Remo Picchietti

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Startup Founders Don't Ask for Directions Because They Don't Know They're Lost

Posted by Remo Picchietti on May 10, 2016

Geico Insurance is currently running a hilarious ad depicting Tarzan and Jane swinging through the jungle. They are lost.

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Your Company's Culture Is Its Soul

Posted by Remo Picchietti on March 30, 2016

My late friend, Mike, was a photographer by trade but also a world traveler, voracious reader, amateur musician, moderate liberal, and pop-culture philosopher. He was creative. For him, one plus one equaled two...maybe.

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Topics: Leadership

How To Save Unhappy Customers

Posted by Remo Picchietti on February 4, 2016

The popular 2015 comedy film, The Intern, stars Anne Hathaway and the venerable Robert De Niro. The opening scene finds Hathaway’s character, the millennial founder & CEO of an online fashion site, taking a service call “to stay close to customers”. Though written for entertainment, the scene is a valuable management lesson.

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How to Create a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship in a Startup

Posted by Remo Picchietti on January 6, 2016

"It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told." - Homer, The Odyssey

A lot has been written about mentorship, especially in the entrepreneurial and millennial communities. Is it a productive process, a waste of precious time, or somewhere in between?

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A Word Problem: Leadership Is About Others

Posted by Remo Picchietti on December 15, 2015

Solve for W (Who):


  • X = CEO, Y = CFO, Z = Department Head, and C = The Company.

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JuntoDay: Building Sales Process & Strategy

Posted by Remo Picchietti on November 10, 2015

The first session at JuntoDay was on the topic of building sales process & strategy.

Our presenter was Dan Dal Degan, a sales process and model expert.

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I Have More Emotional Intelligence Than You. But That Can Change.

Posted by Remo Picchietti on October 14, 2015

My colleague and the co-founder of The Junto Institute, Raman Chadha, recently shared with groups of aspiring entrepreneurs the connection between emotional intelligence and successful leadership.

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Female Founders and Chicago Both Rise In Global Startup Ecosystem

Posted by Remo Picchietti on September 21, 2015

Compass (compass.co) just published an illuminating report titled “Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking”.  In it, the entrepreneurial environment in several global markets was ranked based on:

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Why Startup Founders Often Disagree With Each Other

Posted by Remo Picchietti on August 24, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of seeing the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club perform at the Ravinia Festival, a beautiful theater just north of Chicago. The band was inspired by The Buena Vista Social Club, a members-only club in Havana, Cuba that closed in the 1940s, as well as a band and film from the 1990s. The concert was the Chicago stop on the band’s farewell tour, and spirits among the Cuba-phile audience were especially high given that the U.S. had just raised its flag over the American Embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961.

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Flip-Flops Are Only For The Beach

Posted by Remo Picchietti on July 27, 2015

I spent hours building relevant content in the PowerPoint deck and too much time on the unnecessary fancy graphics and animations. But, practicing what I preach in the classroom and based on my favorite FDR quote “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”, the presentation was concise, informative and efficient. It rapidly reached its end with a proposed call to action.

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