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Great Work

There's a small, unassuming pizza pub in suburban Chicago called Nick's Pizza Pub that continues to have a huge impact on its surrounding community. This one of a kind restaurant was founded byNick Sarilloin 1995, with the purpose of providing his community, an unforgettable place; to...

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Can't Buy Me Like

No business on the planet serves their customer with more zeal thanAmazon.com. Since its founding, Jeff Bezos has demonstrated his commitment to the customer by metaphorically using an empty chair to signify to his team that the customer is always the most important person in...

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The 7 Non-Negotiables

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a remarkable entrepreneur, David K. Williams and encouraged to dive deep intoThe 7 non-negotiables that drive his company Fishbowl Inventories' stellar results. At first glance, I was awe struck by his level of transparency and humility rarely do I...

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Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

Few would argue that Phil Jackson is amongst the greatest coaches in professional sports. With 11 NBA championships on his resume, his record is without peer but, being a few years removed from coaching, I am convinced that it was his unorthodox approach to leadership, and life for...

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The Barefoot Spirit

Each business has its own unique story; none more inspiring than the one featuring Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey; founders of one of America's most beloved wine labels Barefoot Wine Bubbly. In 1986, with no money, and little business or wine experience; Bonnie and Michael...

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Selling with Noble Purpose

In 2007, while a senior product manager at Google, Marissa Mayer led a group of eighteen high achieving product managers on a sixteen day trip to Tokyo, Beijing, Bangalore and Tel Aviv to gain a global understanding of the impact their company was having on the world. During their...

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Managers are Mentors

A mentor is a confidant, a role model and a thinking partner she's there to share the wisdom of her experience, challenge my thinking and help me see my blind spots. A manager picks the best people, is focused on opportunities, not problems, and is relentless about being on the...

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The Business of Belief

Society has conditioned us to be mistrusting of others; particularly those we don't know. During the early years of my career in financial service, I was keenly aware that my highest priority was to earn the trust of those I served and worked with. Because I was young and inexperienced, I had to rely on...

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The Right Side of Motivation

Modern psychology tells us that, as individuals, we're much more intrinsically motivated If given the opportunity, most of us would opt for a high level of autonomy, for a chance to be the best at something, and for the opportunity to leave our mark on the world. While it takes real courage to...

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First Step

Mark Twain once said, "the secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one. For many, all it takes is one tiny victory to build confidence and demonstrate...

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