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Leadership is Situational, Integrity is Not

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A few years ago I attended a workshop called Situational Leadership by the great Paul Hersey. He’s the guy who wrote the book on situational leadership. I was really looking forward to the workshop because another lecturer in the class was Marshall Goldsmith (his website is filled with lots of great resources), often considered to… Read more »


Watch Sheryl Sandberg on the Colbert Report [VIDEO]

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On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert – who was in the news this week for replacing David Letterman – welcomed Sheryl Sandberg to the Colbert Report. The COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, Sandberg laughed her way through the interview and managed to get her points across without seeming too serious. They talked about… Read more »


Don’t Judge Struggling Entrepreneurs So Harshly

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If your startup is failing, struggling, or just taking a long time to get off the ground, your self-esteem might be taking a hit. But it shouldn’t, says entrepreneur and philosopher Alain de Botton. In a TEDGlobal talk called “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success,” de Botton outlines the societal factors that are ganging up… Read more »


The Real Takeaway from France’s Work Email “Ban”

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Despite what you may have read this week, France did not categorically ban work email after 6 pm. But they did teach us a lesson, if we’re open-minded enough to hear it: work-life balance isn’t just about the rules we have in place. A labor agreement was signed between some French employers and two workers’… Read more »



6 Mantras for Work-Life Balance

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The web is full of tips for work-life balance, some of which I’ve written myself and will be writing. And while we need tactics and tricks for negotiating the blurry lines between work and play these days, sometimes work-life balance is a mental thing. Sometimes work-life balance comes down to the way you feel. Two… Read more »



5 Accelerator Programs to Help You Launch Your Startup

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Startup founders often debate whether to give up equity to join an accelerator. And even if they do apply, acceptance rates – between 1 and 3 percent – are notorious for being more competitive than Ivy League schools. If you are one of the lucky few accepted into an accelerator, the main benefits include gaining… Read more »


How to Really Recruit a Diverse Workforce [INFOGRAPHIC]

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You may have wondered how great organizations recruit and retain amazing employees. Do they hire from the same alma mater? Do employees have similar skillsets and backgrounds? Do they think, act, and accomplish goals similarly? Actually, it’s the opposite. Diverse teams have varying experiences, learning styles, and success stories, all of which can contribute to… Read more »




DC’s 2014 Spring Startup Weekend: Recap and Winners

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Looking for the next Airbnb? You just might find it at Startup Weekend DC. This past weekend at WeWork DC – Wonder Bread Factory, 13 new startups were created, money was made, $25k was invested, and three months of rent was waved away for one lucky startup. The Judges Panel: Benjamin Wald @benjaminswald – Managing Partner… Read more »


4 Ways You Can Turn Your Startup’s Employees Into Recruiters

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Why spend all your time and money trying to find startup talent when you can use your own employees as recruiters? The most desirable candidates aren’t scouring job boards — they’re usually hired through a connection that recommends them. In fact, an infographic at Undercover Recruiter explains that, while only 7 percent of applicants come… Read more »