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We Can’t Agree to Disagree

If [fill in the person] thinks I’ve bought in, they’re crazy.” “Even if [fill in the group] doesn’t believe in our current vision, they’ll believe when they see it.” “I don’t think [fill in the project] even matters to our customers.” These are not the kinds of comments any of us utter if we know  More

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Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time

Trust, fights, and child care. When I’m advising start-up teams nowadays, I ask a lot of questions around those three areas. Which makes it sounds more like a marriage counselor’s office, rather than a boardroom, right? Quite often, the teams I’m talking with think culture is some woo-woo stuff that doesn’t make any difference in  More

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Love & Brands

A friend running brands for a big giant software company sent me a note asking if I knew someone who had 10 years of expertise doing FaceBook/Twitter marketing.   Anything strike you as seriously wrong about that?     Just think for a minute and you’ll get it…. Yes, that’s right. Twitter only started in  More

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Love & Brands

A friend running brands for a big giant software company sent me a note asking if I knew someone who had 10 years of expertise doing FaceBook/Twitter marketing.   Anything strike you as seriously wrong about that?     Just think for a minute and you’ll get it…. Yes, that’s right. Twitter only started in  More

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Three Times You Have to Speak Up

It was said of Abbot Agatho that for three years he carried a stone in his mouth until he learned to be silent. I was thinking about that story by Thomas Merton during a recent board meeting. The CEO and CFO were marching through their 112-slide presentation. Recent market updates, a technical deconstruction of various  More

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Management 2.0

Ever notice that most job descriptions list about 10 things that are known that the person will be required to do and then some line that says “projects as needed”. That’s the catch-all line because what we get hired for isn’t everything we do; in fact, the functional job someone is hired for is only  More

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