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How to Disagree Without Being Perceived as the Naysayer on Your Team

I once walked into what I expected to be a fairly tense meeting, and the senior executive in the wrong pointed at me, and said: “I don’t care what he says, I disagree.” That was the first and only time I’ve ever been disagreed with, without opening my mouth. While you will never come off in a positive light if

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Dealing with Crazy Startup Leaders: A Quick Guide

Startups are an important part of the tech world, often serving as the first employers for software developers, architects, engineers and the like. Unlike established firms, they’re often led by untested founders. More than half will fail in their first five years, according to the website Small Business Trends; of those, 46 percent will close their doors because of incompetence,

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The Many Uses of Pareto’s Principle or the 80/20 Rule

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country. Pareto observed that 20 percent of the people owned 80 percent of the nation’s wealth. He could not know it, but in time that rule would be found to apply with uncanny accuracy to many situations and be useful in

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