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231: Values-based leadership with Richard Christiansen

231: Values-based leadership with Richard Christiansen

In business, it may not be the people you like most who will help your business most. That’s a lesson that my guest today learned the hard way. Richard Christiansen has founded or cofounded 49 businesses, of which 16 became multimillion-dollar successes. He’s also the national bestselling author of “The Zigzag Principle: The Goal Setting Strategy that will Revolutionize Your Business and Your Life.” But in his first truly successful business, he made the mistake of partnering with someone who didn’t share one of his core values of business leadership. In 2006 and 2007, Richard cofounded one of the largest business blog networks with a partner who he got along with great on a personal level. But when the New York Times started to flex its muscle to acquire the growing business, his partnership broke down in horrific fashion and he found himself the victim of a hostile takeover. All of this because of a single key difference of opinion. That experience sent him into a “cocoon” for a whil

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