to last year’s, providing employee feedback, or analyzing a project’s success, we all agree on the value of looking backward in time, to see what it can teach us. However, when it comes to the personal, we often discourage each other from too much looking back. We have a library of cliches and platitudes. “Don’t dwell in the past.” “Water under the bridge.” “What’s done is done.” We dismiss any journeys into our history as sentimental nostalgia, or relegate them to the therapist’s couch. Our […]

June 2019: Journeys

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Pregame is all about goals, but lately, we’ve been talk about souls. The daily “workouts” at the Pregame Clubhouse focus on business: clarifying your goals, creating a game plan, staying accountable for your actions, and connecting with the people who will help move you forward. But why are we doing it? What is the point of building a business? For Pregame members, it’s about building an extraordinary and authentic life. In fact, that’s the primary goal. Business is but a platform to extend one’s larger mission and values to the place where we spend the majority of our time and […]

We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

Alex Nelson: Money Insight for Entrepreneurs

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Alex Nelson is a Pregame Guest Expert and the CEO of Impact Capital Management LLC, working with business owners to secure the right funding for their startup needs. Join Alex this month at The Finance Five, our April business finance workshop on April 30 at Pregame HQ.  >more info & sign up What was the motivation for your recent career move? My desire to work closely with borrowers who are traditionally ignored by the commercial and investment banking communities stems from my personal experience being an entrepreneur that struggled to raise capital. I have walked the same path as many small business owners, and […]

Buying Time

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Great-Grandma My great-grandmother had a cross-stitch sampler on her kitchen wall, that read: Use it Up Wear it Out Make it Do Do Without This was her ethos. She had always known scarcity and hard-scrabble. Her grandparents were all pioneers – one of her grandmothers traveled from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains on foot. She was born into poverty, the middle of five children. Her father died when she was six years old. She went to college, then went to work, until she married my great-grandfather, a middle-class businessman. They had eight children between 1922 and 1934. Her husband […]

An Offering: The Impostor Syndrome Antidote

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  Ready, not ready. Expert, novice. Professional, amateur.  Are we ever fully baked, polished and ready for mass consumption? Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of naysayers. We’ve all been there – yes or yes!? I was recently challenged by a well-meaning family member asking “how can you possibly offer life advice to others when you don’t have all your own sh*t together?” It was an arresting [attack] to be sure. I paused, pondered and reflected for quite some time. Am I an imposter? Every time I stand in front of a willing audience am I defrauding them? […]

Yoga Pants Made LuLuLemon Founder Chip Wilson a Billionare—Why Isn’t He More Grateful to the Women Who Wear Them?

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Fiona Aboud

Chip Wilson is his own employee of the month. Right there on his website, you can see a portrait of his smiling face, set within a cheap wooden frame and festooned with a gold star bearing the accolade. But in his colorful new memoir, Little Black Stretchy Pants: The Unauthorized Story of Lululemon (LBSP), the controversial Lululemon Athletica founder makes clear that, beyond ostensibly putting himself above his actual employees, he also feels superior to many of the women who wear the brand’s hundred-dollar yoga pants that have made him a multibillionaire. LBSP is dripping with contempt for the “non-athletic, smoking, Diet-Coke drinking woman in […]

Pitch, Please.

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A question I get a lot is: “How do I pitch myself to ___________ podcast, article, investor, etc.?” And this for many people is the holy grail of attention. If you can get someone to share your ideas with their audience or invest in you it certainly does help. But I see many people going about this process all wrong. So here is my most important rule about pitching anything: Create curiosity first.  Most pitches fall flat because the person doing the pitching spends all of their time telling us everything we need to know about them, the product or the […]

Six Employment Engagement Tips to Give Your Small Business a Competitive Edge 

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It’s been 10 years since acclaimed author and CEO Chip Conley’s best-seller PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, compelled a generation of leaders to increase employee performance and engagement by creating a culture of purpose.  Yet today, when 66% of employees and 68% of executives surveyed agree that businesses don’t do enough to instill a sense of purpose, his message seems more relevant than ever. Conley first achieved CEO superstar status at age 26 for his high-profile turnaround as founder and former CEO of hotel chain Joie de Vivre.  Driven by his mission to “create joy” he turned […]