EXECUTION | PEOPLE | PERSONAL GROWTH

Look Up: A Poem That Will Inspire You to Put Down Your Smartphone

In private and in public, we’re glued to our smartphones — often at the expense of having a conversation with real human beings in front of us! In fact that was one of the motivations behind the development of Google Glass by Sergey Brin. Brin asked why should we be looking down all the time?…

EXECUTION | LEADERSHIP | STRATEGY

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

“The hard thing is not setting a big hairy audacious goal. The hard thing is laying off people when you miss the big goal. The hard thing is not hiring great people. The hard thing is when those great people develop a sense of entitlement and start demanding unreasonable things. The hard thing is not…

EXECUTION | LEADERSHIP

Can a Company Have Co-CEOs?

Co-founders, family-owned businesses, and professional service firms often have this arrangement. There can only be one real head of the company, no matter what title each person has. If employees aren’t clear about who’s going to make key final decisions, it creates indecision and anxiety. Verne Harnish (author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits) recently wrote…

EXECUTION | PERSONAL GROWTH

212 Degrees: The Degree of Difference

The 212 Degrees concept reminds us all of the power we have within us when we just “turn it up” 1 extra degree. It is that one-degree that is holding many people back. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to…