2017

The Secret to Better Cooking

Over the last few years, I’ve been taking a number of cooking classes and have discovered a few big insights. Here’s the main one. The single biggest secret to better cooking is… Better Ingredients That’s it. On the one hand, it seems obvious. On the other hand, it can’t be that simple, can it? As [...]

Well-Educated vs. Well-Schooled

A few years before I was born, humankind achieved a remarkable feat. We landed a human being on the moon. The lunar module spacecraft used for the lunar landing mission had a mere 4 kilobytes of memory and weighed 70 lb (32 kg). Today, I have an iPhone in my pocket that has 268,435,456 kilobytes [...]

Impaired & Borrowed Functioning

People with low self-esteem have an impaired ability to validate themselves. I know. I used to be one of them. When I was successful in my endeavors, I felt fine. When I was struggling or failing, I felt like a defective human being. (It’s healthy and normal to feel disappointed by setbacks in life; feeling [...]

Margin of Error

I find it useful to learn from other disciplines. If you want to stand out in your field, borrow ideas that are commonplace in other industries, professions, and domains, but unusual in your field. I’m not the only person who has come to this conclusion. Warren Buffet’s business partner, Charlie Munger, strongly advocates multi-disciplinary learning. [...]

The Leadership Vacuum

No organization is perfect. The world changes constantly and it’s impossible to pursue all the right opportunities with all the right resources at the exact right times. Gaps always exist. I’ve made an entire career out of “filling” gaps, and I think you should too. Let me explain. A market gap exists when customers demand [...]

With Deep Gratitude

By the time you read this, I will be in my kitchen with my green apron on, cooking up my part of Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be playing my favorite playlist on Pandora. I’ll be surrounded by friends and family. I’ll be monitoring the thermometer for my turkey to make sure it’s ready to be served. [...]

Sharpen Your Axe

In the United States, there’s a historical quote attributed to President Abraham Lincoln that says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The quote refers to the important role of proper preparation for any endeavor. I was thinking about this quote a few [...]

What You Said vs. What You Meant

In my four years at Stanford, I took approximately 45 classes to obtain two degrees. When I look back at which classes were most useful to me, there were five. 1) Introduction to Economics 2) Social Psychology 3) Statistics 4) Public Speaking 5) Peer Counseling I’ve used what I learned in these five classes nearly [...]

The Decline of Logic

When I was at McKinsey, fact-based, well-reasoned logic was prized. It didn’t matter if you were in your 15th year at McKinsey or your first 15 days, the person with the logical conclusion ruled the day. I remember being repeatedly told that if I had the logical conclusion demonstrating that the Partner’s thinking was wrong, [...]

Speed vs. Speed Bumps

In the United States, we have a feature in our roadways known as speed bumps. These are intentionally created bumps in the road near schools, playgrounds, and anywhere children spend time. The goal of these speed bumps is to force you to slow down the car you’re driving to provide a safe environment for children. [...]

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