The Meaning of Meaning

When I was a venture capitalist, I noticed that entrepreneurs whose primary goal was to make money usually failed. This is because this kind of entrepreneur attracts other people who want to make money, and then when the company doesn’t pay out big bucks immediately (and no startup does), these folks look for greener pastures. [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:13:51+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Life, Management|Tags: |4 Comments

Fact-checking 2.0

If you want to read about how fact-checking isn’t done these days, read how BusinessWeek published a story about how I was getting paid $900/tweet. Except that I wasn’t. In fact the premise of the story was wrong, so it pulled the story—after the fact. Which is rather odd. Journalism 2.0?

By | 2015-03-17T09:18:36+00:00 January 25th, 2010|Categories: Management|0 Comments

How to be a Mensch

The year is still young, so you can still make some good resolutions. Bruna Martinuzzi provides “Twelve Resolutions on How to Be a Mensch.” It includes actions like “be happy for others,” “get rid of grudges,” and “make people feel better about themselves.”

By | 2015-03-17T09:18:38+00:00 January 24th, 2010|Categories: Management|0 Comments

How to Design a Flat Organization

Over at the American Express Open Forum I posted an article called “How to Design a Flat Organization” by Matthew E. May (@matthewemay). This articles explains how FAVI built a flat organization to better serve its customers’ needs. Check it out by clicking here.

By | 2015-03-17T09:21:45+00:00 August 6th, 2009|Categories: Management|0 Comments

How to Get Your Back Covered

Over at the American Express Open Forum I posted an interview with Keith Ferrazzi, the author of Who’s Got Your Back. Keith’s preview book, Never Eat Alone was a huge success. In my interview he explains how executives can improve their success by forming a team of hardcore advisors. Click here to read it.

By | 2016-10-24T14:11:39+00:00 June 17th, 2009|Categories: Management|0 Comments

The Good Samaritan

Whether or not you are a Christian, "Jesus' Heart For Those Who Suffer" (12/21/2008 by John Ortberg) is a great sermon to listen to. What would you have done? Let us all be good Samaritans in 2009.

By | 2015-03-17T09:24:30+00:00 December 26th, 2008|Categories: Management|0 Comments

Literature and Narrative Management

Over at the American Express Open Forum blog I posted an article called “Literature and Narrative Management.” According to the New York Times, hospitals are incorporating the study of literature into residency programs because it leads to greater innovation, empathy, and communication. My theory is the same would hold true for business.

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:06+00:00 November 10th, 2008|Categories: Management|0 Comments

How to Tell If Your CEO Is Clueless

Pontificating, theorizing, and terrorizing abounds these days in tech startups. Here is a simple test to help you figure out if the startup you work for is in trouble. All you have to do is listen to your CEO talk to people for a week and determine if she uses these lines. “Let me tell [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:14+00:00 October 27th, 2008|Categories: Management|1 Comment

Guy’s Index of Absurdity: The Top Ten Ways to Tell If Things Are Really Bad

The experts are promulgating many esoteric ways to determine the financial condition of the economy. It's irrational to base one's mood on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). After all, (a) what does that have to do with the real world? And (b) it reflects the buying (and selling) decisions of the same investment bankers [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:20+00:00 October 13th, 2008|Categories: Events, Management|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Save a Billion Dollars

Over at the American Express Open Forum blog I just posted an interview with Chunka Mui, the author of Billion-Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years.. The subject of the interview is how and why companies make billion dollar mistakes. His thoughts are quite instructive [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:45+00:00 September 10th, 2008|Categories: Management|1 Comment

How to Tell If Your Boss Is Crazy

Over at the American Express blog I explain how to tell if your boss is crazy based on the work of Mindsite to DSM-IV-TR bring to the rest of us. If you suspect that you work for a narcissistic, paranoid, obssessive-compulsive, anti-social nut case, click here to learn more. Related resources: "Is Your Boss an [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:14:12+00:00 August 20th, 2008|Categories: Management|0 Comments

The Growth Mindset

"If You're Open to Growth, You Tend to Grow" should be required reading for managers and parents. It summarizes the work of Carol Dweck from Stanford. Key passage: Those who believe they were born with all the smarts and gifts they’re ever going to have approach life with what she calls a “fixed mind-set.” Those [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:30:21+00:00 July 6th, 2008|Categories: Innovation, Management|0 Comments