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March 1, 2020

Why We Can’t Innovate And How To Change That

Many people and organizations consider innovation so difficult that they are too intimidated even to try. We hardly notice when uninnovative businesses go under. We’re bored with them and no longer care. Think Kodak or all the restaurants that shutter…

February 20, 2020

How To Make And Evaluate A Good Startup Culture?

I frequently get asked the question: How can you make a good startup culture when you can’t even describe what a culture is, let alone measure it? Almost all of literature explores the question of, “what is a good person?”…

January 19, 2020

Why ‘Alpha Dogs’ Make Poor Leaders In Startups

The notion of the “alpha” personality, identified long ago by experts in animal behavior, remains a useful term for a human type that is all too familiar: an unusually assertive, aggressive person with a strong need to dominate a group.…

December 15, 2019

How Your Definition Of Entrepreneur Can Limit Your Success

The word entrepreneur is used so often in so many different contexts these days that pinning it down is virtually impossible. Everyone has their own definition, and the one you adopt—or unconsciously accept—can determine your aspirations, dictate your behavior, and…

December 1, 2019

Why Entrepreneurs Say Rules Shouldn’t Apply To Them

Want to know which of your teen-agers might grow up to become a successful entrepreneur? Look at their SAT scores and their rap sheets.  That’s the implication of some widely discussed research published three years ago in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, one…

November 17, 2019

Understanding How Good Leadership Requires Great Manipulation

Manipulation has a bad rap. Nobody likes being on the receiving end of manipulative behaviors like bullying, name calling, passive aggression and the like.  Or the more seductive and insidious forms of manipulation that we associate with used-car salesmen, political demagogues…

November 3, 2019

How To Tell When A Startup Turns Into A Business?

The recent IPO odysseys of Uber and WeWork are more than a couple of isolated stories of entrepreneurial overreach. Uber’s IPO fell far short of its predicted valuation of $100 billion. WeWork (recently rebranded as We), after slashing its valuation…