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If You Can Dream It, "Crush It"

By Tom Mitchell
Many of us are running a sprint and don't realize it. We move from activity to activity, put our heads down and blinders on and run forward with blinding speed. A marathon sounds much better: you're still moving forward quickly, but taking the time to pace yourself so you can be more resolute and burn your energy when and where it matters while getting a good dose of the scenery. If you let it, life will always take control. There's always a new project, a new job, another presentation to make, another ...
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The Surprising Connection Between Video Games And Business

By Ian Altman
Often in business, we bring new employees - such as today's millennials - into a job by having them shadow an experienced professional who probably already has mastered the game (metaphorically). When introducing someone to a new skill, remember to start from the beginning.
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Hacking Innovation

By Josh Linkner
Hackers are a global fascination, with cybercrime representing our single biggest threat to national security. Their exploits are front-page news, and may have impacted the outcome of our recent election. But putting their sinister motives aside, the dark, underworld of hackers contains some of the most creative minds on the planet. What if hacking approaches could be redirected for productive means? How can we harness the positive attributes of hacking to drive meaningful results in our companies, careers, and ...
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State of the (Media) Union

By Amy Jo Martin
Social media is the ultimate democratizer, equalizer, uniter and divider because it gives a voice and platform to anyone who is willing to engage. We are witnessing, and contributing to, the largest media paradigm shift in decades. The convergence of our country’s declining trust in traditional media, the growth of social media adoption, the ability to behave anonymously online and a splash of Donald Trump has created an unprecedented (or if you prefer 'unpresidented') dynamic. Get your umbrellas out because ...
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How Younger Bosses Can Manage And Lead Older Team Members

By Ian Altman
I started my first company when I was 26 years old. I suddenly found myself hiring people who were older than me. I made a ton of mistakes, and finally discovered how younger bosses can manage and lead older team members. Here is practical advice for young professionals in management roles.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Call To Service

By Earvin Magic Johnson
There's power in uplifting others. Speaking to a hopeful crowd in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, Dr. King shared, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'."; At times like these, we must ask ourselves--how are we of service to those around us? Our acts of service, at every level, carry on Dr. King's legacy. Dr. King is remembered for his transformative role in the Civil Rights Movement, but his modest, consistent acts of service were the foundation of ...
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Making it 'Grape' Again

By Josh Linkner
Avery's Beverages - a company founded in a red Connecticut barn over 100 years ago - was struggling. When Sherman Avery started making handcrafted soda back in 1904, he wasn't facing the crushing competitive pressure of industry giants like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The root beer and ginger ale he made didn't need a celebrity endorsement or a Super Bowl halftime sponsorship; customers loved it based on the simplicity of good old-fashioned cane sugar and natural flavoring. But over the years, the fierce marketplace of ...
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How Professionals Can Learn Emotional Intelligence

By Ian Altman
We've all had run-ins with bad sales people. In the truest sense, however, sales professionals are facilitators who help bridge the gap between a buyer's most pressing problems and the solutions to those problems.
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Two Years Traveling Down A Dark Road

By Tom Mitchell
Learning to Live Differently, Balancing Personal and Professional Selves After Tragedy Since I lost my son, Drew at 22 years old, to an undiagnosed medical condition, I've learned a lot about myself as I've navigated a treacherous and dark road. It has been a little more than two years now since I lost him. As I enter a new year and reflect on the road I've taken, I realized that I have evolved, become different, but better in some ways. First, I found out that asking for help is not bad. People ...
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What's Your Superpower?

By Tom Koulopoulos
CREDIT: Getty Images We all have something that makes us extraordinary, and once you figure it out you're unstoppable! Cutting To The Core If you want to achieve your full potential there is something about yourself that you need to understand intimately and fine tune relentlessly, and it's something that's been inside of you all along. It starts with one of my favorite questions for budding young entrepreneurs, "What is your core competency -- that one things that separates you from 99.999 percent of all ...

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