Category: Inspiration

If/Then, Success

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This article from Ideas.TED.com suggests that life is a little like poker,  we know what cards and chips we hold and must do the best with what we have.  Check out this a simple but powerful self-management tool that requires nothing more than stopping to have a little “If/Then”  conversation with yourself before

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It’s Lonely at the Top; It’s also Lonely at the Bottom

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In one of his plays “Henry IV”, Shakespeare observed, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”  One of the most common descriptions of the leader’s life is that  “It’s Lonely at the Top.”  Fred Crawford, former CEO of global consulting firm Alix penned a letter to CEOs in Chief Executive magazine outlining

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Incentives Beyond Compensation: Monetary vs Non-Monetary

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If you’re a small to mid-size company you’ve no doubt lost at least one employee to a larger company who offered compensation that you could not match.   As frustrating as this is, you do have some options to retain people that don’t require significant out of pocket cost.  This short article from

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The Algebra of Happiness

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Academics and Business people need each other but often see the world very differently.   Dr. Scott Galloway at the Stern School at NYU who is also a startup veteran, and public company board member has lived in both worlds and built an impressive reputation for astute analysis, commentary, and remarkable

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Paul Allen – A Nice Man, Gone Too Soon

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Sadly, we live too much in a “winner take all world” and this applies as much to fame in business as in other fields.   To wit:  the passing of Paul Allen who co-founded Microsoft and thereby the computer revolution of the past forty years.   Bill Gates (the other Microsoft co-founder)

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“70 over 70”

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Many aging boomers are looking forward to retirement so they can, “ check out”.   Not Paul Tasner.  A few days before Christmas in 2007 at the age of 64, Mr. Tasner was called into a meeting and fired as director of operations for a company where he had worked for

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A Larger Ambition

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John Henry Newman once remarked that “history offers lessons, not rules.”  Imitating the path of one successful person is tempting because it’s easy, but is rarely the formula for success; we have to learn from many leaders with different stories in order to extract applicable principles as to what leadership really is. Presidential

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A Pocketful of Mentors

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Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously remarked that  “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ( Or, alternatively, as James Michener wrote, “Bad companions bring bad luck”)  The question is: who should these five people be?  One answer, and maybe the best one,  is “mentors.” Clearly, having

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Not So Rich, Not So Famous

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Gold Rushes occur throughout history.  In 1849, thousands made a mad dash to California when gold was found at Sutter’s Mill.  Most returned home even poorer than they arrived.   In the mid-1800s, the railroad boom made a few rich but destroyed many more.   Remember the late 1990’s and the Internet bubble?  

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The Passion Trap

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“Follow your passion”  may be in the top ten entries for career advice.  It may also be the most dangerous. This short article from Forbes, “Why Following Your Passion is Dead”, takes this advice to task as nearly certain to ruin or at least damage lives and careers. The author’s challenge

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