Are we facing a looming crisis in employee competence?

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In the midst of all the euphoric discourse about how new forms of digital technologies are able to disrupt established industries, a most foundational trait commonly shared amongst these stated examples almost always gets lost: The best disrupters of our time today do not follow an established playbook.  Almost every industry is being disrupted around […]

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Three Big Leadership Turn-Offs

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These past few days I was reflecting on the new hire interviews I conducted in 2015 to see what I want to optimize in 2016 as our business grows and scales. One specific element I looked at was what behaviors caused me to begin to lose interest within the first 5 seconds of a discussion. […]

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Open sourcing my travel tips to tame the international road warrior in you

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I travel a ton. 90% of it is international and always multi-city trips. I recently exchanged messages with a friend who asked how I do it.  So as I return home this one last time in 2015, I thought I’d light up a blog post on what I do to make travel a little easier: […]

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Why high-performing cultures barf at most employee engagement initiatives

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Employee engagement is clearly the new kale. It’s become a contender in the game of buzzword bingo in the workplace and even boardrooms. But in all fairness, it’s a real issue. Forbes magazine cites results from a Gallup poll: “…70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their […]

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Welcome to community-powered Commerce

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The need for customer engagement is clear. They buy more: “Fully engaged customers represent an average 23% premium in terms of share of wallet, profitability, revenue and relationship growth.” (Gallup) They expect it: “70-90% of the buyers journey is complete prior to engaging a vendor.” (Forrester Research) And they need it: “45% of buyers require person-to-person contact […]

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Jobs has nothing on Musk

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There were legitimate complaints about the Model X launch event. There usually are about most launches.  Venture Beat took Elon Musk to the cleaners, calling his performance during the Model X launch “…a marketing and PR disaster, concluding: “I know it’s an unfair comparison for anyone, really, but given Musk’s incredible entrepreneurial achievements, I can’t help comparing […]

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