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Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings On How Winning Led To Obtaining A Wealth Of Life Advice

What makes Kerri Walsh Jennings remarkable? For starters, she’s the Muhammad Ali of beach volleyball — the undisputed greatest in the game. She owns three Olympic gold medals. 133 career victories. And she’s a two-time Sportswoman of the Year Award recipient. I was pretty pumped to chat with Kerri about her career — and more specifically, her…

Screw Personal Branding: Why Authenticity Is The Best Thing You Can Aspire To In Business

People don’t want to be sold on an idea — they want to learn from a real person through a natural conversation. We’re constantly bombarded with images, taglines, and “sponsored posts” that show us a perfect version of reality. Of course, when you’re trying to sell a product or service you want to show only…

How To Strike Gold By Implementing Legendary Marketing

There’s no reason to be like everyone else when you have the chance to be legendary. I see this all the time in the marketing world. Everyone does the same things — they all have social media and they’re all sending you an email at 2:07 pm on a Tuesday. So why would you do the…

Calling All Copycats: Why Your Business Needs Competition To Thrive

If you asked the audience to make a list of things that are sexy, I’d bet you big money that you wouldn’t find garbage on it. Garbage is not sexy. We flush it down the toilet, put it in the trash can, ship if off to somewhere we don’t have to think about it. But…

How Jobs Will Look

The U.S. is in the middle of a digital transformation. Artificial intelligence and technology breakthroughs are changing our world—for better or worse. In this fast-paced landscape, some businesses will thrive, and some will fail. One of the most eye-opening conversations I’ve had on this subject was with billionaire entrepreneur Tom Siebel. In 2006, Tom sold…

3 Secrets To Building Billion Dollar Companies From David Sacks

Plenty of people in Silicon Valley would pay $10,000 to sit down and chat about business with the extraordinary David Sacks. David is one of the all-time great entrepreneurs. He’s the founder and CEO of Yammer, which sold to Microsoft for a cool $1.2 billion. He was also on the original team at PayPal and an angel investor in Facebook,…

Legendary Executive Sue Barsamian Shares Her Playbook For A Successful 36-Year Career

All professional sports teams use a playbook—an extremely detailed outline of repeatable offensive and defensive tactics to win a game. In the business world, top executives use playbooks too. Whether it’s for sales, marketing, product management, or company culture, leaders reference their playbook for replicable, scalable processes directed at boosting the bottom line. Having one…

Jerry Colonna, “The CEO Whisperer,” Says Vulnerability Is The Key To Strong Leadership. Here’s How

When in a position of power, there is strength in vulnerability. I recently had a jam session with Jerry Colonna on my podcast to discuss positional power in the workplace—more specifically, how to lead properly in a place of professional power. For those that don’t know, Jerry is the founder and CEO of Reboot.IO, a coaching company aiming…

What is the number one thing a startup founder can do to ensure a seed stage investment?

Sell category potential. Investors must believe they are getting in early, in an emerging market category. Savvy investors seek potential, not performance. They identify companies leveraging technology to create and dominate new market categories that show promise for significant growth. Because elite tech investors know two things that others don’t: First, the category makes the company. There is no such…