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Learn Global Languages: Three Tongues to Lick Life

It’s common belief that mastering a foreign language gives you an advantage both in the workplace, as well as in life. For example, there’s greater empathy for other cultures and a ton of research showing language learning helps in academic achievement and cognitive abilities. Learning foreign languages has its merits and I double majored in Economics and Spanish, so I …

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The Grand Plan

A bit of context: For the past 10 years, I’ve owned a wealth management firm called LotusGroup Advisors, and at the end of 2015, I transitioned out of the day-to-day operations. I spent 2016 Q1) transitioning clients, Q2) vagabonding, Q3) starting with ‘why’, and Q4) building the ‘next’. Flow’s initial service offering is to help companies convert more of the …

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Building My Next

Once I figured out my ‘why’, I needed to figure out how. I decided to bank on the fact that of the 8 businesses I’ve started, 7 have been professional services. I was willing to bet that there was something I figured out around sales and marketing that frustrated other business owners. So I went right back to work and …

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Starting With Why

I’m not gonna front, when I watched Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start with Why”, my immediate response was, “who’s actually DONE that?” The premise is that great companies start by answering “why” first: Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? These inspired leaders and organizations are all …

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The Untold Stories of a Business Celebrating its 10th Birthday

Every year since 2006, I’ve used this week as a time of reflection, a time of creation, and a time to honor. For me, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is auspicious: a time where new things are meant to begin. And this year… well, you know I’m not breaking tradition. I going to share with you as clients, teammates, …

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The Power of Sprints: 2 Weeks to Build Your Systems

All around you are organizations with heroic leaders who know that somewhere, their shit is broken, they don’t know how to fix it, where to start, how to find the time, or how to make it all work fast enough. Their goals require way more hours than committed, way more frustration than expected, and way less fulfillment than intended Therein …

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Meet the Lion Tamer from Upstairs Circus, Matt Johannsen

  Matt Johannsen aka “Josie” and his wife, Kelly, started Upstairs Circus together and have captured a totally creative niche: crafts & cocktails. But this ain’t no ordinary follow-along painting class; this is a dope-ass bar, with banging beats, and an edgy vibe. And the crafts are things that you’d ACTUALLY use, wear, and show off on Instagram and in your …

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Jason Eckenroth Reveals What Happened Immediately After His Company Was Acquired

If you polled 100 startup founders about the kinds of things to expect during the process of a company acquisition, you’d be hard pressed to find any of them who would suggest that the company being bought would continue to grow exponentially during and after the acquisition process. But that’s exactly what happened as Jason Eckenroth (website) led his team …

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How One Little Clause Led To A Bigger Exit For Matt Jaffe’s Spin-Off

A very real business strategy these days is to create and establish a tech or software based startup for the purpose of selling to a large corporate buyer in short order. It happens every day, but that’s not what Matt Jaffe and his co-founders had in mind when they started a spin-off company. Their goal was to create an additional …