Dennis Yu

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Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors: What It Really Takes to Build a Successful Marketing Agency

This is a guest post by Nick Jaworski of Circle Social Inc. Owning multiple 7-figure digital marketing agencies, I never found the typical social media crowd very helpful. There are a lot of smoke and mirrors in the digital marketing world. Fake gurus are everywhere, but even the bonafide have never appealed to me very […]

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Want to unlock awesomeness in your business? Promote your winners

Man, have I ever been so guilty of focusing on the troublemakers– the people who just can’t perform and projects that are failing. This means I neglect the performers since the “squeaky wheel” gets the attention. I’ve lost some good people because I was so busy helping the stragglers that I unintentionally ignored my top

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Nobody wants to admit this, but good people are the ones who kill startups

You keep your great people and terminate the bad people- we all do that. But it’s the merely good people that will kill you. “Steve is a good guy”, you tell yourself. He didn’t do anything so egregious that he deserves getting fired. And maybe his performance will improve if you give him more time. After

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How to scale up your agency: a fresh approach

A colleague and I were discussing “leadership” and what that truly meant.  We came up with this analogy, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Imagine you move rocks for a living.  The more rocks you move, the more you’re paid.  You don’t move rocks, you don’t get paid.  Thus, you understand the direct linkage between putting

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As an entrepreneur, you face the most concentrated of unspoken evils.

Yes, you’re busy. But go watch this video right now, anyway: It’s 48 minutes of encouragement and perspective for entrepreneurs with Elon Musk. If you’re still reading this, go back and at least watch from 34 minutes onward. As an entrepreneur, every problem in the company is brought to you, so you end up spending

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My favorite trick for weeding out unqualified job applicants

You probably heard of Van Halen’s 53-page contract rider and how it required a bowl of M&M’s backstage– brown ones removed. It’s not that brown M&M’s are necessarily bad. Rather, the band was checking for attention to detail. If there were brown M&M’s there, they knew to expect sloppiness in the lighting, stage set-up, and

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