Category: CEO

Zuckerberg and Scrabble

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A recent excellent HBR article that suggests  “business does not need the humanities, but humans do. “ This short HBR blog posting makes the case that we are creating a culture where “big data begets small minds “ and we run the risk of favoring the “unprepared overachiever.” The writer makes a compelling

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WHO, NOT HOW

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When we are faced with a new problem, what is our first instinct? “How Do I Solve this Problem?”  Turn the question around – ask “Who Solves this Problem?” Here’s a valuable tool for your new venture from Peter Diamandis, successful entrepreneur, co-founder of over twenty companies, and founder of

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Rookie Leader Mistakes

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We all make mistakes when undertaking a new activity and first-time leaders are no exception.  Two former Navy Seal Commanders believe that new leaders always make the same two mistakes.  This short article from Business Insider will tell you what they are.   See also the video link at the end of the article

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3 Ways to Tomorrow

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The fourth quarter starts on October 1 and many companies will begin their annual planning rituals for 2019 and beyond.   For many, the ritual assumes a future that looks pretty much like the past and produces a slightly larger version of what they already have.  This is comforting but bound to

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“SWOT on Steroids”

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Most of us have participated in a planning session using SWOT analysis  (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).  Often, participants offer suggestions that however well-intentioned, are just “top of mind” or limited to their own area of responsibility or expertise.  This is especially true for weaknesses and threats which often come from outside

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Death of a Sales Man(ager)

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Many CEOs have taken a great salesperson and turned them into a mediocre (or worse) sales manager. The folly of this is almost a proverb, yet many leaders keep hoping their superstar in the field will be able to share his or her “secret sauce” with their entire sales force.   Taking

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The Silver Tsunami

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Peter Drucker once remarked that “Demographics is the history that has already happened.”  This is obviously true for society at large, but there are particular implications for the aging  Baby Boomers who own businesses and are starting to look for the exits. Factor in a smaller cohort of Millennials coming of age

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B2What?

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If you’re looking to start a business, or advising a young entrepreneur to do so, a fundamental choice is what kind of business to start.  A very successful venture capitalist suggests that many people only look at the type of businesses they see succeeding around them, or that they themselves buy

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35 Startup Steps

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If you’re thinking about starting up a business, or know someone who is, an article from Forbes may save some time or trouble. Richard Harroch, Managing Partner at venture capital firm Vantage Point has watched many start-ups succeed,  and mostly fail. He offers a valuable checklist of thirty five steps to buy

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Mr. Milken’s Meeting

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If you like TED Talks, check out financier Michael Milken’s Annual conference website. Top notch thought leaders in a wide variety of fields, not just business, are featured in compelling video recordings of this year’s Milken Conference. There are dozens to choose from and you can search by topic and by

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