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How Successful Managers Hire the Best People
May 1, 2015
How Successful Managers Hire the Best People

I seem to have struck a nerve on Tuesday when I wrote 3 Things Job Candidates Wish They Could Tell HR. I called out three frustrating aspects of hiring: forcing…

3 Components of Every Great Product Strategy
April 30, 2015
3 Components of Every Great Product Strategy

If you are a great technology leader or product manager — you know a secret that others ignore. Managing relationships is essential to your job. As the CEO of your…

3 Things Job Candidates Wish They Could Tell HR
April 28, 2015
3 Things Job Candidates Wish They Could Tell HR

Does your job ad look like this? For Immediate Hire: Entry-level employee to fetch the coffee and run the company. PhD required. Pay negotiable. Send CV and 5,000-word…

The One Sentence That Will Make You Rich
April 26, 2015
The One Sentence That Will Make You Rich

How rich do you want to be? Think of the richest person you know for a moment. Ever consider how they got there? It may have something to do with good luck and the family…

3 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss
April 23, 2015
3 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

It can happen to anyone: You slip and forget who you are talking to, and suddenly you’ve shared way too much information with the boss. Or the boss overhears you saying…

How Successful Entrepreneurs Recover From Big Mistakes
April 22, 2015
How Successful Entrepreneurs Recover From Big Mistakes

I worked for a VP who once spent half our advertising budget on a big mistake. That’s right. She bought a massive billboard in Silicon Valley along the congested 101…

This Startup Built an App That College Students Love
April 21, 2015
This Startup Built an App That College Students Love

He thought he was ready for venture capital and that they were ready for him. A founder since high school who had launched and sold a successful Spanish networking…

The Only Way Clueless Leaders Change
April 21, 2015
The Only Way Clueless Leaders Change

I wrote about The 3 Worst Habits of Clueless Leaders on Sunday. The response was unbelievable and still growing as I write this. It seems that clueless leaders are…

4 Major Reasons Startups Fail
April 20, 2015
4 Major Reasons Startups Fail

Most startups fail within the first 5 years. Take a look at the main areas startups must get right in order to thrive.

The 3 Worst Habits of Clueless Leaders
April 19, 2015
The 3 Worst Habits of Clueless Leaders

I worked for a guy who thought of employees as squirrels. I know, because he told a reporter that he often needed to drop into the office “wildfire” to pick them up and…

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