The Path Isn’t Straight

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Sure, yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But did you know Saturday was World Labyrinth Day? Neither did I, nor did I see the point of labyrinths. Which is why I knew I had to try one. Ever the adventurer, I’m endlessly curious about ways the external world can heighten insights on our inner truths. I also know that the things I resist can be my best teachers. And I just happened to […]

Your Culture is Killing You

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If you’ve brushed up against corporate hiring practices lately, you’ve probably encountered the concept of Culture Fit—the idea that you should screen job applicants so that you only hire people whose beliefs and behaviors will integrate smoothly into your organization. It’s true that hiring people who don’t integrate well with your company culture can be highly disruptive. If you bring highly-competitive people into a highly-collaborative environment, or order-takers into an […]

Six Overlooked Reasons People Are Not Buying from Your Startup

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With the success of companies like Uber and Slack, it would seem like there is no better time for startups. While this is true in many respects, especially in the Silicon Valley where venture capital is flowing (helping startups to scale quickly), the truth is that most startups are barely able to survive. Having a good product is an essential requirement for the startup to become successful, but not the […]

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 […]

5 Steps to Finding Your Optimum Mix of Money and Meaning

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Is money the goal anymore? Or, in the age of insta-famous self-helpers, is personal fulfillment and living “on purpose,” the goal? What has finally become clear to me is that the goal is actually both, and the particular mix of money and meaning that is right for each of us is personal.  There is no formula. All one way, cash is king. The problem with putting dollars at the pinnacle […]

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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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 […]

Pitch, Please.

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Fiona Aboud

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 […]

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 […]

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid […]

Fighting Fuckery 101

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  Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. —Sun Tzu, The Art of War I fight fuckery and build belonging for a living. If you’d like less of the former and more of the latter, read on. It doesn’t matter if you’re pitching a product or selling a service: fuckery divides. I used to trip over phrases like “trust-eroding behaviors.” One evaluation […]