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Kill the Meetings

After coming off a 6-month sabbatical from Apple, I returned to work at about 5:30 am, cleared my inbox by 8 a.m. (hey, it was 1994 – this was still humanly possible, back then). By 8:30, I was sitting bright and cheery in the conference room for the regular weekly kickoff meeting that our work  More

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

When we invite people over at the house, we notice many of our friends have an interesting way of talking about themselves. “I suck at that”. “No way can my company grow given these market conditions” “I’ll never make it”. “It’s never gonna happen because of (these million, ever changing reasons)” “Every time I try  More

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Resentment, Resilience and Rebounding

“It’s them, not me”. That’s effectively what Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo (YHOO), has been saying in the few days since she’s been fired. Well, she said it more “colorfully” than that to Fortune’s Patricia Sellers: “These people f—ed me over,” she says, in her first interview since her dismissal from the CEO role  More

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The Kick In the Pants

I felt his foot so far up my butt that I could practically taste the leather. All the way from Oakland to our end destination of Los Gatos, he went on and on. And when traffic hit us, and slowed us down to a crawl, I almost wept from the agony of more time on  More

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The Seasons

This weekend traditionally marks the threshold between the summer of rest, and the fall of new fruition. When people lived on farms, the lore goes, you knew what season you were in. You were either doing the hard work of planting your seeds, or tending them as they grew, or celebrating the harvest itself and  More

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And, Who Are You?

The quiet and art-filled office space overlooking majestic oak trees, the joy of working with Mike Mace,  the significant source of income for our family. These were things I thought of when I thought of what I was losing when shutting down Rubicon. What I didn’t think of until it happened was this: when you  More

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