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May 21, 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…

April 26, 2020

Before You Reopen, Create A Crisis Playbook For Next Time

During the 2008 worldwide financial meltdown, Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never allow a crisis go to waste.” Last month on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the former Chicago mayor repeated the remark in reference to Covid-19 and added, “Start planning for the…

April 3, 2020

How Leaders Can Chart A Steady Course Through The Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic will test every startup leader, and their performance will be graded by those they lead. Should the leader falter, that judgment is likely to be unsparingly harsh. The test couldn’t be harder: the future is unknowable and the crisis…

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…