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I Disagree

Jul 9, 2018

One of my favorite parts of my job is to interview potential employees.   During those interviews, one of my standard requests is for the potential new hire to tell me about a disagreement they had and how it was resolved.   More applicants than not attempt to convince me that they have never had…

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Bottleneck

Jul 5, 2018

Bottlenecks do have beneficial uses.   I’m reminded of this every time I’m driving and trying to drink coffee from a regular coffee mug.   Coffee splashes over my console and down the front of my shirt.   On the other hand, I have no problem drinking from a bottle of water. With the narrow opening,…

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Your Discomfort Zone

Jul 2, 2018

We are all amnesiacs. To our peril, we constantly forget some of our own best lessons. Discomfort Equals Progress I understand the appeal of stories of how guys like Mark Zuckerberg and Sir Charles Branson got out of their comfort zone and found amazing success. We enjoy reading about the success stories of these ultra-successful…

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Outside Help

Jun 28, 2018

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

Jun 25, 2018

“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

Jun 21, 2018

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

Jun 18, 2018

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

Jun 14, 2018

“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

Jun 11, 2018

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

Jun 7, 2018

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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