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Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with David Hunter, CEO of Star Rapid – A Global Injection Molding Manufacturer Using, Augmented Reality, Predictive Analytics, and We Review the Benefits in Building a Team Learning Culture

Posted by Cliff Locks On August 15, 2018 at 10:06 am

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with David Hunter, CEO of Star Rapid – A Global Injection Molding Manufacturer Using, Augmented Reality, Predictive Analytics, and We Review the Benefits in Building a Team Learning Culture

I interview David Hunter, CEO of Star Rapid. David and his team have perfected the design for manufacturing when developing a new product to avoid costs and delays down the....Read More

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with Zvi Band is the CEO and Founder Contactually, one of the fastest growing companies on the INC 5000 list, listed at 513; raised $17.8 million in investors’ funds.

Posted by Cliff Locks On August 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with Zvi Band is the CEO and Founder Contactually, one of the fastest growing companies on the INC 5000 list, listed at 513; raised $17.8 million in investors’ funds.

Contactually is a leader in business software, Zvi, and his team early on recognized software is something, people are forced to use, not enjoy using. This is a challenge. Zvi....Read More

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with Tony Pompliano, CEO and President of ANEXIO, a company on the Inc 500 list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies

Posted by Cliff Locks On August 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with Tony Pompliano, CEO and President of ANEXIO, a company on the Inc 500 list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies

ANEXIO is transforming the IT industry by building high-performance technology infrastructure to serve the complex computing needs of the world’s most innovative companies. Learn how ANEXIO’s revenues have grown over....Read More

Visionary Analysis – Are You Ready for the Fastest Internet Connection in the World

Posted by Cliff Locks On July 25, 2018 at 10:16 am

Visionary Analysis – Are You Ready for the Fastest Internet Connection in the World

In the next 6 years, 4 billion “New Consumers” are about to be connected to the World Wide Web, at Gigabit connection speeds, at near zero-cost.   Read More

RETIREMENT PLANNING: WILL I EVER RETIRE?

Posted by Cliff Locks On July 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

RETIREMENT PLANNING: WILL I EVER RETIRE?

The term retirement is something that really frightens many executives, will I have sufficient money when I'm retired? What will be my daily activities after I retired? This blog will....Read More

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with John Bennett of Sunny Days in Homecare – INC 5000 Company

Posted by Cliff Locks On July 11, 2018 at 10:04 am

Cliff Locks Host Angel Investors Network Podcast with John Bennett of Sunny Days in Homecare – INC 5000 Company

I interview John Bennett of Sunny Days in Homecare. John and his team added automation technology to their senior living business, which allowed for seamless execution for his 684 employees.....Read More

IS YOUR BOSS DIFFICULT?

Posted by Cliff Locks On July 2, 2018 at 10:03 am

IS YOUR BOSS DIFFICULT?

Do you happen to be one of those individuals who have to put up with a difficult boss? Almost everyone seems to have complained about their boss during their career.....Read More

NEED MORE TIME IN YOUR DAY?

Posted by Cliff Locks On June 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

NEED MORE TIME IN YOUR DAY?

Are you battling with shortage of time to accomplish all your set targets for the day? Most executives do complain of having to attend....Read More

FRUSTRATED BY POOR PERFORMERS?

Posted by Cliff Locks On June 20, 2018 at 10:05 am

FRUSTRATED BY POOR PERFORMERS?

Have you been able to make progress in your career to the extent that you now supervise or manage other people? If....Read More

SALARY NEGOTIATION EXPERTISE

Posted by Cliff Locks On June 13, 2018 at 10:04 am

SALARY NEGOTIATION EXPERTISE

In our country today, any discussion about money is a forbidden topic, it generally seems that we are more willing to discuss about our personal lives much more than our....Read More

MONEY MANAGEMENT: ARE YOU MAKING MAJOR MONEY MISTAKES?

Posted by Cliff Locks On June 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

MONEY MANAGEMENT: ARE YOU MAKING MAJOR MONEY MISTAKES?

There are moments that I really wished I have the private services of a chief financial officer (CFO) to take care of things for me. Many executives are preoccupied with....Read More

Cliff Locks joins Angel Investor’s Network as a podcast host.

Posted by Cliff Locks On May 30, 2018 at 10:06 am

Cliff Locks joins Angel Investor’s Network as a podcast host.

