Oops. Shouldn’t Have Told You Not to Work

I try to be results oriented as a manager. Well. Results AND values oriented. Focus on the results, and as long as you’re behaving consistent with TAGFEE, then we’re cool. I want to manage the work and not the people. I don’t care when/how/where you do your work so long as it is done on(…)

Anaïs Nin – the world of the dreamer

In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again.(…)

Saudi Arabia: The devil in the details – Opinion – Al Jazeera

“Does a woman’s right to work, travel, marry, divorce, and participate in public society fall within the law’s definition of “basic needs”? Will Saudi courts interpret corporal punishment of a wife or child as abuse, or as a legitimate use of authority? Drawing the line would be the best test of the new law’s efficiency(…)


File this one under Peeves. And maybe under Startup Life. I bristle inside when someone says that they didn’t fix a problem or offer a solution because they “didn’t feel like they had the authority to make that decision.”  I’ve heard this a lot over the years. “If I was the Director of x,y,z, then(…)

42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google’s Product Strategy

42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google’s Product Strategy. Lot’s of great stuff in here. And some scary stuff too. Like this one: #13 Show up. True for everyone, and more for leaders: “Working from home is a malignant, metastasizing cancer,” Rosenberg says. “Ban it.” Love these ones: #21 Hire by(…)

Matt Blumberg’s Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business

Here’s a quick book review for Matt Blumberg’s new book, Startup CEO. Some of my favorite things about this book: It’s written in a pragmatic and engaging style, without jargon or filler. It includes actionable tips and frameworks for all aspects of managing a company. It has soul. It’s not just about increasing wealth. It’s(…)

Accidental Entrepreneurship

Chris Devore wrote a post about a month ago that generated a lot of great discussion. In particular, this part: But as an investor, there’s only one kind of entrepreneur I want to back: the relentless, hungry, flawed, brilliant, monomaniacal freaks who actually believe they can do it better, smarter and bigger than anyone else(…)

Leading Starts With Listening

Leading starts with listening. Here are some phrases that may help you get to the bottom of things: “Tell me more.” “Is there anything else?” “What should I have asked you that I didn’t ask you?” “How do you know you know that?” What do you expect of me?” “How do you see this? “What(…)

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