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Are good questions the new caffeine?

December 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

What’s your goal when you speak to people?
What impression do you want to generate?
What feeling or action do you want to inspire?
Engagement is my number one goal when I’m presenting or leading a meeting. I’ve nailed it maybe two or three times in the last two years. Every time that I had total audience engagement, [...]

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You need a conspiracy

May 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

You want to fix something, change something, build something.
Maybe you’re in a big organization that you want to change, or about to launch your own startup. Either way you have a passion to Make Something Big Happen.
Much advice is directed at you as an individual – how to influence management, how to get venture capital, [...]

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How can we fix California’s tech systems?

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I had the pleasure last week of having breakfast with Vivek Wadhwa, and besides being completely charming and a great breakfast companion he told me that he was about to go speak to the leaders of California’s state technology organizations.
If you follow TechCrunch or Vivek’s tweets you will know that he has written two very [...]

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How does your team smell?

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

It’s easy when you’re on a team to let little complaints leak out to others in the organization. Let’s say you start a difficult project that runs in parallel with everyone’s main job, and at the beginning not everyone in your team is pulling their weight.
If you compain about that to even one person outside [...]

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How to talk to interesting people – UPDATED w/ videos!

September 22nd, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

UPDATE: This week I knew I had calls with some interesting people coming up.  So I wrote this blog post Tuesday on three questions that make the most first conversations.
Then Wednesday I saw a tweet that grabbed my attention. I discovered there was a Twitter conference happening 15 miles from me that afternoon! I [...]

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Tribes who need each other

August 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I think the biggest problem for human beings is working together in groups, particularly in the face of disagreement. Whether I’m consulting in big companies or talking to friends about their marriage, the problem feels the same to me. How do we work with, learn from, and respect others who we may passionately disagree with? [...]

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Do human beings need profit?

July 1st, 2009 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

What do you think?

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Seth’s right, and there’s more

June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Is there anyone who doesn’t love Seth Godin’s blog?
I think it’s one of the first blogs I subscribed to by email because I didn’t want to miss anything.
Today he’s got a post on why joint ventures fail. It’s a quick and worthwhile read, but the problem he points to goes way beyond joint ventures. In [...]

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On London, Rome, and saying “hot” in business emails

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I’m having what I’ll call a “jet-lag organic” morning, which is to say that my sleep cycle is pretty disrupted from 12 days in Europe last week so I woke up very early and have been lazily browsing through email and things online for a few hours.
Chris Brogan who I follow on Twitter just published [...]

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Why Guy Kawasaki is wrong about teams

January 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

I like the tweets from @RedStarVIP on Twitter. This morning I saw one that said “The Art of Execution” followed by a link. That topic teaser sounded generic to me, but because it was from redstarvip I clicked.
Guy Kawasaki offers some great advice in this piece. But he also perpetuates an old and destructive false [...]

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