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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…

October 7, 2019

Four Ways To Focus Entrepreneurs On The Common Good

Due to the upsurge of underage vaping, the federal government, several states and cities are moving aggressively against Juul and other companies in the e-cigarette industry, and the company has removed its CEO. (A recent spate of deaths associated with vaping has greatly…

September 22, 2019

What If We Got Rid Of All Entrepreneurs?

Many successful entrepreneurs of the moment inspire fear and anger. The litany of their sins is long: They sell our personal information to people who use it to manipulate us. They create dangerous products, like e-cigarettes, and market them to minors. They devastate worthy industries, such as the newspaper business and independent book selling, and invent repugnant industries, such as internet porn. And as ten…

August 25, 2019

Friendship and Leadership Are Easily Confused

Entrepreneurs often develop strong feelings about the connection of friendship to business success—feelings that can get in the way when they enter a corporate setting. Consider an entrepreneur—let’s call him Mike—who sold his company to a big corporation and agreed…

July 27, 2019

The Right Stuff: Five Factors For Entrepreneurial Success

“Do you think I have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur?” That’s the question I hear over and over from students in my entrepreneurship classes at Princeton and from other aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s no casual inquiry. They’ve spent…