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Sportsmanship Matters

I’m a huge proponent of kids play sports. Growing up, I was constantly involved in one sport or another, baseball, basketball, or tennis, through high school. More important than wins or losses or how good I got at a specific sport, was the life lessons that I learned in the process. The greatest lesson I ever learned was the importance of sportsmanship. With time, I could no longer go 5 sets on the tennis cour
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Get More Done by Working Together

I grabbed lunch today with one of my good friends, Michael Sanders, who is the lead Product Manager at BambooHR. I have always loved working with Michael. He is smart, talented, unassuming, and JUST GETS IT. It’s no surprise that I have found ways to continue working with him, even though our careers have led us to different companies. It seems like a no-brainer now, I have the opportunity to work with so many
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Disagreements Build Greatness

This morning, I was excited to watch the Outside the Lines feature on Michael Jordan’s struggle as an NBA executive. I was excited because I was hoping to pick up a few lessons on leadership, some stories I could share with my team about the dangers of surrounding yourself with “yes men.” As the story rolled, there was no focus at all on Jordan’s lack of leadership ability and there was no foc
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Don’t Take Your Customers For Granted

My video wasn’t convincing? Here are 3 simple reasons why you shouldn’t take your current customers for granted: They pay you $$$ Treated right, they will likely buy more products/services Word of mouth is so much more valuable than cold calls
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Building a Data Driven Culture: The Tools

There is a popular philosophy that many are espousing that claims “it’s not about the tools, it’s about the people.” There is some truth to this philosophy, it is about the people but it is also about the tools. As I was preparing to write this post, I found myself struggling to come up with a good analogy to make my point. I was struggling because I couldn’t find just one analogy —
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Discovery Channel’s Social Reload Failure

Discovery Channel re-aired the 2012 season premier episode of their hit show, Deadliest Catch, in what they have called “Deadliest Catch: Social Reload.” The Reload episode is supposed to “go deeper than ever with fan tweets [and] interactive questions,” however the onscreen Tweets are impossible to read and it feels more like an episode of VH1′s Pop-Up Video circa 1996 then a well produ
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Lessons I learned from a School Teacher Mom: Managing Out of Pocket

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way qualified to give advice on how to run a team. I don’t have an MBA from a fancy Ivy League School. I was educated at a State University. I have no track record of successfully running teams. This is merely my own personal philosophy. Take it or leave it. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been an elementary school teacher. Almost every Saturday, I remember going to the local Ut
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Talented People Collaborate

It’s no fluke that the most talented among us are the most likely to collaborate. Talented people know the secret that the more you give, the more you receive. Unfortunately, those who are in the most need of collaboration, are the ones who fall into the trap that “if I can only hoard all my knowledge, I will become indispensable.”  However, knowledge can not be hoarded, you can’t keep knowled
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Start Falling On Your Ass

When I was 6. My mom dropped me off at the base of Powder Mountain and said “have fun, I’ll see you tonight.” My ski instructor taught me some of the basics and soon enough I was snow plowing down the bunny hill like an old pro. After one exceptionally fantastic run, I made it to the bottom of the hill with a huge smile on my face, expecting to see the same matching smile on my instructor’s fa
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You Are Making A Difference

There seems to be a popular sermon going around that if you aren’t constantly climbing your way up the corporate ladder, then you don’t have any real influence and you aren’t able to effect change. Bullshit! It is often those leaders who don’t hold the official title that are impacting the most change in organizations. If you are hyper focused on making the next leap up in leadership so you ca
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