Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

Sting, Paul Simon

Collaborations

Live music has a way of infusing the soul. I’m sitting at my home office today, humming The Boxer, because, last night, two rock legends shared a stage at the San Jose Arena. Both Paul Simon (71) and Sting (62) are exceptional talent unto their own, and could easily have filled the big halls and  More

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Unwritten

Most of us long to make a dent in the universe, to leave a world that’s different and better than the one we were born into. Short of being a some singular giant like Steve Jobs, or Nelson Mandela, however, the only way until recently that we could pursue this goal consciously and systematically has  More

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To Agitate, or Not? That is the question.

Were you struck when you heard that GM’s new CEO Mary Barra is only earning half of what her (male) successor made? She may have shattered the “glass ceiling” as the first and only woman worldwide to head up a car maker company. But her pay is another story. In corporate governance filings released yesterday,  More

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Hello, 2014!

Happy 2014! I was doing bills last night (first time in nearly 30 days with all the holiday rushing around), and I was surprised by the new digits. 2014. It came out first as 2013 (unsurprising), 2004 (got one part right), 2011 (what?!) and finally …2014. To which I can only say: Change … it’s  More

Execution

How to Tackle The New Thing

“How do you approach/strategize/tackle launching a new thing? What is your process? How did you follow it through to the finished thing? This seems to be part of what you have done well and repeatedly (launching over 100 products, constantly pivoting in new scenarios). My hurdle is always execution. How do you do it?” asked   More