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Going From “Boss” to “Leader”

Leadership.

This word is one of the most commonly-used buzzwords in today’s chaotic business climate. Companies like Google, Twitter, Nike and AMEX are lauded not just for their amazing products – but also for their stellar leadership.

So what’s the secret to become a great leader? Why do some rise to the top while others stagger along aimlessly?

The truth is, great leaders don’t just inspire and motivate their charges with pep talks and inspirational speeches. They take a hands-on approach, are meticulous down to the last detail, and pay close attention to the needs of every individual working for them.

Ever heard of of Roald Amundsen? The man was a perfect example of what it takes to be a great leader.

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Why Can’t Everyone Just Think Like Me?

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably found yourself saying or thinking along these lines every so often. After all, life is so much simpler when everybody around you thinks and acts the same way.

Genuine leaders, however, know a little secret: Wanting everybody to agree with you is the worst possible mindset to have.

You’ve got to understand the value of listening to and encouraging opinions besides your own. Take a look at what the legendary Abraham Lincoln did to prove this point.

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My Painful $17,000 Lesson

We’re living in a world where spam, phishing and cyber theft are all too common. At some point or another, you’ve probably been on the receiving end of an email starting off like this: “Sorry, but my email account was hacked, please don’t click on any strange links that were sent…”

Unfortunately, last month, I became a victim—my inbox was hacked and hijacked.

Fact is, modern computer systems are so complex and there are so many different flaws waiting to be exploited. All it takes is a skilled hacker with a criminal mind and an anonymous bank account. In just a few clicks, they can create an expensive data breach that’ll rack up thousands of dollars in losses and cause an endless amount of aggravation.

Here’s my story.

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Are You Committed to Commitment?

In the wildly successful aftermath of LTB 2015, I’ve had the privilege of hearing back from the hundreds of people who attended.

Many told me how excited they were to have access to this unique platform for growth; how they networked and landed so many new connections; how they were inspired to raise their aspirations and lead the pack.

During these conversations, I’ve spotted a trend that differentiated two types of businesspeople.

There are people who are committed to genuine change. They’ll learn about new ideas, strategize which ones will work best for their trade or industry, and implement them all the way, till the finish line.

Then there are the people who are content to listen. They’ll learn about new ideas, strategize which ones will work best for their trade or industry, and then let everything fizzle. While they may try to kick off an idea or two, the moment they encounter some resistance, their plan will come to a sudden stop.

You see, they want to achieve success; but they aren’t committed to success.

So what exactly is commitment?

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Live Blogging @ #LTB2015

After months of planning, the stage is set for the highly anticipated #LTB2015.

It’s bright and early here at the Rockleigh, but a steady flow of guests is streaming in. Guests might not have had their early a.m. coffees yet, but the energy is electric.

It’s a privilege to be blogging to you LIVE throughout the day.

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LTB 2015 Title Sponsor: Roth & Co, LLP

When Abraham Roth founded Roth & Co. in 1978, his mission went well beyond business. He knew, and everyone at Roth & Co still knows, that the peace of mind that comes from knowing your business is successful affects more than just your business. It affects your whole life.

Your business is how you provide for your family, secure your retirement and give back to your community. Nearly four decades after its founding, Roth & Co. is now the largest accounting firm in Brooklyn, with two locations, relationships that span more than three decades, and over eighty specialized professionals ready to serve as your trusted guide through the complicated maze of the financial world.

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About The Launch Pad Sponsor: Brooklyn Financial Group

The highlight of LTB’s past, the Launch Pad is an electric event that is the perfect combination of entertainment and education. While the pitches may vary from year to year, there is one constant: the support of Brooklyn Financial Group, or BFG.

Over the last three decades, BFG has evolved into a recognized leader in the financial services and insurance world. BFG’s philosophy is based on the American dream — a dream that thousands have aspired to achieve.

Here’s the kicker: At BFG, attaining the dream is simplified.

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Before You Pitch…

Let’s start with the obvious: the Launch Pad is the perfect, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present, and ultimately increase, your business.

Now, the not-so-obvious: How do you land that coveted investment?

The answer to that goes far beyond simply applying to the event. You need that compelling pitch the investor cannot turn down.

In order to prevent potential investors from saying “pch” to your presentation, you must dot the ‘i’ and cross the ‘t’ that make up the “it” factor of your pitch – what separates you from the pack.

Here are some helpful tips for crafting that million-dollar pitch:

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The Guru Speaks: Meet LTB 2015 Keynote Speaker- Michael Port

Fill out this brief questionnaire, and check all that apply:

 

¤ Do your clients include global giants such as Microsoft and Reebok?

¤ Have you been a regular guest on MSNBC and PBS?

¤ Have you acted in dozens of TV and film projects?

¤ Have you written 5 best-selling books?

¤ Has the Wall Street Journal dubbed you, “a marketing guru”?

¤ Will you be at LTB 2015?

Chances are, you didn’t answer in the affirmative to some of those questions. However, if you answered yes to the last one, you already have something in common with keynote speaker, Michael Port.

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Return of the Charlie Harary Experience

You don’t “meet” Charlie Harary. You experience Charlie Harary.

Charlie Harary is a man of many talents and hats. He is a business owner, attorney, and investment adviser. He is a professor, community activist, and a much sought-after speaker.

What truly sets Charlie apart from the pack, however, is the grace and enthusiasm with which he conducts himself. We are, therefore, super excited to have him return as Emcee for #LTB2015.

Just who is Charlie Harary, though?

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