November 2017

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. [...]