Author Archives: Jay Sullivan

Of Privilege, Presumption And Promise: Inequality In The Workplace And Ways To Combat It

Getty Recently, 140 professionals, mostly strangers, set aside an entire day to get uncomfortable with each other. We had frank and revealing conversations. I found myself sharing a few personal stories that I had never shared in a work setting … Continue reading

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Culture Is King: 3 Ways To Keep Culture Alive During Corporate Mergers

Everyone talks about the culture of their business. Sometimes they tout the strengths of that culture as the key to their success. Sometimes they’re in the press defending how they’re finally going to address cultural issues that have landed them … Continue reading

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Inequality In The Workplace: 3 Approaches To Create A Culture Of Allies

With all the negativity, nastiness and name-calling in public discourse these days, it’s refreshing to see so many people focusing on how we can truly understand one another better and come closer to appreciating each other’s experiences. Companies are working … Continue reading

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Change: Do You Cope With It, Deal With It Or Use It As A Growth Opportunity?

Getty Some people cope with change, like it’s a disease. Some deal with change as if it’s a necessary evil. Some embrace change, seeing it for the possibilities it brings. And some of us, by virtue of our circumstances, actually … Continue reading

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3 Ways The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Uses Mindfulness To Be At The Top Of Their Game

Addressing Mental Well-Being “Head First” MLS partners with Headspace, a leading meditation,concentration and stress-management app. Most of us feel that competition in our industry is fierce. We’re always on. If we blink, we risk losing territory or a chance to … Continue reading

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Where Left And Right Brain Meet

The Top 3 Aspects Of Professional Development Applied To Both Process And People Theories of what makes us successful professionally fill entire sections at bookstores (the few bookstores that are left, at least). Many stake out a position about left-brain … Continue reading

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Advice For Startups From The Trade Show Trenches

You had a great idea. You knew it met an important need in the marketplace. You pulled together a group of friends to design and perfect the product. You understand both the market for the product and the competition. You … Continue reading

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Startups And Small Businesses: One Elevator Ride Can Change Everything

Elevators are cramped, slightly uncomfortable spaces at best. As you’re riding the elevator up to your office this morning, picture being joined by an interviewer and a camera crew. You’ve spent the last three or four years working on a … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Turn Your Brain-Drizzle Into A Brainstorm

Solving problems requires both a left-brain analysis and right-brain creativity. The analysis part comes into play as you define the problem, analyze how the problem developed, evaluate the benefit of solving the problem relative to the cost of fixing it … Continue reading

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Engaging With China: Eyes Wide Open

Later this month, I will be traveling to Hong Kong to present at Startup Launchpad, part of the Mobile Electronics Show. To make sure I’m giving the young entrepreneurs in attendance the most cutting edge advice, I contacted David Willard, … Continue reading

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