Entries by First Sun Team

Dialed In: Six (6) Management Lessons from Visionary Women Leaders..It’s been a big year for women in leadership. Mary Barra just ascended to the throne of GM, becoming the first female in history to lead an automaker.

FROM GM'S NEW CEO MARY BARRA TO SHERYL SANDBERG AND MARISSA MAYER, IT'S BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. HERE, WE'VE GATHERED ADVICE FROM SIX INFLUENTIAL WOMEN TO INSPIRE YOUR OWN SUCCESS IN THE NEW YEAR. It’s been a big year for women in leadership. Mary Barra just ascended to the throne […]

How To Be Better At Your Job In 2014 … “Since people spend a lot of time at work throughout the year, work tends to be a big part of the ‘new year, new me’ attitude.”

With a new year approaching, many people have an “out with the old and in with the new” mentality—and work is usually a big part of that, says corporate veteran Andy Teach.   “No one has a perfect work life and there is always room for improvement,” says Teach, author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide […]

Top Predictions For 2014 By VCs … .“Firms with strong brands that have demonstrated consistent stable returns for the last fifteen years should be able to raise (a) large or larger funds in 2014, and (b) easily or more easily. The question is, should they?”

VC firms will raise more money in 2014 than they have since 2007 Venture capital firms have failed to raise funds totaling more than the $28B raised in 2007, according to Venture Economics. That’s all set to change, says Foundation Capital General Partner Paul Holland.  Holland helped take textbook rental company, Chegg public in November. […]

Leadership Is About Emotion…So, can this ability to touch and inspire people be learned? No and yes. The truth is that not everyone can lead..

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet that everyone on your list […]

Strategy: 3 Apps That Busy CEOs Shouldn’t Leave Home Without … For him, tools on his smartphone are essential for staying productive during a busy day.

For some people, the smartphone can be a time waster, a tool for social networking or playing Candy Crush. But for many small business owners on the go, it's an essential tool for keeping track of tasks and getting from point A to B.  We recently spoke with Roman Stanek, the CEO of big data analytics […]

12 Fast-Growing, High-Paying Jobs In 2014 … “Recruitment of skilled labor in specialized areas like information technology and health care has become highly competitive.”

 What are the hottest jobs of 2014? CareerBuilder teamed up with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to identify the occupations that grew by at least 7% from 2010 to 2013, are projected to grow in 2014, and pay at least $22 per hour. "In addition to higher pay levels and solid growth rates, what many of […]

Know Someone?…The Problem With Busy Colleagues: Secondhand Stress…Rushing blocks thoughtful communication and creates worries among colleagues

Every office has (at least) one—the colleague who is always walking fast, finishing other people's sentences and racing from meeting to meeting while fielding email, texts and voice mail on multiple devices. That person can appear very important.   They may not know it, but they're usually causing secondhand stress. First Sun Consulting, LLC,  is proud […]

Forbes: The Top Jobs For 2014 … “The list identifies occupations that are on an upward trajectory regarding employment,”

Struggling to find a job? If you’re a financial analyst, physical therapist or petroleum engineer, there’s a good chance your luck will change in 2014. These three professions are among the best jobs that require a bachelor’s degree for 2014, according to a new study by CareerBuilder andEconomic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). First Sun Consulting, LLC,  is proud to […]