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An Interview with Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke
Dec 3, 2019 · 10 min read

Always have a bias for action. You don’t have to have it all figured out, but there are ways to prototype a big move before you make it. Interview someone in a role you are interested in, volunteer with an organization, send out a survey to a group of 50 acquaintances to gauge interest.



  1. Expect excellence from your team and don’t be afraid to move on from someone if it’s not a good fit. If a team member isn’t performing and you’ve given them actionable feedback and a plan to improve, it means it’s the wrong fit all around. It’s never an easy conversation, but don’t wait — it does neither party any good.
  2. Find business partners that are aligned with you in more ways than just the business plan. If you want a family, make sure they believe in work/life balance too, for example.
  3. Exercise and meditate as much as you can. There’s never enough time, but I find this to be true: Meditate for 15 minutes every day unless you’re really busy, then do it for 30.
  4. Take a vacation! Breaks are positive and refresh your mind and spirit. Find ways to recharge as often as you can because starting a business requires every ounce of energy you have.

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Phil La Duke

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Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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