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Inspiration

Las Vegas

How to Forge Your Own Path to Success

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

As a kid, you grow up with certain beliefs that will stick with you throughout your life. But as you mature, experience the world, launch a career, and find someone to share the journey along the way, your beliefs might change and alter the…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog that no one expected to be great. As the skinny, baby-faced son of Dell Curry, every major Division 1 school…

Tips & How To’s

12 Leadership Tips to Build a Cohesive Team

By | Jun 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

Leadership qualities are important to gain if you want to find success in the business world. While this is easy to understand, it is sometimes frustrating knowing where to turn for leadership advice.  Here’s a list of leadership qualities that can help you have…

Tips & How To’s

Understanding the Most Important Trait of Any Good Leader

By | May 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

It’s 2017. The Mad Men era has long since passed. So I’m here to tell you: get over yourself. Gone are the days when leaders are expected to never, ever show weakness or vulnerability for fear of causing their employees to doubt or question…

Healthy Entrepreneur

4 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Leadership

By | Apr 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

The freedom of being a leader comes with hidden shackles. Whether it’s the ties you feel to your investors or the commitment you feel to your supporters and employees, letting these people down is simply not an option as a startup founder. As a…

Healthy Entrepreneur

5 Ways to Maintain Positive Momentum at Work

By | Apr 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

Capitalizing on positive momentum at work takes a conscious effort, day in and day out. You need to make sure your team is feeling it before getting all your work done. However, it can be hard to maintain that positive momentum without a few…

Travel

How Traveling the World Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

They say that travel is the only thing you can spend your money on that makes you richer. While that may sound like a cheesy cliché, it’s steeped in truth. Exploring the world opens people up to new ideas and perspectives, while enabling us…

HR and Recruiting

7 Ways to Boost Motivation In Your Team

By | Mar 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

It’s not just their leadership skills that will soar. Your business will too. As a business owner, it’s not just the job make budgeting decisions, sign the paychecks, and promote production and sales. It is also part of the job to motivate your team to…

Opinion/Analysis

5 Ways Leaders Can Truly Support Their People

By | Mar 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I learned most of what I know about conducting business in the U.S. through my partner, Arthur Cooper. When we started Optimum7 back in 2007, he had 30 years’ experience running successful businesses and managing teams. Some of Arthur’s teachings over the years have…

Entrepreneur

8 Leadership Skills Harvard Thinks You Need to Be Successful

By | Feb 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Success is undeniably subjective. Some believe that corporate power and hearty bank accounts are what makes a person successful, while others feel that a network of close friends and a fulfilling job is more than enough. Whatever your definition of success is, one thing is…

HR and Recruiting

How Should You Measure an Employee’s Leadership Potential?

By | Jan 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

If you’re lucky, one of your everyday employees will demonstrate an ability to manage people, delegate tasks, and take responsibility for ongoing projects. As someone in management, one of your duties is to pick out which employees have the most leadership potential when future positions…

FinTech

NYC

Fintech Startup Bstow Is Powering Millennial Giving

By | Nov 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Millennials are now the largest generation in the US labor force, numbering more than 75 million. Understanding why they donate their time and money to a particular is vital to the social sector. The financial industry has leveraged the concept of digital spare change to tap…

Business

NYC

Leadership In Business Starts With You

By | Nov 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

If you hang out with entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon long enough, there’s is bound to be some great advice on leadership. At the Chase for Business Conference in New York, he didn’t disappoint. “To be a good leader, first you need to know how to…

Opinion/Analysis

Emotional Leadership Is Vital for All Startup Founders

By | Oct 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

Success is no longer measured by the amount of zeros in your bank statement. While every startup founder needs to have an eye on the bottom line, quality leadership doesn’t come from a quarterly report. It doesn’t come from funding announcements, and it doesn’t come…

Entrepreneur

Being Your Own Boss Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

By | Sep 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

With entrepreneurship comes a lot of baggage. Between sleepless nights, hectic mornings, and a schedule that Tim Cook would shutter at, entrepreneurs are constantly inundated with problems to solve, fires to put out, and employees to deal with. But as anyone hoping to start…

Opinion/Analysis

Are We Overusing the Term ‘Leader’?

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The word leadership is thrown around quite liberally, but it is less common to analyze what leadership means, to think about who leaders really are, and to consider how to expand the pool of leaders. People usually think only of the actions a leader…

Tips & How To’s

Why (and How) to Let Your Employees Pinpoint Your Biggest Hurdles

By | Sep 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

Let’s face it: Most companies are scared to ask their employees “What are we doing wrong here?” That’s because employees often come armed with a laundry list of grievances that organizations either don’t want to hear or don’t believe are problems. The result? Issues…