Tag Archives: leadership

Ditch The Lemonade Stand Mindset

In my first company, we quickly outgrew our office space. Expansion wasn’t an option and to make things worse, we were in the midst of a booming commercial rental market. We scoured the city with our broker for months, searching … Continue reading

Productive Paranoia

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. They feel too soft. Squishy. I much prefer the concrete—dates, actions, outcomes (and consequences). Otherwise, it’s just too easy to focus on my clients’ business while forgetting to forge my own. Sound familiar? … Continue reading

Parachuting Through The Ceiling

Why parachute through the ceiling when you can walk through the door? So asked one of the lesser Mad Men of Peggy Olson when she kept coming back to rework a creative concept after he—her boss—had approved an earlier version. … Continue reading

Our Mandela Legacy

A great light has left us. A powerful voice for—and enduring symbol of—equality, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing will speak no more. Many have and will continue to memorialize Nelson Mandela—the BBC gives a glimpse of both his public and more … Continue reading

Genius or Genius Maker?

Liz Wiseman, in her book “Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” asked: Are you a genius or a genius maker? Watch this video and “meet” one of my favorite genius makers… 000000

I Smell A Rat

It’s happened to you. You’re in the midst of a phone call or a meeting and suddenly your ears perk up. Something feels off. Do you act on it, note it for later or let it slide? Depends on what’s … Continue reading

Tapping Out

Tapping out (from the combat sports) is yielding to your opponent. Defeat is immediate. In football, tapping out—for anything less than being unconscious—is considered a disgrace. Take the Bears’ Jay Cutler, who refused to re-enter a critical playoff game after … Continue reading

Legacy Matters

The passing of Steve Jobs last week unleashed a tsunami of testimonials (my own ode to this business rock star can be found here). While expected, his death was profoundly sad—both because of his age and the potential he had … Continue reading

Of Idols and Men

Steve Jobs put the cool in technology. But that’s not why he’s on my short list of business idols. It’s because he committed himself early to one simple, emotionally enticing principle: to make technology easy. Relentless dedication to one powerful … Continue reading

Be The Thermostat

“You’ve got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate..a thermometer just reflects it.” Cornel West The choice is yours. You can shape your world or let it shape you. A human thermostat (consultant, advisor, … Continue reading