Category Archives: Business

The Motive | Reflections & Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Motive: A Leadership Fable. John Wiley & Sons, 2020. (174 pages) REFLECTIONS The Motive is the shortest and simplest book I’ve written to date, but I suspect that it may be the most important. That’s because the danger

The Motive | Reflections & Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Motive: A Leadership Fable. John Wiley & Sons, 2020. (174 pages) REFLECTIONS The Motive is the shortest and simplest book I’ve written to date, but I suspect that it may be the most important. That’s because the danger

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

Organizational Health Summit | Notes

I attended and participated in the very first Organizational Health (OH) Summit hosted by The Table Group and Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Heading the OH Revolution is Patrick Lencioni, a New York Times best-selling author and according

Organizational Health Summit | Notes

I attended and participated in the very first Organizational Health (OH) Summit hosted by The Table Group and Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Heading the OH Revolution is Patrick Lencioni, a New York Times best-selling author and according

The Idea Book | Quotes

Fredrik Härén. The Idea Book. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois “An invasion of

The Idea Book | Quotes

Fredrik Härén. The Idea Book. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois “An invasion of

The Speed of Trust | Notes & Reflections

Stephen M.R. Covey. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything. Free Press, 2006. (354 pages) Speed of Trust site at FranklinCovey. SoundView Executive Summary. Stephen Covey’s talk on Speed of Trust at Lumen Institute: FORWARD …for every

The Speed of Trust | Notes & Reflections

Stephen M.R. Covey. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything. Free Press, 2006. (354 pages) Speed of Trust site at FranklinCovey. SoundView Executive Summary. Stephen Covey’s talk on Speed of Trust at Lumen Institute: FORWARD …for every

The HP Way | Notes & Reflections

David Packard. The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company. HarperCollins, 1995. (222 pages) FOREWORD by JIM COLLINS “viruous cycle” vs. the “cycle of profit/stock.” (xv) Therein we find the hidden DNA of the HP Way: the

The HP Way | Notes & Reflections

David Packard. The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company. HarperCollins, 1995. (222 pages) FOREWORD by JIM COLLINS “viruous cycle” vs. the “cycle of profit/stock.” (xv) Therein we find the hidden DNA of the HP Way: the

Getting Naked | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty. Jossey-Bass, 2010. (220 pages) INTRODUCTION Vulnerability. It is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood of all human qualities. (vii) Without the willingness to

Getting Naked | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty. Jossey-Bass, 2010. (220 pages) INTRODUCTION Vulnerability. It is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood of all human qualities. (vii) Without the willingness to

Something Ventured | Review

http://www.somethingventuredthemovie.com Just fun. There are hundreds of lessons, insights, stories, and moments of, “Oh, you too!? That makes me feel better.” There are a couple key lessons that are worth noting, and a closing quote which I found quite apropos.

Something Ventured | Review

http://www.somethingventuredthemovie.com Just fun. There are hundreds of lessons, insights, stories, and moments of, “Oh, you too!? That makes me feel better.” There are a couple key lessons that are worth noting, and a closing quote which I found quite apropos.

TED | Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

This is really a two-hour presentation I give to high school students, cut down to three minutes. And it all started one day on a plane, on my way to TED, seven years ago. And in the seat next to

TED | Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

This is really a two-hour presentation I give to high school students, cut down to three minutes. And it all started one day on a plane, on my way to TED, seven years ago. And in the seat next to

TED | Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

What do you think of when I say the word “design”? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted objects that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic

TED | Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

What do you think of when I say the word “design”? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted objects that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic

TED | Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

I’m going to give you four specific examples, I’m going to cover at the end about how a company called Silk tripled their sales; how an artist named Jeff Koons went from being a nobody to making a whole bunch

TED | Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

I’m going to give you four specific examples, I’m going to cover at the end about how a company called Silk tripled their sales; how an artist named Jeff Koons went from being a nobody to making a whole bunch

The Hard Thing About Hard Things | Notes

Ben Horowitz. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. HarperCollins, 2014. (289) Reviews: TechCrunch, Inc., WSJ, Forbes, SXSW Session, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Introduction The problem with these books is that they

The Hard Thing About Hard Things | Notes

Ben Horowitz. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. HarperCollins, 2014. (289) Reviews: TechCrunch, Inc., WSJ, Forbes, SXSW Session, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Introduction The problem with these books is that they

The Spill | Notes & Commentary

PBS Frontline. The Spill. October 26, 2010. Read: Furious Growth and Cost Cuts Led To BP Accidents Past and Present by ProPublica. Key quotes from the film: This is a story about ambition and its consequences. …there were charges that

The Spill | Notes & Commentary

PBS Frontline. The Spill. October 26, 2010. Read: Furious Growth and Cost Cuts Led To BP Accidents Past and Present by ProPublica. Key quotes from the film: This is a story about ambition and its consequences. …there were charges that

Paradigms | Notes

Joel Arthur Barker. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. HarperBusiness, 1992. (240 pages) FOREWORD: Three Keys to the Future They are Anticipation, Innovation, Excellence. (11) Excellence is no longer a competitive edge. It is the necessary price of entry.

Paradigms | Notes

Joel Arthur Barker. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. HarperBusiness, 1992. (240 pages) FOREWORD: Three Keys to the Future They are Anticipation, Innovation, Excellence. (11) Excellence is no longer a competitive edge. It is the necessary price of entry.

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room | Notes & Quotes

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005 [R] And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? – Matthew 16:26 (NLT) In light of the

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room | Notes & Quotes

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005 [R] And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? – Matthew 16:26 (NLT) In light of the

TED | Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

I’m really excited to share with you some findings that really surprise me about what makes companies succeed the most, what factors actually matter the most for startup success. 0:24 I believe that the startup organization is one of the

TED | Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

I’m really excited to share with you some findings that really surprise me about what makes companies succeed the most, what factors actually matter the most for startup success. 0:24 I believe that the startup organization is one of the

The New Business Toolbox: Help Your Business Do It Right The First Time

Lesson One: The Business Model Being an entrepreneur — being a freelancer, starting something — is one of the highest impact things you can do. It’s your chance to make a dent in the universe. There are two elements that

The New Business Toolbox: Help Your Business Do It Right The First Time

Lesson One: The Business Model Being an entrepreneur — being a freelancer, starting something — is one of the highest impact things you can do. It’s your chance to make a dent in the universe. There are two elements that

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Jossey-Bass, 2002. (229 pages) Introduction Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. (vii) If you

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Jossey-Bass, 2002. (229 pages) Introduction Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. (vii) If you