Month: November 2014

Stop Chasing Unicorns — Get Passionate About What You Already Do

The easily given advice has become cliché: follow your passion and everything will turn out dandy. Problem is, we can’t all be movie stars, professional athletes, or ballerinas. There’s a difference between an achievable dream and a fantasy. For example, I probably will never get drafted for the NBA at 5-foot-5 and 44 years old. […]

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Use Feedback To Spark, Not Destroy

I was 11 years old and getting the scolding of my life. My dad let me have it because he busted me selling illegal fireworks at school, which obviously was problematic from a parent’s perspective. My entrepreneurial efforts got me in a world of trouble. The resulting punishment included being forced to call the parents […]

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Increase Trust, Reduce Cost

$167,731. That’s the annual cost to house, feed and guard a single prison inmate in New York City, according to a recent report published in the New York Times. This whopping price tag equates to a daily cost of $459.54. In the sharpest of contrasts to the cement-block walls of a cold jail cell, the […]

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A Most Delicious Victory

Customers lined up, waiting around the block for what you’re selling. This is the dream of all business leaders, especially when those customers come back every single day for more. We all want an infinite stream of buyers, willing to fork over whatever we feel like charging, so we can enjoy the spoils of success. This may […]

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You Are What You Believe

As we were about to take the stage together last week, Geoff Clapp, a New Orleans jazz drummer, said something especially powerful to me. While giving talks on innovation, I often hire local musicians and incorporate live jazz as a metaphor for business creativity (I’ve been playing jazz guitar for more than 30 years). We […]

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