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Rise Up
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Resilience in the Face of Crisis: How to Rise Up to Challenges

The following is an excerpt from "Rise Up: Leadership Habits for Turbulent Times" by Mike Watson and Ali Grovue. Copyright 2022 by Figure 1 Publishing.   Through COVID-19, my team and I at Ignite Management Services came to understand that while resilience may not feel particularly important when times are good, it is essential when...
relational intelligence
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5 Ways to Retain Talent by Using Relational Intelligence

The following is adapted from "Relational Intelligence: The Five Essential Skills You Need to Build Life-Changing Relationships" by Dr. Adam C. Bandelli. Stress affects all of us differently. Since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic, employees have had to deal with various challenges in both their personal and professional lives. The lines between our...
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Avoiding Dumb Decisions in a Smart Tech World: Here’s When to Listen to Your Gut

Technology has become the backbone of how modern businesses function, with all types of organizations using tech applications to manage nearly every aspect of operations, from customer service to employee engagement. Whether using smart tech to enable communications, support security and privacy, enhance efficiency, aid employees or support operations, it’s no wonder startups rely on...
The 10 Disciplines
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3 Tips to Maximize Your Energy to Live an Optimal Life as an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are passionate leaders with seemingly endless energy, helping to advance our world one brilliant idea at a time. Throughout my career, I’ve been humbled and honored to speak at conferences filled with entrepreneurs, and can literally feel their energy and drive when I’m on stage. Entrepreneurship is incredibly fulfilling, but it certainly comes with...
leading from the jumpseat
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Tough Conversations: It Takes Practice

The following is an excerpt on leadership from "Leading From the Jumpseat: How To Create Extraordinary Opportunities By Handing Over Control" by Peter Docker. Copyright 2021 by Why Not Press.   Despite years of facing tough conversations, I still don’t find it easy, and it takes a lot of thought and planning. Having to talk...
CEO Excellence
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CEO Excellence: Make Your Team the Star

Excerpted from "CEO EXCELLENCE: The Six Mindsets that Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest." Copyright © 2022 by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller & Vikram Malhotra. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.   The 1992 US Men’s Olympic “Dream Team” squad included some of the greatest players in basketball...
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Entrepreneurial Studies Within MBA Programs Prepare Students for Real World

The value of textbooks and lectures delivering theory in a graduate business curriculum is unquestioned, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past two years of the pandemic, in these uncertain times they are not sufficient in preparing students for today’s anomalous real world economic and societal climate. Indeed, taking the living pulse...
internal candidates
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9 Reasons Startups Should Hire Internal Candidates

Give one reason why a startup should hire internal candidates when looking to fill a new role? To help startups discover the benefits of internal hiring, we asked hiring managers and startup CEOs this question for their best insights. From maintaining a culture of collaboration to brand familiarity, there are  benefits to choosing internal candidates...
diversity
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How Your Startup Can Implement Effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices

Much of the dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plans in the media has been focused on established businesses that frankly have the ability to reengineer current strategies, integrate DEI communication into current communication plans, and leverage their organization’s leadership to focus and drive initiatives. Startups and entrepreneurial businesses, however, are most likely starting...
burnout
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Keep Burnout at Bay With These Strategies

Many years ago, I was working on a big project for a global brand. It was complex and had a lot of moving parts, but it was manageable. It didn’t require me to work a crazy number of hours, and I was maintaining a good work-life balance. After just a few months of starting this...
Keren Tsuk mindfully wise
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3 Ways to Engage Employees from a Place of Meaning, Purpose, Intrinsic Motivation, and Connection

Excerpted from "Mindfully Wise Leadership: The Secret of Today’s Leaders" by Keren Tsuk. Copyright 2021 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  Mindful leadership enables us, as managers, to be mindful to ourselves, employees, customers, and the changing market needs—and from this place create workplaces that engage talented people and enable them to thrive, be creative, and...
entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs: How to Focus Ruthlessly and Win in 2022

New and aspiring entrepreneurs often fall victim to impatience and imperfection. When something’s not working perfectly to their standards (or worse, fails), they take it personally and don’t know how to move on to better iterations after the setback. But that’s what startup life is all about. To win, you have to learn how to...
fishbone diagram
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How To Use a Fishbone Diagram To Resolve Startup Issues

Fishbone diagrams are tools used to help diagnose the cause of problems. They are also called cause-and-effect diagrams, fish disease, fish snap method, and Ishikawa diagrams. Additionally, these diagrams are typically used in the problem-solving process to understand what could be causing an issue. They help determine possible root causes of a problem by looking...
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How to Take the Leap and Change Your Life

The following is excerpted from “Jump: Dare to Do What Scares You in Business and Life” by Kim Perell, pp. 3-7 (HarperCollins Leadership, November 2021).   It’s scary looking down. Especially when there’s a lot at stake. You know those decisions that make your heart race and your palms sweat? The ones that are so...
company values
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Company Values Provide a Plan of Attack to Get Back on Track

Excerpted from "The Minimalist Entrepreneur: How Great Founders Do More With Less" by Sahil Lavingia, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Sahil Lavingia, 2021.   Whenever I have to decide what to do next, I ask myself the question Gary Keller poses...
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Life of Purpose: Teacher Kiarra Ambrose Thrives by Humanizing Education

As a lifelong entrepreneur, nothing motivates me to be all I can be more than the stories of fellow Detroiters who exemplify what it means to live a life in which there’s a driving sense of purpose. Given the times in which we currently live, I can’t think of anything worthier than recognizing the amazingly...
Play Nice But Win
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Michael Dell Explains the Values That Make His Company So Successful

https://soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/play-nice-but-win-by-michael Excerpted from "PLAY NICE BUT WIN: A CEO’s Journey from Founder to Leader," published Oct. 5, 2021, by Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Michael Dell.   Back in November 1988, a few months after we went public, I wrote a...
diversity gap
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The Venture Capital Diversity Gap and Why It Matters

Despite the growth in awarded venture capital (VC) funds, a staggering disparity remains between the amount of total VC funds invested in entrepreneurs and the portion of those funds invested in ventures founded and/or led by women—particularly women of color. The dream of virtually every entrepreneur, regardless of their innovation or industry, is to land...
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Don’t Hide your Failures, Show the Struggle to Teach Success

The following is excerpted from “Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights From Our  Greatest Minds” by Scott Jeffrey Miller. Copyright © 2021 by Scott Jeffrey Miller. Used by permission of HarperCollins Leadership. www.harpercollinsleadership.com.  Nely Galán is my sister from another mother. First, we both relentlessly pursue our goals and are unabashedly willing to share our failures along...
WJR Business Beat
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: ReValue Has Unique Approach for Investment Guidance Doing Good For The Broader Community (Episode 283)

On today's Business Beat, Jeff speaks with Angela Barbash, CEO of Ypsilanti-based company Revalue, about how she helps individuals make for-profit investments that have a positive impact on society. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn more about how Revalue and how you can make an impact through your investments: Tune in to...