I interview Scot Hunsaker CEO of the Ardent Group in St. Louis and author of Heroic Ownership: Build You Team, Plan Your Exit, Create Your Legacy. Podcast Read More

PERSONAL BRANDING GETTING EASIER

Posted by Cliff Locks On May 23, 2018 at 10:07 am

PERSONAL BRANDING GETTING EASIER

I enjoy being an innovative pacesetter. I’m very fortunate that I have six special advisers that are on the ground to keep me abreast of the latest developments and that....Read More

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW LINKEDIN CAN DOUBLE YOUR INCOME

Posted by Cliff Locks On May 16, 2018 at 10:08 am

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW LINKEDIN CAN DOUBLE YOUR INCOME

Every one of us is well familiar with the common saying “it is not about your knowledge, it is all about who you know.” I’ll be revealing my networking strategies....Read More

LEARN HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAIN FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

Posted by Cliff Locks On May 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

LEARN HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAIN FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

Let’s start with some biology, out of the total energy content of our body; our brains make use of about 20%. The end product of energy is waste. Fortunately, our....Read More

DO YOU DREAD NETWORKING?

Posted by Cliff Locks On May 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

DO YOU DREAD NETWORKING?

Networking activities, they could be very unpleasant, right? And we imagine we're the only one who always feels stressed about networking. Everybody appears to be familiar with somebody; everybody else....Read More

2 WORDS THAT GUARANTEE SUCCESS

Posted by Cliff Locks On April 25, 2018 at 10:05 am

2 WORDS THAT GUARANTEE SUCCESS

What is really a word? Clearly, a word means a whole lot. Just one word can be so potent that it can either make or mar your day. Read More

THE LAW OF SELLING: NEVER LOWER YOUR PRICE

Posted by Cliff Locks On April 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

THE LAW OF SELLING: NEVER LOWER YOUR PRICE

Every one of us has one aspect of our job we would rather not get involved in, for some it’s selling. As far....Read More

HR: IS YOUR DIVERSITY PROGRAM A NOD OR A KNOCKOUT?

Posted by Cliff Locks On April 4, 2018 at 10:04 am

HR: IS YOUR DIVERSITY PROGRAM A NOD OR A KNOCKOUT?

In all my years, I have never come across anyone who does not cherish diversity. As a matter of fact, many of us do. Diversity has to do with being....Read More

ATTENTION MULTITASKERS

Posted by Cliff Locks On March 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

ATTENTION MULTITASKERS

While you are reading this blog, what other thing are you thinking about or working on? Probably you are busy with some documents or maybe checking your message. Possibly you....Read More

EXACTLY WHY VACATION IS GREAT FOR THE BOTTOM-LINE

Posted by Cliff Locks On March 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

EXACTLY WHY VACATION IS GREAT FOR THE BOTTOM-LINE

Going on vacation can really make a great influence on your team and your wellness. As a matter of fact, in one research, it was discovered that for each extra....Read More

DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE GRAVITAS?

Posted by Cliff Locks On March 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE GRAVITAS?

Many of us are familiar with people that require a bit more gravitas at the workplace. Maybe you even need it. I love that expression 'gravitas', it's massive, it's elegant; it's....Read More

IS WORKING KILLING YOU

Posted by Cliff Locks On February 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

IS WORKING KILLING YOU

During this cold winter, where I have spent the better part of my time staying glue to my desk, I observed some stiffness in my back. Sitting down for a....Read More

IS IT BETTER TO BE FEARED OR LOVED?

Posted by Cliff Locks On February 21, 2018 at 10:04 am

IS IT BETTER TO BE FEARED OR LOVED?

The manner in which people regard you in your workplace is an indication of how important you are. Consequently, is it preferable to be fear than loved? Many of us....Read More

Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial success, exponential entrepreneur you can emulate

Posted by Cliff Locks On February 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial success, exponential entrepreneur you can emulate

A good friend, Peter Diamandis did an interview recently where he was asked to deconstruct Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial success. Having known Musk for....Read More

BE A GAME-CHANGER

Posted by Cliff Locks On February 7, 2018 at 10:19 am

BE A GAME-CHANGER

Mike Webster who played football for Pittsburgh Steelers and died when he was 50 years old was discovered by a Nigerian forensic pathologist Dr. Omalu to have an extremely traumatized....Read More

BE MINDFUL OF SECONDARY STRESS

Posted by Cliff Locks On January 31, 2018 at 10:08 am

BE MINDFUL OF SECONDARY STRESS

You have gotten your stress in check, right? Haven’t you? You may possibly have your unique way of managing it. Probably you get involved in yoga, or maybe breathe in....Read More

