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Alex Charfen
Alex Charfen is co-founder and CEO of CHARFEN, a leading training, education and consulting company helping entrepreneurs and small businesses find positive momentum and sustained growth. Alex has spent his life studying entrepreneurs and famous leaders throughout history, uncovering a previously mislabeled and misunderstood population among us: the Entrepreneurial Personality Type™ (EPT). Founded in 2007, CHARFEN was featured on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America three years in a row, reaching as high as #21.

Entries by Alex Charfen

The Best Way to Make Employees Hate You

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:23 PM

There's simply no way around it.

If you want a constructive company, one that grows around you and benefits everyone involved, you have to understand how to manage people.

Management is an eternal hot topic amongst business coaches and thought leaders. And although there's some good information out there to...

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Millennials Don't Want to Work ... And Your Company Needs That

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 8:09 AM

"Millennials are the worst generation. They're lazy, unmotivated, disconnected and they want a trophy for every little thing they do."

At my live events, I almost always speak with people who express this opinion and it's usually because they're having trouble finding the right talent to join their team. It's...

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Unlocking Your Instinct to Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:53 AM

We are meant to thrive. Our bodies are able to access huge stores of energy so that every bodily function can operate at the highest level. When it does this, our bodies enter what I call "Thrive Mode."

In Thrive Mode, our bodies:

  • Utilize all resources
  • Speed up metabolism
  • Burn...
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Addiction or Preference: Are You Killing Your Natural Thirst Instinct?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 10:47 AM

When it comes to what you eat and drink, you may be fighting harmful addictions disguised as preferences.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Simple, low-risk changes in your perspective and behavior can have high rewards for your health, especially when it comes to your dietary choices. Here's...

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Natural Thirst: The Instinct You Didn't Know You Lost

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 3:58 PM

Your body has a natural instinct to drink water. The vast majority of people not only ignore this instinct, but suppress it throughout the day. And they don't even know it.

Today, most of us understand that it's a good idea to drink water. Just do a search and you'll...

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Primal Foot: Standing on Flat Ground Is Worse Than Sitting

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 3:07 PM

There are two basic things we do every day that are actively damaging our health: sitting in chairs for long periods of time and walking on flat ground.

We now know, based on recent studies, that sitting in a chair for extended periods of time can be damaging...

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Primal Foot: Running On Flat Ground Is Destroying Your Body

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 1:30 PM

Flat ground. It's man-made, unnatural and constricting to feet. Combine that with the study that simply standing is harmful, and you have something. Taking this one step further, running on flat ground damages your feet and legs in two distinct ways: the absorption of repeated impacts and, more...

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Your Shoes Are an Unstable Foundation

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Would you believe me if I told you that, on average, people stand on a 5-degree downslope all day?

That's what modern shoes do to us, and they're affecting our physiology and psychology.

Consider this.

The average American adult stands on a forward slope of about 5-6 degrees, assuming...

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Take Yoga Back to Its Roots

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Everyone wants to know the secret to health and longevity, but the answer is found in something most people don't want to hear about. It's not in the cleanses, supplements or 90 days of intense workouts. It's not in chasing a marathon or triathlon finish. The answer is found in...

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Your Running Shoes Are Hurting You

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:44 PM

The latest running shoe model is out. The price tag is $150. Professional athletes around the world say it's like running on air. It's a bestseller. With tag lines like, Just Do It and Evolve from the Inside Out, they promote better...

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Our Diseases of Choice

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 9:24 AM

We all have choices: what we wear, what we eat, what we do. But as we increasingly link our physical health with our personal performance, we often ignore the fact that we also have the choice to suffer. Every day we suffer aches, swelling and pain in our...

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Why Successful CEOs Protect Strengths and Wipe Out Weaknesses With Support

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Throughout our lives, we're conditioned to focus on our weaknesses. In grade school, we focus on the classes we struggle with in order to lift our grades. When we start our professional lives, reviews often include "focus areas" or areas which we need to improve.

The trouble with focusing...

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Why You Should Know Your Clients' Results

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Today's consumers are savvier than ever before. All the information they could ever want or need is just a quick search away. The same is true when choosing a product or service. Prospective clients can research organizations, compare product offerings, even see in real time what other people are saying...

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Why Companies That Know Their Ideal Customer Grow Fast

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:36 PM

It's a simple fact that in order to grow your business as fast as you possibly can, you must understand who your ideal customer is. Yet it's amazing how many companies don't do this.

Earlier in my career, I worked as a business growth consultant, and I had the opportunity...

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Accomplish Any Project With This Simple Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 10:59 AM

If you're an entrepreneur or leader in a business, you can probably list one or two--maybe even four or five--major projects that need to be finished, but that you just can't seem to make progress on.

Essentially, putting off large projects in your business is a form of procrastination,...

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Transform Your Performance Reviews from Painful to Successful

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Annual performance reviews make team members and managers alike recoil with dread -- and for good reason. The traditional approach to performance reviews, in which a manager gives an employee's performance numerical ratings once a year, is at best ineffective, and at worst damaging to morale and productivity.


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The 4 Crucial Rs to Hire With Intention and Build a Team You'll Love

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 10:32 AM

We have a saying in our company that we often share among our organization and with our clients: "You don't have awesome companies; you have awesome people."

Ultimately, a company is the sum of its parts. As an entrepreneur, you set the vision, but the people in your company carry...

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Fail Forward, Until You Don't Have To!

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In one form or another, every entrepreneur has heard the advice "fail forward, fail fast." While the advice is useful at times, especially for young businesses and new entrepreneurs, as a business matures, the size and frequency of failures should lessen.

The idea "fail forward, fail fast" was born...

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Your Success Should Be Habitual

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:18 PM

In our offices, there is a phrase you will frequently hear our employees and clients say: "If success is important to you, make it a habit."

I've made this saying a personal mantra, and share it often with others. Too many people look at very successful individuals and believe their...

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It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep!

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:41 AM

In my company, I'm fanatical about tracking our numbers and metrics on a monthly basis. Metrics show you the effectiveness of your actions, your successes for the month, and the overall health of your business on the whole.

There's one number in particular, however, that I feel...

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