Set Aside Blocks of Interruption-Free Time for Planning and Reflection
Avoid the Busyness Trap
People have a tendency to use busyness to prove to themselves and others that they are productive and dedicated to their work. But is all that work really a...
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.
The Mass-Market is Shrinking as it Becomes Easier for People to Find Unique Products
The End of Mass
Since the beginning of the Industrial Age companies have been focused on marketing one-size-fits-all products to the masses. The more generic a product was, the bro...
Let Your Employees Make Mistakes So that They May Learn from Them
Let Your Employees Fail
As a manager, you will be tempted to intervene when you see an employee who is about to fail. If the risk is not high, it is often better to leave them alon...
Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity not a threat.
Inspiration is not willed
Don't put pressure on yourself to become inspired. Don't make inspiration happen. It is not willed -it happens. To become personally inspired, create the optimal circumstances for ...
A Single Hostile Employee Can Turn a Culture of Collaboration into a Culture of Fear
The Hidden Cost of Hiring Jerks
Everyone suffers when a jerk is allowed to join your organization. Even if the employee in question is a star performer, don’t discount the effect...
Are we on the right path?
Your business has to be a platform. It has to be a place once people move into it, they're hesitant to leave and tell their friends about. But most importantly, the Revenue Per Mil...
Work like a dog, dress like an idiot
The true rock 'n roll and heart and soul of business is captured in The Selby movie featuring Mitch Alfus, The Leather King. Since the very start of Rockstart Mitch has been a huge...
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
Be prepared for what you don’t see coming.
You can manage luck. Prepare intensively, commit all the resources you can, and be maniacal about execution when the good-luck moments arrive.
Morten Hansen and Jim Collins recent...
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
Rewards Should be Unexpected and Given After the Fact
Motivate Creative Behavior
Rewards can be used to encourage creative and nonroutine behaviors in your employees, but they should not be offered before the work is done.
When you’re a rut, announce change
"If you're stuck, you're not alone." Becoming unstuck, whether it's breaking out of a malaise or a routine, requires taking a step. A small step. The smallest step possible.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson
Good Profits Are What You Earn when You Create Value for Your Customers, Bad Profits Are Created by Extracting Value from Your Customers
Not All Profits Are Created Equal
Don’t get seduced by smart pricing tactics such as pushing inappropriate products, locking customers into contracts, and collecting hidden surch...
Inspire, share, connect
Yesterday I watched the "Press Pause Play" documentary in a very intimate setting at TrouwAmsterdam. Trouw is a creative, cultural space (club/restaurant/more) with a good cultural...
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
Get up, stand up
We wanted to have stand-up meetings. So, yesterday we dragged this monstrous table into our office. It needed 4 guys to carry the beast and our contractor to take out the door so ...
Entrepreneurial thoughts in podcasts
It's always good to have an inspirational place to go to, whether you're over-thinking concepts, worrying about investors or just being uninspired. We recently stumbled upon a litt...
We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.