Archive for June 2018

Outside Help

Bill Joy, the founder of Sun Microsystems, is credited with saying, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people don’t work for you.” For big, ego-driven corporations, that is often a painful saying. For us entrepreneurs, it is a daily reality. When Do You Need Help from the Outside? Early in my career,…

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Silence

“Speech is silver; silence is golden.” – Thomas Carlyle, English poet Imagine you are a teacher leading a group discussion on a particular subject.  At one point in the lecture, you ask the class a question. No one volunteers an answer. So you, as the teacher, continue to wait, and wait, and wait. The classroom…

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Self-Doubt

Do you occasionally question whether you are cut out for running a business? Do you wonder if your innovative ideas will ever become popular? Do you think back on past choices that lead you to be an entrepreneur and question if you made the right choice?             If you have not had moments of…

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The Leadership Choice

You’re given a long-awaited promotion. This new position is exactly what you are dreaming.  You are climbing the corporate ladder, and finally, you get to start enjoying some of the perks of being in management.  You have worked hard for this opportunity, and you’re not going to miss it. First Step So, what is the…

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Rudeness

“That is so rude of you to say that.” I’ve heard this phrase, or some derivative of it, occasionally used and I’m not exactly sure what it means. Perceived as Being Rude For this comment to occur, someone had to say or do something.  I suppose rudeness can also be found in not saying something,…

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Goal Setting

What do you want to be doing in five years? Roger Bannister I have become a fan of Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub 4-minute mile. An excerpt from his book states. “There were four essential requirements: a good track, absence of wind, warm weather and even-paced running.”   Roger’s main goal…

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Retrospective

Retrospective, [re-truh–spek-tiv] adjective  directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc.   Who has time to reflect back on past projects and evaluate past performance? Most entrepreneurs I know would enjoy the opportunity to look back at past projects and reflect on what made them work and what went wrong.  But to do…

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Negative Value

I’m thinking of sending out holiday cards this year saying, “Wishing You All the Bad Luck in 2018.” Maybe I’ll add a skull and crossbones, use dark and dreary colors, and use paper that looks like I pulled it out of the trash.   I wonder if Hallmark or American Greetings have thought of this yet?…

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