Author Archives: Tom Koulopoulos

One Thing You Must Master to Succeed in Business and in Life

This may well be the most important factor in determining your professional and personal success. One thing I’ve realized about the most successful people I’ve met is that whatever their varied personalities and idiosyncrasies, there is one attribute they consistently share: high “conversational intelligence.” Simply put, conversational intelligence is the currency of success. It’s the rare ability to create trust ...

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These Two Words Will Change Your Perception of Jeff Bezos and Amazon

It’s easy to criticize Amazon until you realize that what Bezos is doing is what every disruptive company desperately needs. The firestorm of controversy about the work environment at Amazon, sparked by the New York Times article a couple of years ago, has become almost religious. Not only did it surface an important dialogue about the personal cost of success, ...

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We Need to Stop Bashing the Millennials

As with all stereotyping, using generations to define the behaviors of an entire class of people is mostly a convenient and lazy fiction. The Final Frontier for Diversity The U.S. and most of the world’s developed economies have embraced and celebrate the importance of diversity in national origin, creed, race, and sexual orientation. We clearly have room for improvement, but ...

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The Single Greatest Threat To Your Success

The world is filled with threats to your success, but the greatest of these is much closer to home than you might think. I’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses during my career, and in all of those interactions one thing is the greatest determinant of success, the founders ability to overcome their own fear of achieving ...

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4 Ways to Create Talent Gravity and Get the Best People

“There’s no lack of talent out there; the key is creating gravity that draws talent to you.” Few companies aren’t envious of the incredible talent gravity that Google, Facebook, and Apple exert. Companies in these enviable situations literally have talent knocking down their doors. So how can you possibly compete? After all, you don’t have the expansive campus and the ...

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20 Things Happy People Don’t Do

“Try to give up one of each of these behaviors for the 20 remaining weeks of 2015 and I guarantee that you will be more successful and much happier.” Many things that we value in life are the result of accumulating stuff; experience, wealth, and education all come from adding more to what we have. By contrast, the act of ...

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Journeys to Success with 6 Incredible Entrepreneurs

These six revealing videos of Elon Musk, Angela Ahrends, Steve Jobs, Daymond John, Reid Hoffman, and Arianna Huffington will Inspire your entrepreneurial journey. “Pessimists spend a lifetime waiting for perfection while finding imperfections in everything. Entrepreneurs commit to something imperfect and spend their lifetime perfecting it.” Your entrepreneur’s journey is unique but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Everyone who has ...

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7 Terrible Public Speaking Tips

If you want to be a great speaker then you need to start letting go of some old advice and start using these alternatives. I’ve been a professional speaker for 25 years and a speaking mentor and coach to colleagues for nearly 20 years. There is a magic in truly connecting with an audience that makes it more addictive than ...

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5 Mistakes People Make with Sales Plans

Sales plans should motivate and inspire people to stretch, achieve, and grow but these five classic blunders will do just the opposite. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, sales is the single most important part of how you will grow. Yet, far too many founders and CEOs struggle with putting in place sales plans that correctly incentivize sales people. ...

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