Laura Petrolino

The Inside-Out Strategy for Reaching Business Goals

By: Laura Petrolino | December 23, 2013 | 
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When setting business goals aligned around cultural change, taking an inside-out approach is most effective. Laura Petrolino outlines four questions you should ask yourself as you embark on a new year and a new plan... Read More
Gini Dietrich

When a Leader Learns of Unethical Behavior

By: Gini Dietrich | December 12, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich When I was a kid, I remember my dad coming home from work one day and saying a guy had been fired. The image I had in my head was the guy literally on fire. I couldn’t understand a) why anyone would do that to another person and b) why that was okay. In retrospect, I was probably eavesdropping on a conversation between [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

The PR Firm Debate: Should Startups Hire One or Not?

By: Gini Dietrich | December 9, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich Dear Mark Cuban, I respect the heck out of you. I normally agree with most things you say and do. But this time? This time, you’re wrong. Much love, Gini Never Hire a PR Firm He recently wrote, “Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules for Startups” for Entrepreneur, and I agree with nearly everything he said. Things such as, “Keep your organizational chart flat,” “sales cure [&hellip... Read More
Alexa Garthwaite

Get More Done With Effective Meeting Planning

By: Alexa Garthwaite | December 4, 2013 | 
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By Alexa Garthwaite Meetings are an unavoidable part of business. Every company, from the smallest start-up to the largest corporate giant, has to hold them. Sometimes, these are productive – participants come up with new ideas, make bold decisions, and leave with a sense of accomplishment and achievement. However, all too often, meetings drag on unnecessarily with uninspired discussion and few conclusions reached. The key to [&hellip... Read More
Laura Petrolino

Human Connection Creates Stronger Businesses

By: Laura Petrolino | November 26, 2013 | 
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By Laura Petrolino I once worked on a project focused on improving human connection through better communication. The communication in question was the human connection between employees and the customers they communicated with on the phone every day. The basic dilemma for them, and for many people in similar positions, is how you improve ‘connection’ when the client is a faceless individual. After a while – [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

The 82 Things I Love

By: Gini Dietrich | November 26, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich I was trolling through Google+ the other day, when I saw an interesting update from Kaarina Dillabough. It was a link from Judy Dunn’s blog post called, “Can You Name 99 Things You Love in 10 Minutes?” Because this is my last post before Thanksgiving (we have our normal guest bloggers tomorrow and then we’re taking the rest of the week off), I [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Three Secrets to Your Own Success

By: Gini Dietrich | November 21, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich The best Christmas gift I could receive (well, other than a Cervelo) is being told I no longer have to turn off my phone or iPad during takeoff and landing on the plane. Merry Christmas early to me! So, while we were preparing for takeoff yesterday, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and came across an interesting article on Samantha Collier’s page. [&hellip... Read More
Bruce Hiebert

Leadership: Why Everything You Know About It is Wrong

By: Bruce Hiebert | November 14, 2013 | 
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By Bruce Hiebert, Ph.D. You can’t help it, but almost everything you think you know about leadership is wrong. Worse still, you can’t see the problem. That’s because the problem is inside your head. It’s your brain that’s misleading you. Leadership: Learning From the Cavemen Here is how it works: Your brain is wired to be highly sensitive to the exceptional. It is what kept your [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Pivot Your Business: What Hitchcock Can Teach Entrepreneurs

By: Gini Dietrich | November 11, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich In the movie Hitchcock, there is a scene where he is lamenting to his wife, Alma, that no one wants to make the movie Psycho because it was a large departure from his previous movies. Though he suggested an inexpensive budget and a fast timeline, Paramount Pictures still rejected him, claiming their sound stages were booked, though the industry was in a slump. So Hitchcock [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

How Content and Social Media Fit into a CEO’s Day

By: Gini Dietrich | November 5, 2013 | 
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By Gini Dietrich On Sunday afternoon, I sat down to chat – via Skype video – with Dan Cristo, the co-founder of Triberr. He’s speaking at SES Chicago this week on the topic of blogging and, rather than go into a room full of people and extol his wisdom on the topic, he has collected soundbites from bloggers that he’ll show during his presentation. (A very [&hellip... Read More