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Want to Hook an Investor? Start With Your Personal Values

As an angel investor in new startups, I’ve long believed that investors invest in people, not ideas. But the magic that makes one entrepreneur stand out over others is hard to quantify– yet we all recognize it when we see it.In my view, it starts with your communication of real personal values and ends with your focus on results. In fact, these same attributes also bound your leadership skills.As a mentor, my mission is to recommend actions that can strengthen your image with investors and peers, as well as help you get the startup job done.I believe …

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How Sympathy Brands Became The Leading Player in The Industry

Working in an industry that is taboo to many people is quite a challenge; I know this because I recently started Remembering.Live, a virtual memorial service provider, after my mom passed away last March and gathering restrictions were in place. While the pandemic highlighted the need for the end of life industry to quickly adjust and adapt, Sympathy Brands, a Florida based company was already using proprietary technology to bridge the gap between consumers and the industry, helping to modernize business practices for funeral homes and cemeteries.Sympathy Brands is the parent company to Shiva.com, eCondolence.com, and …

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My Employee Argues And Debates Every Little Thing

Inc.com columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues–everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.A reader asks:I have a direct report who argues every change or new task that is assigned, including changes the entire team is being asked to comply with. She frequently argues that she feels some other team should be responsible for the task or complains no other team is having to do it and says that she doesn’t understand why we do.She will do this in …

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28 Love and Happiness Quotes for February 2021

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for thinking about love, relationships, and the next installment of my 365 inspirational quotes for 2021, one month at a time.If you like these kinds of compilations, feel free to download my free ebook, 365+ Top Inspirational Quotes, which includes top selections from past years. Here’s the installment for February:1.    “People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws?” –Elizabeth …

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This Job Interview Question Elon Musk Loved Should Never Be Asked By Any Interviewer, Ever

To paraphrase Inc. colleague Justin Bariso, Elon Musk is at heart a problem solver. And his companies — Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company — attract like minds: Some of the smartest, most skilled people in the world want to become a part of the teams trying to solve incredibly challenging problems.But how did Musk — who reportedly personally interviewed each new SpaceX employee — decide who to hire? And later, after the company grew, each engineer?According to Ashlee Vance’s book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Musk liked to ask questions that caught …

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How To Coach A Combative, Negative Employee

Inc.com columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues–everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.Here’s a roundup of answers to five questions from readers.1. How to coach a combative, negative employeeI have an employee who I would really like to succeed, but her attitude makes it difficult for her to get ahead. She has an us vs them mentality when it comes to management and often takes a combative approach when discussing employee issues, policy changes, updates, or general feedback. It makes …

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At Delta and United Airlines, These 2 Short Words Make a Big Difference For 2021

Here’s a leadership question, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. When you’re leading a team in difficult times, is it better to exude optimism, or lean toward realism? This is the sort of thing I cover in my free ebook, Flying Business Class: 10 Rules for Leaders From the U.S. Airlines, about what business leaders can learn from watching the airlines. (You’re invited to download it here.)Over the past 10 days or so, we’ve had the chance to watchas Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, each took a …

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To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence, Stop Using This Word Inside Your Head

When you’re faced with a difficult decision, stressful situation, or an upsetting event, how do you talk to yourself about it? Do you think things like this? “I’m so unhappy,” or “I just don’t know what to do.” If the answer is yes, you can help yourself a lot with a small but significant change to your mental vocabulary. When thinking to yourself about a problem you’re facing, stop using the word “I.” Using a different word will help you step back, see the big picture, empathize with others, and generally tap into your own emotional intelligence. It can give …

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12 Key Secrets of Tom Brady’s Success, Quickly Explained and Then Ranked By How Easy They Are to Copy

Tom Brady is the oldest active player on an NFL roster, and somehow he’s just two wins away from yet another Super Bowl trophy. Business leaders can learn a lot from studying Brady. In fact, I’ve compiled an entire ebook about this idea: Tom Brady Always Wins, which you can download here for free. Whether you’re a Brady fan or not (and whether you care about sports or not) here are 12 key secrets to Brady’s success, each explained in under 100 words, and ranked more or less by how replicable they are:  1.    He controls his emotions.Losing control of your feelings …

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Jeff Bezos Says He Makes Time In His Schedule to Do Nothing. It’s a Brilliant Example of Emotional Intelligence

When you think about someone like Jeff Bezos, it’s easy to assume that the CEO of the world’s largest online retailer–never mind the wealthiest person on the planet–has a lot going on. I’m sure he does. There are, no doubt, plenty of things to keep him busy, from meetings to phone calls to public events.Still, according to Bezos, the most valuable time every day is the time he spends doing nothing. At least, nothing scheduled.In a new book called “Invent & Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos,” he says:”I like to putter in the morning. I get …

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