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Tough Things First

Wisdom from Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Ray Zinn

Last Episode Date: 15 May 2024

Total Episodes: 10

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15 May 2024
Global Turmoil

Between global turmoil and more local chaos, how do you stay focused in life, and stay profitable in business? In this Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn explores the finer points or knowing where to put your energy and what to avoid. (Watch Video Podcast) Rob Artigo: Well...

16 min
8 May 2024
Get Your Mojo Working

Many entrepreneur’s know when their mojo is working, but some people just do not know how to tap into it. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn offers a surefire way to find your mojo. Rob Artigo: Entrepreneurs at their heart are creative, ambitious people. Am I gen...

10 min
24 April 2024

Loyalty in the mafia means something different than loyalty in its most productive and meaningful ways, or does it? Is blind obedience really loyalty? Ray Zinn explores the finer points and graces or loyalty. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here once again, your host for this edition...

13 min
10 April 2024
Focus and Outcomes

Entrepreneurs rarely get what they “deserve”, but most everyone gets what they focus on, good or bad. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn takes a deep dive into our focus and how it drives the results. Rob Artigo: You wrote recently, we generally get what we exp...

9 min
3 April 2024
Creator Burnout

YouTube and TikTok users know this all too well. Fact: We live in a more isolated work environment, often at home, in our own little space, with what seems like a lot more to accomplish. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses “creator burnout”, why it hap...

16 min
20 March 2024
Merit Based Hiring

Diversity, equity, and inclusion has supplanted merit as an important decision tool in hiring for many companies, but has it helped or hurt businesses and employees? In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores fundamental truths about fairness, that DEI has set asi...

14 min
6 March 2024
Are Protests Evil?

Clashes in the streets are never pretty, and Ray Zinn says they never really do much other than cause more division and anger. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray lays out why protests are negative by nature, but are they evil? Rob Artigo: It seems like we’ve spent the...

8 min
21 February 2024
Difficult Projects

In life and business decisions must be made, but they do not always have to be hard decisions if you are prepared. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores a list of lessons learned that can help you be ahead of the game. Rob Artigo: Well, I was reading a Forbes...

11 min
14 February 2024
Who is Responsible for Your Prosperity?

The ups and downs you feel about how quickly or slowly you are getting ahead are not imaginary, but if you are waiting for some magic, government, pixie dust, for a boost out of a downturn well… In this podcast, Ray Zinn ponders the question, should you be relying on the g...

12 min
9 February 2024
Ai, Creative Work and a Twist That may Surprise You.

Ai continues to make headlines and alter the way we think about art and plagiarism, and even the law. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses the diverging lines between what is your creative endeavor and what has no copyright at all. (What we discuss here is ...

14 min
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