The CEO who started in a gang

12/3/2012 | Bloomberg Businessweek

ViSalus Sciences CEO Ryan Blair is an ex-gang member who spent time in jail before finding his feet in the business world -- and he says the experience has made him a better boss. Among the lessons he learned: Don't let people take small liberties with you, or they'll decide you're a pushover. "The same thing goes on in business. ... You have to stand up for yourself and your principles," he says.

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