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10 things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Coach

Mike | November 11th, 2013

I am not the biggest of sports fans, but I do love watching a great team from just about any sport working together as a unit. The beauty of an powerful individual performance, wrapped in the cohesion of great team work is a thing of wonder and a treasure to behold. The grace, power, and […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

Mike | September 23rd, 2013

With the red-hot temperature around the crisis in Syria reduced to a mere boil, and the government in North Korea backing away from the brink I gave some thought this week to what entrepreneurs could learn from global leaders and diplomats in general. From Wikipedia we learn that Diplomacy comes from the greek word “δίπλωμα,” defined as […]

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Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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Labor Day 2013 – Fair Pay and Pricing: What Your Customers Want

Mike | September 3rd, 2013

“It is to the real advantage of every producer, every manufacturer and every merchant to cooperate in the improvement of working conditions, because the best customer of American industry is the well-paid worker.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Last year to mark the Labor Day holiday, I wrote a post celebrating the crowdSPRING team and their personal and […]

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Teaching To See

Ross | July 30th, 2013

Design is becoming more important in today’s noisy world. Smartly designed products tend to become more popular. Websites with good design practices tend to appeal to more customers. Nicely designed email newsletters and print brochures do a better job conveying the intended message. But what is good design and how can you see it? Here’s […]

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The History Of Typography

Ross | July 17th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful animated short video about the history of typography, from Guttenberg’s printing press to today.

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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Small Business and Startups: The First Ever crowdSPRING Quiz!

Mike | July 8th, 2013

Now that the 4th of July party is over and we begin the official summer months, many businesses large and small will experience a slowdown in sales, traffic, and customer engagement. Why? Because it’s vacation time, stupid. Because you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, I imagine you’ve probably been asking yourself, “What […]

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