Your Culture is Killing You

Taped Shut Bronze Angel, 2019
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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 […]

Feeling the Goal

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Fiona Aboud

  I have never really been much of a planner or one to set goals per se; when the inevitable interview question “where do you want to be in five years” was posed to me I truly had no idea how to answer (I’m sure I made something up that sounded good for the circumstance). My perception of goals was they were very specific expectations of what you were meant to […]

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 […]

Putting Crowdfunding in Perspective: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

Alexander Reben

Funding ain’t easy. Technology makes it seem easy, especially with platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe holding the promise of access to new fans with open wallets. Of course, it takes a tipping point of personal contacts funding a project to a certain dollar amount in order to access your yet-unknown audience. Which means outreach to friends, family, and colleagues is a necessary part of the phenomenon that is crowdfunding. […]

October 2018: Digital Life

Alexander Reben

The amount of time you spend on screens is directly related to your level of anxiety. Extensive social media use leads to depression and isolation. At least, that’s what I think someone said they heard from a study that may or may not have been published in a reputable journal and/or website. In a new normal, where all news is fake and all personal truth is fact and everything is […]

Human.School: Bringing Humanity to the Workplace

Kristen Gallagher Edify

Kristen Gallagher is an organizational strategies and learning designer. She is the founder and CEO of Edify, a learning strategy consultancy that solves people operations problems for growing companies. Kristen has architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies bringing on everything from 1+ to 100+ people a quarter. Specializing in onboarding systems, manager development, and knowledge management, Edify delivers programs that are designed to evolve and scale with rapid changes. This month, Kristen […]

Fabulous at 50 and Beyond: Creating a Revolution

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Gretchen Asher created BeFab Revolution after 20+ years as a successful management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her goal is to create a revolution where women 50+ are celebrated, admired, and inspired. What is BeFab Revolution? BeFab revolution is an online community of women better than (age) 50 from over 40 countries all around the world. Our online platforms include a Membership website, Facebook groups, and a first-ever Business Directory […]

Past Present Podcast: Bonus Episode 4 – The Equifax Hack

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In this episode of Past Present, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Equifax hack. We discussed the Equifax hack in the context of the history of credit. Niki recommended historian Louis Hyman’s book Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink. Natalia commented on the cultural sensitivity of exposing financial information in particular, citing sociologist Rachel Sherman’s book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence. Niki cited Hyman’s Wilson Quarterly […]

How to Beat the Competition (It’s Not Who You Think)

Kronda Adair, Oz

I don’t think a lot about competition but I know it’s a big concern for some people. It’s always a sure sign of a young entrepreneur when they ask me to sign an N.D.A. (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before we’ve even laid eyes on each other. They’re worried someone will steal their idea, or get to it first. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you mostly […]