You Too Can Have A Stroke Of Genius

Posted by Cliff Locks On January 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

You Too Can Have A Stroke Of Genius

Have you at any time felt as though you don't have the needed creative answer within you? Possibly you have been working....Read More

Ditch Your 2018 Smart Goals

Posted by Cliff Locks On January 17, 2018 at 10:04 am

Ditch Your 2018 Smart Goals

I’m going to commit a corporate profanation right now in this blog and this is it, I really hate the word “smart....Read More

An Easier Way To Succeed In 2018

Posted by Cliff Locks On January 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

An Easier Way To Succeed In 2018

Achieving more success usually seems like a great deal of work. On a daily basis, there is always a new book I....Read More

Ditch The Resolutions

Posted by Cliff Locks On December 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

Ditch The Resolutions

This past year, did you make any New Year's decision or resolution? Were you able to fulfill it? I mean seriously stand....Read More

Executive Testing Overdose

Posted by Cliff Locks On December 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

Executive Testing Overdose

  Every one of us concur that....Read More

Lessons From The Empty Nest

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:04 am

Lessons From The Empty Nest

Certainly, my nest has become empty. It provides me lots of moment for reflection. I've invested the past 20 years, accomplishing mainly two things; nurturing children and guiding executive leaders.....Read More

Everybody Wants More Of It

Posted by Cliff Locks On December 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

Everybody Wants More Of It

What exactly is the topmost thing that all CEO desires? The most important thing that every executive I have met desires is....Read More

Creating Exponential Growth At Your Company

Posted by Cliff Locks On December 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Creating Exponential Growth At Your Company

  We are local and linear thinkers in a global and exponential world. Our biggest challenge as executives and entrepreneurs is to retrain....Read More

Three Ways To In Inspire Yourself

Posted by Cliff Locks On November 28, 2017 at 9:16 am

Three Ways To In Inspire Yourself

  What exactly inspires you? What really inspires the people under your supervision? The....Read More

Asking Questions Will Allow You To Become A Better Executive To Your Team

Posted by Cliff Locks On November 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Asking Questions Will Allow You To Become A Better Executive To Your Team

[embed]https://youtu.be/WykaQ9aXPUI[/embed] Learn the questions to ask that will ensure you'll be a better business coach to your team. I can help you to become a better mentor to your employees, in....Read More

#1 HABIT OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

Posted by Cliff Locks On November 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm

#1 HABIT OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

When it gets to certain stage in your career, it is not uncommon for you to hear about the kinds of habits....Read More

The Importance of Selling Yourself

Posted by Cliff Locks On October 18, 2017 at 5:16 pm

The Importance of Selling Yourself

If I mention the word “self-promotion or probably “marketing yourself” what exactly crops up in your mind? Several people believe that self- promotion is not a good term; selling yourself....Read More

How To Negotiate With Colleagues

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 4:08 pm

How To Negotiate With Colleagues

  Making deals in the place of work is every task. We all wish that our suggestion to be accepted, we fight for....Read More

Achieving Your Goals

Posted by Cliff Locks On October 5, 2017 at 10:18 pm

Achieving Your Goals

As a society, we are often obsessed with setting goals. It is not even impossible that you are not happy with yourself because you haven't made sufficient progress on your....Read More

There’s Just One Key To Happiness

Posted by Cliff Locks On September 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

There’s Just One Key To Happiness

You’ve possibly heard may be on too many occasions on how you can achieve happiness. As a matter of fact, it seems to be the latest Holy Grail. You already....Read More

How Can You Get Additional Hour In Your Day

Posted by Cliff Locks On September 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

How Can You Get Additional Hour In Your Day

When you are asking by people “how are you”, do you end up saying, "I'm very busy"? Shouldn’t it be good to get an extra hour in my day which....Read More

ICG Consulting Services

Posted by Cliff Locks On September 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

ICG Consulting Services

ICG Consulting is a strategy and operations management consulting firm that works with senior management and CEO’s to drive the process from planning to implementation and obtain bottom-line results. Every....Read More

The only thing that will ensure your career elevation

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 11:28 am

The only thing that will ensure your career elevation

Have you been trapped in shallow job? Based on one research the typical worker devotes 60 % of the day carrying out shallow work. Shallow work entails things such as....Read More