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3 Ways to Support Intrapreneurship

A culture of innovation spurs entrepreneurship and inspires intrapreneurship. Our businesses can and should encourage intrapreneurship to better cannibalize ourselves. Our communities can and should promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem to better push intrapreneurs to innovate. An innovative culture...

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Save Democracy — Create a Mindful Echo Chamber

We live in echo chambers, and it’s killing our republic. As websites increasingly track and customize what we see based on our interests, we are rarely exposed to new and challenging ideas . . ....

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Hiring Women Is Not the Right Thing to Do

Want to listen to this post? Here’s an audio version from the Digital Homestead podcast.   Hiring women is not the right thing to do. Hiring women is the only thing to do for businesses...

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What’s Better: Above-Average Team or Superstar?

A weak-link network is when it is more important to have large number of above average players. Business and community requires this deep bench.

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Want to Charge More? Be a Master

As the world flattens, what you do matters less than how well you do it and what you know. Mastery is what helps you stand out and show up. Mastery is what enables you to charge more and provide more value in the same amount of time. Mastery is the end goal few seek and few achieve.

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The Advice We Don’t Follow: Meditations on Community

There’s been a three-year debate at 9 Clouds about this very blog. We write about both business and community, but we often ask ourselves: Why talk about community? If we followed our own digital marketing advice,...

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Force Mindfulness: One Lesson from RASDAK

Three 9 Clouds employees biked across South Dakota. We, too, need to clear our mental cache to create transformative work and avoid the end of reflection.

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Hack Your Goals: Read These 9 (Short) Books

Goals should inspire outcomes, not impede progress. They keep us focused, improve our output and inspire us to be better people. And, you can hack goals.

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5 Ingredients for People Development

People are the economy. Focus on people development, not economic development. The outcomes will follow.

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Today Is Your Birthday (and Mine too!)

Birthdays are a day we have permission to ask for what we want. Yesterday was mine. I’m 34 and celebrate with my wife and daughters. I also celebrated by writing. As I reflect on years gone...

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