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Skill Acquisition First. — I cannot remember when I heard it or from whom, but that became my “mantra” as a teenager and it followed me through my 20s and most of my 30s. I always loved learning and saw the world as a place of abundance, so it was difficult for me as an adolescent to hear from so many adults that I needed to choose a single career and specialize. That seemed to counter what appealed to me the most — novelty and learning. Plus, I was good at lots of things and got bored easily.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ernest Toney.


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Flexibility. In research or business, adjusting to unforeseen problems and being flexible when results don’t turn out as planned is important. You always need to ask yourself, “If this one approach does not work, is there another approach that can still achieve your end goal?”

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Shuler.

Michael Shuler, Ph.D., is president & chief executive officer of Hesperos Inc., a biotech company developing a novel technology to accelerate drug discovery and development through its “Human-on-a-Chip” platform. He was the founding chair for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University and has been a faculty member for nearly 50 years. He has published over 300 journal articles on his research in pharmacology and toxicology, and won numerous scientific awards including the Lush Prize for Science and elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.


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Love the product you work for — It’s important to not only enjoy what you do but believe in and love the product you work for.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Berkemeyer.

Lauren Berkemeyer is VP Marketing at YuLife, the tech-driven insurance company on a mission to inspire life. She was previously VP of Marketing at LifeWorks, and has harnessed her many years of experience in marketing to promote innovative technological products which promote everyday health and wellbeing. …


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A second great piece of advice came from one of our advisors, she said early that as we grow we need to refrain from hiring people who are too high level and can’t do any tactical work. We have absolutely seen how critical it is that startups hire people who can do both. There’s a common belief that someone is either good at high-level strategy or good at detail-oriented execution. This couldn’t be more false. Doing both is necessary, and our teams do both on a daily basis.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Phil Santoro and David Kolodny.


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Persistence is key to being successful, it won’t happen overnight. When we first started our company, I definitely thought our phones would start ringing as soon as we launched our website. Obviously, I learned quickly that this wasn’t the case. At some point within the first few months, my business partner and I met to discuss our long-term plan with GreatBuildz. We both acknowledged that we wouldn’t find success overnight — we had to commit to one another (and to ourselves) that we were devoted to the organization for the long haul. …


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Think BIG — you can not be blessed with abundance if you don’t put yourself in a position to receive it. So many brilliant, awesome people settle for mediocrity. Sad thing is they don’t even realize it usually.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jolee Martin.

Founder and President of J Martin Consulting and Multi Axis Manufacturing LLC, Jolee Martin brings 30 years of progressive experience in operations. Jolee honed her skills as a Senior Consultant for a Texas based consulting firm where she coached C-suite clients in environments ranging from Aerospace and Automotive, Manufacturing and Fabrication, to Distribution and Logistics. …


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Have respect for the individual. This is one of the well-known “three core beliefs” instituted by Thomas Watson, Jr. and memorialized in the IBM Business Conduct Guidelines. These words were ingrained deeply in IBM’s culture (and in me) in a way that shaped the way that employees interacted with customers, partners, and with each other internally. The culture of companies and the culture of work have changed dramatically in recent years. This business principle remains timeless.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rich Hempel.


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Put your feet up. Chris Fry, who has been an engineering mentor of mine for a long time, gave me this advice as I started my management career. It’s incredibly important as a leader to optimize towards doing nothing so that you create opportunities for the people that work with you.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ankur Goyal.

Ankur has spent his life thinking about how to make data more accessible to people. He holds several patents in database technology and, as employee number two and vp of engineering at MemSQL, he built and scaled the engineering team. But one thing troubled him: while companies have figured out how to maximize value from structured data, how can they take new unstructured data forms that are rapidly growing in companies, and enable employees to extract, analyze and make data useful? …


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Manage and motivate with results.

It’s important to use quantifiable results as indicators of success and tools for managing and motivating your team. In my time at the helm of Telio and Wire I have lived by the saying, “if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.” Not only does this strategy help provide clear, objective (and unbiased) feedback, it creates a feeling of accomplishment and celebration amongst your team. Your team is a finite resource that you need to care for. …


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Say what you’re going to teach, then teach it, then tell them what they’ve learned.” — Uncle Joe Argenio, retired teacher.

A big part of the ‘MI’ process involves presenting a ton of information about clients’ brands, what we’ve learned about competition, etc. MI allows me to ‘speak marketing’ about music, but it’s still a lot of new info for marketers to absorb. I was driving my wife’s uncle Joe to NY one night and asked him for some words of wisdom about teaching, after doing it for 30+ years. He said “Say what you’re going to teach, then teach it, then tell them what they’ve learned.” and said it never failed to turn knowledge into understanding for his students. That hit home for me, and has proven to be a simple formula for success. …

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