How Old (In Human Years) Is Your Business?

Your business has an age. Treat it accordingly.  A baby needs 24/7 care, can’t do anything for themselves and is wholly unpredictable. It’s the idea on paper where you’re asking “maybe this will work” but any number at this stage is largely irrelevant.  Toddlers require even more resources. Nothing of material value is coming out … Continue reading How Old (In Human Years) Is Your Business?

Podcast of the Week: The Private Life Cycle Of Businesses

Before you open a spreadsheet, ask “how old is this thing behaving?”  Aswath Damodaran, aka Professor Damodoran, aka the guy who literally wrote THE (textbook) BOOKS on business valuation, says there are no meaningful numbers without stories.  So when it comes to valuing a business, you can and should look at the numbers, but you … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: The Private Life Cycle Of Businesses

Nora Ephron On Owning Your Path, Your Past, And Your Present

Here’s Nora Ephron on owning your path, your past, and your present: My religion is “Get over it.” And I was raised in that religion. That was the religion of my home -- my mother saying, “Everything is copy; everything is material; someday you will think this is funny.” My parents never said, “oh you … Continue reading Nora Ephron On Owning Your Path, Your Past, And Your Present

Boundary Border Patrol

Accept the imperfections that don’t cause you harm, and reject the imperfections that do.  You know, “boundaries.”  The crazy person who always comes through and makes you laugh is good. The crazy person who always trainwrecks your project is not good.  Simple to say. Hard to do.  Fortify and patrol those borders, it matters.  ps. … Continue reading Boundary Border Patrol

Podcast Of The Week: Daniel Pink With Brené Brown on Regret

I’ve already been talking about resiliency, regret, and how we approach it all week, but let’s get it straight and highlight the source material one more time. Listen to Daniel Pink talk about his new book and so much more with Brene Brown on the Dare to Lead podcast.  Then, check out his book, The … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Daniel Pink With Brené Brown on Regret

You Are Not That Special: Regret Edition

Brené Brown asked, “True or false: regret is difficult when you struggle with a fragile ego?” Dan Pink responded with,  Okay, so I think that the fragile ego is something that self-compassion can address, because here’s the thing, I just want to clarify this for everybody whose feelings are about to get hurt, you’re all … Continue reading You Are Not That Special: Regret Edition

The Answer To Most Either-Or Questions Is YES

The answer to most either-or questions is “Yes.”  Should it be quantitative or qualitative? Yes.  Should it be written out or presented? Yes.  Should it be fact-based or faith-based? Yes.  Balancing what appear to be extremes and mixing tensions together is what makes things interesting.  All numbers with no story is boring. All story with … Continue reading The Answer To Most Either-Or Questions Is YES

Daniel Pink: Reclaiming “Regret”

Daniel Pink wants you to know declaring “no regrets” is both wrongheaded and backward. It’s OK to have regrets. We all do. We just don’t all know what to do with them.  When he sat down to write his latest, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward,  his goal was to reclaim … Continue reading Daniel Pink: Reclaiming “Regret”

Imagine You’re Running For President (Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s Career Advice To Will Smith)

At the grand opening of Planet Hollywood, business partners Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzeneggar were hanging out alone. Poised like gods on a superhero mountaintop at a backroom table, they’re approached by a young upstart actor named Will Smith, who jumps right in with this question: What’s it take to be the biggest … Continue reading Imagine You’re Running For President (Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s Career Advice To Will Smith)