Podcast Of The Week: How To Drive Short-Term Revenue NOW

Times are hard and perhaps getting harder. Summer is supposed to be about driving to the beach, and between gas prices, the collapse of globalization, and wondering if we can take time away from work ever, it’s stressful.  Take solace in the actionable. I’m still going to the beach in August. But I’m also still … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: How To Drive Short-Term Revenue NOW

John Nash On Leadership (And Doing What’s Best)

Culture 101, via mathematician and game theorist John Nash, The best for the group comes when everyone in the group does what’s best for himself AND the group. That “AND” means a lot.  You can learn a ton about what is going on within any group by looking for the AND or any other more … Continue reading John Nash On Leadership (And Doing What’s Best)

Status Symbols Don’t Work “UP”

Status symbols (titles, watches, cars, etc.) work to signal people “below you” in status. To the status-seeking person, these are the talismans of displaying achieved happiness.  But those same status symbols don’t work “up.”  The CEO is still patting the Vice President on the back and telling him, “Good job.” Who does the CEO want … Continue reading Status Symbols Don’t Work “UP”

Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Luke Burgis was making a lot of money and miserable. We’ve all heard these stories.  “Successful person finds peace after getting rich and then philosophizing to the rest of us to seemingly prove their own happiness to themselves.”  Blech.  But Burgis isn’t doing that. This one hit me. Hard. Burgis isn’t just helping us step … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Why Adaptability Is The Most Important Leadership Trait

What one skill defines the best leaders in a chaotic marketplace?  Adaptability.  Aswath Damodaran told Patrick O'Shaughnessy that in a post-COVID world of inflation, recession risks, and geopolitical instability, the leaders who are going to make it are the leaders who are willing to change AND willing to listen.  When he thinks about leaders and … Continue reading Why Adaptability Is The Most Important Leadership Trait

Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Ever read a book that sort of breaks your brain because it gives you a new model/way to see things? Where you know it somehow fits/overlaps with the current way you see things, but you can’t quite fit it into place? Like it’s a single flower in a field of flowers puzzle and now you’re … Continue reading Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Useful And Accurate Are Two Different (And VERY Important) Things

Useful and accurate are two different things.  Sometimes ideas are dismissed because they aren’t accurate.  But inaccuracy doesn’t always translate to unuseful.  Myths and stories and everything make-believe aren’t accurate. But just because they aren’t scientific sound doesn’t mean they aren’t useful.  Sometimes the least accurate depictions of reality are the most useful depictions of … Continue reading Useful And Accurate Are Two Different (And VERY Important) Things

Andreessen Thinks Offices Are Archaic (And He Has A Point)

Marc Andreessen has a great take on offices: “There was no office of the Roman Empire. There was no office building. They didn’t go to work. They ran the world.”  Offices and schools are byproducts of industrialization. They made sense in the factory-era. They don’t make as much sense, in their current form, especially given … Continue reading Andreessen Thinks Offices Are Archaic (And He Has A Point)