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Quote: There is a tide in the affairs of men.

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now … Continue reading

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6 Steps to Drive Innovation at Your Media Company

Innovation: it’s a necessity for anyone who is looking to grow their business in the rapidly changing world of media today. Judging by the recent ABM and Industry Information Summit I attended, at which innovation was a key theme, I’m … Continue reading

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Why B2B Media Companies Should Consider Online Learning

Originally Posted by FOLIO for my column on FolioMag.com. By Alex Ford As digital media has evolved over the past 10 years, one of the themes – particularly for those of us in the B2B space – has been the … Continue reading

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The Art of giving Negative Feedback: Part 3 – Hone Your Delivery

As I discussed in the first two parts of this series, it’s critical to set the right context for delivering negative feedback as a manager and leader as well as build a feedback process. But even if you’ve done a … Continue reading

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Simple Rule: Don’t Give Negative Feedback in Email (or Via Text)

In my 15 years of being a CEO, there is one simple rule I follow: Never send negative feedback via email. That includes chat or text message and essentially anything electronic. Particularly for those of you in the workforce under … Continue reading

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Tip: Hire people who can grow with your company.

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to hire. Clearly you need people who are smart, proactive, self-starters, team players and have the right skills. The list goes on and on. But if you’re running a small, growing company … Continue reading

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If you’re interested in startups, where do you fall?

Where do you fall? This is right on. If you’re in the middle, this clearly depicts both both the excitement and challenge that comes with being a CEO or entrepreneur.

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Quote: Steve Jobs on Focus and Simplicity

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you … Continue reading

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The Law of Red Flags in Management

Managing people can be one of the most difficult, challenging and frustrating aspects of running a business or advancing in your career. It can also be one of the most rewarding. How do you get more of the latter and … Continue reading

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“No one ever got very smart from talking”

“No one ever got too smart from listening” – Mike Herning

As Mike Herning, Chairman of my company and my mentor often says you can never get too smart by shutting your mouth and listening. It’s something I always have to remind myself. As a case in point, I switched the channel to The Apprentice the other day as I do from time to time. I’m always struck by how the above quote applies. There’s always the same lesson to be learned: If you are called into the boardroom (perhaps any boardroom), it is best to keep quiet and speak when spoken to. No good can come of popping off. Speak when spoken to and learn from listening.

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