Thoughts on Life

I recently wrote an article on How to Be a Corporate Superstar. In particular, I described how important it was to be an “A” player in your company. I received a number of follow up questions that I wanted to address, including the following: Question: What would you suggest to help a C player grow into [...]

Amongst U.S. Corporations, employers use the term “A” player to denote an employee that’s exceptional. This is based on the U.S. academic grading system where the top performing students are awarded an “A” grade and the worst performing students earn an “F” grade. If you are working in corporate or expect to do so at [...]

The one downside of a powerpoint presentation is that it may inform, but it doesn’t inspire. The following advertisement discusses Volvo’s steering technology. It could have very easily been a powerpoint slide showing how consistent Volvo’s steering is vs. other steering technologies. But a STORY… particularly one conveyed VISUALLY… conveys more than 1,000 powerpoint slides [...]

Here’s a great, short, and extremely rare video of Warren Buffet and his business partner in a joint interview. See Munger’s key point about life long learning, how they compete against people much smarter than them, and competitive advantage.

In my consulting practice, half of my clients are women. This is very unusual as the industry standard is about 10%. I’ve had the great privilege of working with some of the most talented women in their fields. The fascinating thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is the role self-perception plays in all [...]

Growing up, I watched Michael Jordan play basketball. He was, with little argument, the best basketball player of all time. He was incredibly dominant — probably 5 – 6 standard deviations above the mean. Michael Jordan has been in the news a lot because he recently turned 50 years old. There’s an in depth profile [...]

A few days ago, I was in Manhattan taking a seminar on screenplay writing. During my time there, I had one night where I didn’t have any plans or commitments. As an experiment, I invited a few dozen CIBs, 1Y, 2Y to a last-minute, impromptu Q & A session in the lobby of my hotel. [...]

I wanted to thank you for being a reader and follower of my work. It has meant a lot to me. To understand why I feel this way, I’d like to share a deeply personal story that reveals my most shameful secret about myself. With the exception of two or three people, I haven’t shared [...]

In technology industries, the single biggest strategic maneuver one can make is to employ a “disruptive” strategy. A disruptive strategy is one that so challenges (some would say massively threatens) the status quo how things are done in an industry that quite often it completely wipes out entire industry sectors. Examples include: * Digital movie delivery [...]

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