Behind the Curtain With a Top Executive Coach

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Behind the Curtain With a Top Executive Coach

I have to confess, I’ve been highly-suspect of the world of coaching. In no small part, because I’ve known more than a handful of people who defaulted to the career after failing at a number of other careers, being unable to create some semblance of order and joy in their own lives and searching for […]

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The Myth of Freedom and Entrepreneurship

Ask new and aspiring entrepreneurs what draws them to the quest to start their own businesses and you’ll often hear “freedom” in reply. Control over when you work, who you serve, how you decide and what you create. Ask established business owners what the best thing about the way they earn their living is and […]

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Do You Want to Build a Startup or a Business?

Legit question. A startup is not a business. It exists for a different reason. A business exists to serve the long-term blended needs and desires of the founding team, the community for which it creates solutions, experiences and delights and, increasingly, the larger community and ecosystem in which it exists. A startup, on the other […]

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Leadership Innovation: Obedience or Intention, Which One Wins?

After 19 years in the Navy, David Marquet, was given command of his own fast-attack nuclear submarine. But there was a problem. It was the worst performing sub in the Navy. Morale was horrible, turnover insanely high and culture nonexistent. All traditional approaches to leadership had failed. So, Marquet, decided to try something radically different. […]

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Melissa and A.J. Leon Did Everything Right. Then It All Fell Apart.

The walls came crumbling down just four days before their wedding.. This week’s episode of Good Life Project TV just went live, and it’s a good one! It features Misfit, Inc. founders, Melissa and A.J. Leon and the powerful story that led them from a place of complacency and fear to a place of action, […]

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When You Refuse To Abandon Hope [and Kids]

Friday seems a good day to share an inspiring story… It started out as a way to engage a small group of kids who’d been given up on. High-schoolers, most hanging on by a thread. The same old way of doing things hadn’t worked. Schools had largely given up, and so had the communities around […]

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Innovation: Beyond Lip Service

It”s amazing how often I’m reminded that everyone wants better, nobody wants change. A few years ago, I was approached by the COO of a public company. A new executive team was recently installed in an effort by the board to shake things up. All were outsiders, with the exception of the CEO, who’d risen […]

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Giving Power to Gain Freedom

How do you build and scale a venture or a movement to touch as many lives as possible without blowing apart your own life along the way? This is a question I’ve been working on for years. Exploring models, strategies, ideas and tactics. Through it all, one overriding ideal keeps bubbling up to the top. […]

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The Power of Delight

What if we were doing it all wrong? According to my genius friend and founder of Riddle & Co. (recently acquired by Retargeter), Jeff Riddle, businesses are going about growth all wrong. They spend every waking hour and huge line items in their budgets on customer acquisition. Then, once a prospect becomes a customer, they all […]

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Why Scale? Entreporn, Exits and End Games

Launch, scale, flame or exit, rinse and repeat. It’s all anyone in the world of tech-entrepreneurship and especially entrepreneurship media can talk about. Because it’s sexy. It’s where the stories and legends are created. A couple of people in a garage giving birth to a multibillion dollar company with a giant exit. Or, more likely […]

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