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Read about leadership and entrepreneurship from Acceleration Partners’ Founder and Managing Director, Robert Glazer.

Causation and correlation may sound alike but are very different. The former means the root of subsequent events, while the latter refers to an actual or apparent relationship between trends in which neither is the direct cause of the other. This distinction is critical to effective marketing, as confusing these ideas can lead to costly mistakes. Seventy percent of marketers are attempting to drive engagement by using channels outside of the primary one a campaign uses. But almost half...
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This may be the happiest season of the year, but for many managers and employees, things aren’t all that merry and bright. Many are stressing about whether they've put in enough face time with the boss or clocked enough hours at the office. Why the trepidation? Because they’re about to have their dreaded year-end performance review. Things maybe different this year, however. Thirty-seven percent of people in the United States work from home an average two days per month, and...
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It’s a fact of life: Staying happy and engaged at work over the long haul can be a big challenge. While a large part of your job satisfaction depends on the people and environment, you can do some things to improve your own outlook and strengthen your workplace culture. If your company has communicated its core values to everyone in the organization, it’s your job to do your best to embody them every day in your interactions with co-workers, clients and customers. As CEO of a company...
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This article was originally published on Forbes.com. Offering below-market base salaries while paying out aggressive, above-market 20% quarterly bonuses based on personal and professional goals makes sense for a performance-based company, right? We certainly thought so, and we invested a lot of time in selling this method of compensation internally as a key differentiator in our early days. Unfortunately, applicants were wary of taking a cut in base salary and didn’t trust promised...
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Culture exists in every company, either by default or by design. In many cases, founders inadvertently allow norms and behaviors that worked at the startup level to continue for too long. As the company grows, these behaviors often stop working and need to be rooted out of the culture before they begin to slow growth, stifle innovation, and increase turnover. Unfortunately, in addition to lowering productivity for your team, replacing even one employee can cost about a fifth of that...
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One of the best descriptions I’ve heard of leaders is that they focus on vision and strategy, guiding and removing obstacles for their teams, similar to a coach in sports. By contrast, managers typically focus more on execution, working in the business. Real leadership is about providing a compelling vision and clear direction. Successful leaders clarify priorities and expectations, define employee roles and ensure that the processes and capacity required for them to execute...
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This article was originally published on SmartBrief.com. According to New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth, parenting begins and ends with grit. In her book “Grit,” she describes it as a combination of passion and perseverance. On Duckworth’s “grit spectrum,” parenting styles can fall anywhere along a continuum, from supportive to apathetic, challenging to undemanding. The concept also applies in the context of corporate leadership styles. How do your...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  Over the past few years, I have heard many different leadership speakers reference examples of sports teams operating more efficiently than businesses. This got me thinking about how these teams do it better and what lessons they can teach us. After giving it some thought, here are the five I came up with.   1. Practice Sports teams don’t do something in a game that they haven’t practiced...
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Fundamentally, talent is something you are born with (e.g. being fast, extroverted, great hand-eye coordination, amazing voice), whereas a skill is something that can be taught (e.g. the law, customer service, how to code). What I find interesting is that many poor hiring decisions and life choices are made because there’s misunderstanding about the difference between the two. For example, a company may undervalue the talent they need and overvalue what can be trained. As a result,...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  At the Tugboat Institute Summit, I had the privilege of meeting Commander Rorke Denver and listening to his talk on leadership. Rorke was a Commander in the Navy Seals, the most elite and exclusive unit of the US military. Seals are sent on the most dangerous missions in the world (e.g. capturing Osama Ben Laden). 80% of the people accepted to the Seals training program do not make it through to...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  A few months ago marked the six-month point since I started the Friday Forward posts. Each week I get a lot of great feedback and ideas, but the most common question I receive is, “How do you keep it up each week”? The answer to this question really has two parts. The first is that it’s something I enjoy doing and deeply believe in (inspiring change). The second is that it has become a...
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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com.  Being a parent, like running a business, is challenging. But being an entrepreneur can actually give you a leg up. Entrepreneurs are resourceful, creative and intellectually curious by nature, and sharing entrepreneurship's unique set of principles with your children can help them succeed in the new economy. Many successful entrepreneurs start quite young, launching their first businesses before they turn 21. With...
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