There is no I in Team but there is a ME.

Otherwise known as the “what’s-in-it-for-me” factor. Let’s admit it there are very few people whose actions are truly altruistic.  So for those of us who aren’t Mother Therese (ie. the rest of us) nobody does anything without expecting some sort of return.  And guess what, that’s OK.  It is OK to admit it and most importantly OK to understand that most folks expect some kind of a quid pro quo.  If we are honest in this exchange and with expectations clearly set, all parties can mutually benefit and in fact be an asset to each other no matter what each other’s’ goals may be.

How people perceive you has always been critical to a successful career. Now add in the internet, social media, and the unrelenting hum of 24/7 business, and the ability to brand and promote yourself effectively becomes absolutely essential for young professionals to land the job, earn the raise, or get that much deserved promotion. It is only with the ability to promote yourself that managers and executives can see Gen Y workers as invaluable employees, game-changing managers, or the people whose names are synonymous with success.

Research shows that people who are comfortable with promoting themselves are not only more successful in landing a job from an interview, but go on to build stronger networks – within their organization and outside of it – and are more successful in business and throughout their careers.... CONTINUE READING  


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The 2015 Respect the Duck Award goes to Dr. Renee Dua. 


Dr. Renee Dua never ceases to amaze us. She is a board certified Doctor with a busy medical practice in nephrology, hypertension and internal medicine, co-founder of successful startup HEAL described as the UBER of Medical Care, and hands-on mother of two boys under two years of age. When you speak with Renee you get a calm, grounded, attentive person that gives you her full attention, you would never know that she is changing the future of medical care. Renee we salute you!

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Smart organizations have recognized that introducing new technology into the workplace isn’t about hardware or software: it’s about wetware, also known as human beings. If you want to be the kind of nimble business that can make the most of successive waves of tech innovation, you need human beings who can adapt to change. CONTINUE READING


YESTERDAY, THE 46-YEAR-OLD Google veteran who oversees the company’s search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal’s rather enormous shoes would be filled by a man named John Giannandrea. On one level, these are just two guys doing something new with their lives. But you can also view the pair as the ideal metaphor for a momentous shift in the way things work inside Google—and across the tech world as a whole.  CONTINUE READING


The allegations are beyond chilling: two Virginia Tech freshmen charged with the premeditated kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl who, authorities say, communicated with her murderer online. But the way they chatted — on a wildly popular messaging app called Kik — has increasingly become a source of concern for law enforcement. CONTINUE READING


Quartz released its new app today, and it looks very much like a messaging app. Which is smart, because for anybody trying to build a news brand today, messaging is clearly the most important new area to conquer, and right now the field is wide open.

There are two big reasons for this: reach and branding.  CONTINUE READING



“To Lead a Successful Company, Start with Yourself” 
By Dave Daley, “The Monster Motivator”  

We live in an exciting time for entrepreneurs. New technologies and alternative funding options provide unprecedented access to capital, making it possible for anyone with a solid idea and a lot of determination to launch a new business. Shows like Shark Tank and The Profit glorify the everyman innovator as well as the all-powerful (and amply funded) business guru. And it seems like for every über-successful, traditionally managed corporation out there, there is a thriving company that went from fledgling start-up to household name without following any of the “rules”—no prolonged analysis, no business school, no suits, no conformity.  

While the very nature of the modern entrepreneur is changing, the one thing that remains constant is the importance of effective leadership. Because it’s equally true that for every Facebook-style success story, there are countless other ventures that tried and failed. Or a thousand other dreamers with a great idea or a passionate vision but no capability to make something happen. If success can be so easily had, what is holding back those businesses or, more to the point, you? All too often, the missing link is strong leadership and a focus on building a culture around that leadership.   

The Role of Personal Development in Leadership Development 

For the past century, the most astute observers of the business world have been fascinated with one intangible factor that drives a business’s success or failure: effective leadership. Perhaps the most influential figure in advancing leadership-development theory was Napoleon Hill, the motivational author who dedicated 20 years to researching and interviewing the most exceptional people of his time. He chronicled the achievements (and struggles) of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Alexander Graham Bell, Charles M. Schwab, John D. Rockefeller, and nearly 500 other leaders. He then distilled the wisdom of his research into 13 steps to success, which were the basis of his 1937 book, Think and Grow Rich 

At the crux of his findings was the essential truth that everything starts and stops with your level of personal development. If you were to repeat his study with the most successful business leaders of today—Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban—you would arrive at the same conclusion....  

This video made especially for SoCal Digital Symposium and focuses on 2 subjects that Dave believes are the vitally important and foundation for any successful business;
effective leadership and understanding how to identify and break thorough your fear barriers for you and your team.

Dave is an Entrepreneur, Dynamic Content-Rich Leadership Keynote Speaker, and Author of "Knock Out Fear in the First Round".


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