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  • To Rant or Not to Rant? Is That Your Question?
    by Steve Farber - November 22, 2017
    Just before the 2016 presidential elections, the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey that pretty much confirms what I suspect most of us think about political content on social media. It found, for instance, that only 20 percent of social media users said they “like seeing lots of political posts and discussions,” while 37 percent said they were “worn out” by such posts and discussi...
  • Three Simple Tips to Start Solving Problems in Your Business Today
    by Steve Farber - November 8, 2017
    David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. As he succinctly put it: “What the hell do I know about satellite super structures?” So, when the team shared the key problems that were holding back progress, Conley turned to something he knew rather well: a method...
  • 3 Signs Your Culture is Starting to Stink
    by Steve Farber - October 13, 2017
    If your organization’s culture sits on either end of two extremes, you don’t need an engagement survey or a high-priced consultant to confirm your reality. You can feel the energy when things are amazing, and you can smell the stench when things are rotting away in your business. But what if things are somewhere in between? What if you’re unsure if things are heading in the right direction? Or what if you&...
  • 3 tips for becoming a thought leader
    by Steve Farber - October 3, 2017
    Have you ever meet someone who seems so consumed with convincing you of his or her credibility that you quickly realize this person has absolutely no credibility? I often have that feeling when people tell me they are a “thought leader.” Really? Did you get a degree for that? Is it on your business card? Yet, that label is much-desired these days among people, brands, and companies. And that’s not a bad...
  • Cultivating A Great Company Culture
    by Steve Farber - September 14, 2017
    It’s not surprising that an organization’s culture often is compared to a garden. After all, culture and cultivate share the same root word. The key to creating a great culture, then, is obvious: Cover it in manure, soak it with water, and pray for sunshine. OK, it’s probably better to plant the right seeds in the best soil, nurture the garden with love, and celebrate your fruits, vegetables, and blooms. Y...
  • Hack Your Brain to Become A Better Leader
    by Steve Farber - August 9, 2017
    The entrepreneur’s brain at times can resemble the grand finale of a million-dollar fireworks show. Music’s blaring and things are blowing up all over the place. And while it’s pretty and entertaining, it’s also out of control, hard to follow, and a bit exhausting. It’s easy during these times for leaders to end up mentally drained and emotionally overwhelmed by the high-speed, explosive challe...
  • Don't Eliminate Tension, Harness It
    by Steve Farber - July 26, 2017
    You’ve heard of the legendary Charles Atlas, right? Big dude. He was born Angelo Siciliano, but he changed his name after going from a skinny weakling to a specimen so ripped he resembled the Greek Titan known for holding up the sky. A century ago, Charles Atlas bulked up to become the most famous bodybuilder of his day. He then created a fitness plan based on “dynamic tension,” and, with the help of a tim...
  • Pursue Your Goals With Passion
    by Steve Farber - July 19, 2017
    The summit of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) is 20,310 feet above sea level, and Werner Berger was 200 feet from the peak. Just another 20 minutes of climbing and he would cross the tallest mountain in North America off his list. The weather, however, had turned nasty. And rather than risk getting caught in a whiteout, Berger’s group turned back. “Everybody was so disappointed for me and wondered how...
  • How To Leap Into Extreme Leadership
    by Steve Farber - June 26, 2017
    The world is full of people who call themselves leaders, but woefully short of Extreme Leaders. Perhaps you think that’s OK. Extreme Leaders, you might reason, are only needed for extreme circumstances – a soldier taking fellow troops into battle, a Sherpa guiding climbers up Mount Everest, or a quarterback directing a potential game-winning drive in the Super Bowl. Everyday life, you might say, requires only every...
  • How to Build True Friendships in the Business World
    by Steve Farber - June 21, 2017
    Heshie Segal is my friend. I don’t mean that as a disclaimer, but as a prime example of what you’re about to learn from her. British anthropologist Robin Dunbar famously estimated that humans can maintain a social circle of no more than 150 people, with no more than five people in our “closest layer” of friends. For entrepreneurs who depend on networks of relationships, that might seem a bit disco...