Thoughts on Life

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 [...]

In life, there are two kinds of critics. There are those who sincerely want to see you improve, and there are those that just want to put you down (often to make themselves feel superior to you). Take note of constructive suggestions from the former, but learn to ignore comments from the latter. This truly [...]

Question: First of all, thanks a lot for sharing your insights and knowledge. Since I took notice of your website, I spend every possible minute to read and watch the videos! Holding a diploma in industrial engineering from a Top 3 [European] University, I am now looking for starting my career in the consulting industry. [...]

CIBs and F1Ys often ask me, “Where do brilliant insights come from?” My first reaction was… geez, that’s a good questions. I have to think about that one. Certainly at a basic level, insights come from asking the right questions to elicit the most useful data — but in my experience that’s where EXPECTED insights [...]

Lately, a number of CIBs and F1Ys have been asking me about what books I read. One of the very first business / success books I read was in 1990. (And yes, I realize this is before some of my readers were born…) At the time, it was a brand new book titled: The 7 [...]

One of the mistakes I made early in my career was to think of my career as a way to earn an income to pay the bills. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, there’s an alternative approach that I did not consider explicitly and early enough in my career. That is the idea [...]

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook speech to the Harvard Business School Class of 2012. Topics to pay attention to: 1) Re-thinking how you decide on your next career steps 2) Noticing her comments about how people are afraid to tell authority figures bad news (re-affirming my advice that your willingness to do so [...]

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