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[12 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 7,603 views]
What’s New?

We are all early adopters now. Everyone is looking for the new new thing. When someone finds the latest new new thing, technology helps everyone else find out about it and we get to decide if we want to follow along. When done right this process moves lightning fast and blockbuster products surface almost instantaneously. New products cross the chasm faster than they’ve ever crossed before. For remarkable products, the chasm has shrunk.
Despite all this progress, there remains a lack of both art and science in the field of new …

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 725 views]
Would You Do It All Again?

Entrepreneurship looks easy, glamorous and fun from a distance. When you’re in the thick of it, risking your name and credit, things get a little less glossy. When you’re deep in The Dip, when everything seems to be going wrong, when the world doesn’t care, you start to think about quitting. After all, you left a comfortable job with great benefits. You get no vacation days now. Everything is shipping late and costs much more to make than you anticipated. Cash flow just isn’t materializing.  Quitting seems the reasonable thing …

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[2 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 3,073 views]
“I Can Only Sell What I Like”

How many times have you heard this? How many times have you yourself said it? I too have been guilty of it.
The problem with being able to sell only what you like or “believe in” is that you never have to improve your sales skills. You get to brush aside every failure to sell something simply by saying, “I didn’t really believe in that.” Or you get to take a pass on a great sales opportunity that requires you to learn a new industry, sell to higher level executives, manage …

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[2 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,094 views]

Successful people, consistently successful people, understand the difference between process and results. A recent article in the Boston Herald about Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, shows that Theo understands this principle well. It is the primary reason behind the consistent competitiveness of the Boston Red Sox since the beginning of the Epstein Era. I love this team more than ever because it has become such a model of scientific excellence, marketing genius, innovative management, and patient execution.
Are you judging your personal, professional, and organizational results on …

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[30 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 828 views]
How to Survive a Social Media Guru Explosion

Everybody seems to be a “social media guru” these days. Like a real world sausage-fest, the “guru-fest” on Twitter and Facebook where four out of every five members claim to be some sort of ninja, jedi, maven, strategist or expert cannot possibly be a good thing. I exaggerate but echo chambers are not productive. What’s an earnest social media consultant to do?
Before you read on, you should know that I wrote this post only for those folks who are totally committed to the social media “industry” and intend to make a …

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[16 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | 13,800 views]
How to be a Good Member of a Board of Advisors

There are plenty of good pieces on the Internet about how to build a good board of advisors.  Go ahead, Google them.  There is one super post about why you shouldn’t bother to build an advisory board by the smart guys at 37Signals.  Essentially, they’re saying that too many supposedly critical things are myths that keep you from building the company and products.  But what if someone has approached you to be an advisor to his company?  There aren’t very many pieces about how to be a good advisor.  So how do you …

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[10 Aug 2009 | 13 Comments | 9,483 views]
A Remarkable Story

My first impression of Seth Godin upon meeting him was that he is an extraordinarily efficient person.  You wouldn’t think of a “creative” as efficient in the sense that a supply chain manager, hamburger flipper, accountant, or the Octomom are efficient.  But Seth conducted interviews with about thirty candidates for the SAMBA program in under three hours.  He made up his mind on who fit perfectly soon after and, it turns out, he picked an amazing group.
How amazing? That remains to be seen. Everyone in the group was so remarkable, I …

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[18 Jun 2009 | 3 Comments | 731 views]
Fitting the Business to the Marketing

Seth said something that really boggled my mind.
“Instead of fitting the marketing to the business, fit the business to the marketing.”
“What?!?! What is he talking about?” was my initial reaction.
Turning things upside down and completely rearranging the order and relationship of things seems appropriate in times like these. Wise men throughout history have championed the art of contrary thinking as one way to develop new ideas, options, and decisions.
Instead of Marketing as an afterthought designed to fit whatever product or service you’ve already decided to create, the business you create will …

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[7 Dec 2008 | 18 Comments | 5,800 views]
The Startup Myth

The world would be a much better place if less people tried to build startups. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we could use less entrepreneurship. Innovative entrepreneurs will pull us out of this recession more sustainably and more meaningfully than any government bureaucrat with indirect policy levers could ever do. What I am saying is that we need more people wanting to build companies, not startups. That is not a too subtle distinction.
Would-be entrepreneurs proclaim proudly how they are starting new businesses and are willing to endure many …

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[9 Oct 2008 | 13 Comments | 3,423 views]
When CEOs Become the Soul of a Company

Have you ever wondered what could happen to the stock price of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) when its amazing CEO, Warren Buffett, is no longer able to captain the ship or passes away? This topic has swirled atop investors’ minds for at least a few years now and consistently keeps getting addressed by the Oracle of Omaha himself during Berkshire’s annual shareholder meetings. Last year, I sent my wife Cynthia to the shareholders’ meeting and she reported that the continuity or succession topic was one of the most widely talked about.
Let’s …