Category Archives: LinkedIn Influencer

Your Business’s Secret Sauce Isn’t the Product – It’s the People

July 3, 2018 | LinkedIn Influencer

There are many factors that contribute to running a successful business like having a marketable product or service , and having a sound strategy. While these factors are important, they’re not the ones that determine your business’s success. For me, the most important aspect of a successful business is the people. Here’s why – you can have the best product in the world – the most marketable idea ! – but it’s up to the team to execute! When I’m hiring for Herjavec Group, I’m not looking for people who are just like me – I know for certain that…

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Busting 3 Myths About Mentorship

June 13, 2018 | LinkedIn Influencer

Finding a mentor can be hard – many people don’t know how to approach someone, what to say, and frankly, many don’t even understand the value of a true mentor-mentee relationship. Whether in your professional life or your personal life, a mentor-mentee relationship is one of the most important relationships you will have. No matter how successful you become, you can always learn more. Mentorship is about a series of moments with key individuals you’re learning from. We try to encourage mentorship in a variety of ways here at Herjavec Group – from running formal programs to encouraging coffee chats…

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It’s Time to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

June 6, 2018 | LinkedIn Influencer

Whether you’re presenting in a team meeting or pitching your business to a room full of Sharks, it’s normal to be nervous when speaking in public. Jerry Seinfeld tells a hilarious joke that references how so many of us are terrified of public speaking that we would rather be in the casket at a funeral, versus delivering the eulogy. That may be taking it too far… and he tells it better than me, but you get the point. You can’t live in fear of public speaking forever – we are all going to have to speak in front of an…

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The Advice I Would Give to My Younger Self

April 3, 2018 | LinkedIn Influencer

We’ve seen a lot of young entrepreneurs on Shark Tank — millennials, teenagers, even kids ! I love it. One of my passions is to encourage other young people to pursue entrepreneurship. It’s a long and difficult path, but can be so rewarding !  I’m often asked – if you could go back and do it all over again, what do you wish someone told you? I like to sit down and put my advice in writing – so for those who are just starting their career, or starting a new business, here is what I wish I knew back…

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A New Year, A New Start

January 2, 2018 | LinkedIn Influencer

Welcome to the New Year ! There is something magical to me about this time of the year. A new year, a new start. A chance to reset and recalibrate goals for 2018. Some things may have gone well in 2017, others not so well. Some things may need complete fixing! There is no better time than the present to focus on continuous improvement. Success is fleeting, and so is failure. We have a chance to make 2018 anything we want. We really don’t know what the new year will bring, but we can guess and we can plan, and…

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What 9 Years of Shark Tank Has Taught Me

December 5, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer, Shark Tank

Shark Tank is an award-winning show, so there’s a lot at stake — for the entrepreneurs and for us Sharks. Every year, the show’s producers get upwards of 250,000 applicants but only 150 of them end up traveling to LA and taping a segment with the Sharks each season. What sets those 150 entries apart? How do they ensure they make the cut? And if they do, what helps them secure a deal? After being on Shark Tank for 9 years, here’s what I’ve learned: Don’t Be Boring! This is the #1 lesson — you’re on national television and TV is…

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We Need To Protect Our Critical Infrastructure – NOW.

November 17, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

The cyber landscape has made it easier for criminals to steal all kinds of information – usernames, passwords, banking information, you name it! Cyber attacks are imminent across all industries and sectors, affecting our society on an individual and global economic scale. Critical infrastructure refers to sectors such as healthcare, financial services, agriculture, power, etc. These industries form the backbone of a nation’s economy and security – in other words, they’re very important !! They also happen to be tightly connected within the internet of things (IoT) – and cybercriminals know exactly how to exploit this. In June, businesses around…

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There’s No Such Thing As Genius In The Darkness of a Basement

November 7, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer

Every day, I get countless emails from entrepreneurs pitching the next big thing. It seems everyone has a million-dollar idea. When I ask some entrepreneurs what they’ve done with these ideas, that’s where I start seeing the difference between the people who talk about changing the world, and the ones who actually do it.  Let me tell you something — there’s no such thing as genius in the darkness of a basement.  You need to constantly push yourself to be more and to do more. You may be sitting on the next million-dollar idea but if you don’t spend time…

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If You Don’t Fail, You Won’t Succeed

August 16, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer

I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about failure. It’s one of those words, just like sales, that gets a bad reputation. Failure isn’t a bad word! At one time or another in our lives we will be faced with the fear of failure. But if you don’t take that chance – take that first step forward, follow the path unknown – how do you know that you won’t succeed? After all – we need to understand failure to be able to measure success, don’t we? Failure is as a lesson that should catapult you into success – and…

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4 Things To Look For When You’re Job Hunting

July 20, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

Whether you’re looking for a new job or switching careers, job hunting is a big deal ! Maybe you are experiencing conflict or you’ve achieved everything you can out of your current role. Maybe you’re just bored. Gone are the days where an employee sticks with one company for their entire career. Most people stick around for 2-3 years before moving on – that’s the hard truth. People often ask me – “I’m on the job hunt, what should I be looking for?” Here’s my advice. Company Culture Company culture can tell you a lot about how satisfied current employees…

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