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Perfectness

When I first worked at Apple, most of the people leading change were perfect. Perfect as in: went to a great prep school, ended up at an ivy league, had gone onto Harvard, got recruited by this hot fruit company in Silicon Valley, the place where the 1984 ad was written by Bill Cleary and  More

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Never Gender, Rank, Title

My son is reading Harry Potter and is literally devouring it. Soon, I’m thinking, he’ll reach Book 4, which poses a little problem. Not to be a spoiler or anything in case you haven’t read it, bad things happen to good people in Book 4. So as a parent, I’m thinking about what to do  More

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Avoiding Depression

Don’t we all have an aspiration? I believe we all do.  Perhaps many. But we can deny them. Sometimes we ignore them, to believe they really don’t exist. Sometimes we allow them to be, but refuse to act because we think the aspiration is unrealistic. Most often, we see our dreams or aspirations as something we  More

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“Bullet-Proof” Conversations

Dear friend: I realize i was quite anxious to see you last week and that surprised me a some level but as I reflected on it, I realize that I’ve wanted to show up with our conversations about what is next, with bullet-proof clarity. From many comments you’ve made to me over time, I’ve come  More

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Fem-nomics? Or Leadership?

I don’t know many women entrepreneurs who haven’t already read Penelope Trunk’s post on women entrepreneurs and how they can’t be successful because… they want to have children. The sexist title alone that TechCrunch put on the original article made it a sure read to all of us women entrepreneurs. On top of it, it plays  More

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What Now?

When change comes a knocking, what do you do?  I got a disturbing letter on Friday that shifted my world. Things would never be the same as a key member of my community moves on to a new role; the organization involved could suffer, it might grow, but for sure it will be …changed. Change  More

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