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Your Start-Up Life: Why Serving Is the New Leading

Rana Florida | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
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Mayo Clinic's president and CEO not only teaches us to surround ourselves with smart people and listen to them but urges us to exercise integrative thinking, to encourage innovation, and to lead through serving.

Your Start-Up Life With Governor O'Malley: Never Give Up and Keep Moving Forward

Rana Florida | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

"Your first job will not be your best job. Keep improving your skills, broadening your experience, your knowledge, your ability to think and work with others, and never give up. Damn the headwinds, keep rowing forward."

Your Start-up Life: Designing the Perfect Office

Rana Florida | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Office environments are as varied as the companies that they house. Whether it is Google's campus-like Mountain View headquarters or a fun and wild setting like Zappos' Las Vegas offices, there are so many more exciting options now than there were decades ago.

Your Start-Up Life: World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Zaha Hadid on the Struggle to Succeed

Rana Florida | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
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A conversation with world renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid explores the struggle to succeed as a woman, the importance of collaboration in realizing a complex vision, and the rewards of mentoring and working with the next generation.

Your Start-up Life: Best Business Books to Groom Your Team

Rana Florida | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Insights about business can be gleaned from almost any good book -- whether it's a memoir by a professional athlete or a page-turning account of the ups and downs of a frenetic political campaign.

Your Start-Up Life: Tory Burch on Making Fashion Her Business

Rana Florida | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
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"One of the most interesting and challenging parts of my job is being equally creative and business-minded in every aspect of our company. I've never been to design or business school, but in some ways that has helped me because I didn't think about impossibility. I've learned on the job and trusted my instincts."

Your Start-Up Life: Advice on Work, Life, and Play

Rana Florida | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

This week's conversation is with Tony Hsieh, who built one of the largest online companies in the world, Zappos.com. "My first 'job' was as a newspaper boy. It made me realize that I didn't want to spend my life delivering newspapers."

Your Start-Up Life: Advice on Work, Life, and Play

Rana Florida | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

This week I spoke with food entrepreneur Mario Batali: "Prove you can do something for someone else first and do not be afraid to work well below your pay potential to get essential experience at the ground level. All great workplace leadership positions merit five years of practice."