Creativity and Productivity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Many creative people struggle with time management and organization because many of them believe that constraints hinder the freedom to create.  The opposite is actually true.  Constraints can actually lead…

Finishing Last is Better Than Quitting

You probably never heard of John Stephen Akhwari. He was a runner from the country of Tanzania in the men’s marathon during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During…

50 Shades of Boulder Startups

When I think of the word “startup,” I tend to think outside the server room. Boulder is a city of startups of all shades. These other shades of startups are just as vital to the sustainability of Boulder’s economy, and contribute to Boulder’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture as much any tech startup.

How You Finish is More Important Than How You Start

The story of Secretariat is extraordinary in terms of both the records that he broke, and also in the way he did it. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973…

7 Deadly Sins of Networking

Having a good pitch and a snazzy business card is not enough to network effectively. I am always surprised at the networking mistakes that both newbies and veterans make at networking events, like only focusing on making a sale rather than establishing a relationship, or going on and on about how their business but not showing any interest in the other party.

Copycats and Creative Commoditization

The famous Ansel Adams photograph, “Maroon Bells” (1964), is possibly one of the most replicated photographs among nature photographers.  Run a Google images search on “Maroon Bells” and you’ll see…

Imposter Syndrome

The “Imposter Syndrome” is when a person feels they don’t deserve a title or identity because they are not the best in their field, or because they feel they lack…

Apple’s Business Unit Strategy

Admiring Apple for only its well-designed products and clever commercials is only scratching the surface. Apple is actually a great case study on brilliant business modeling. Apple treats every product…

7 Ways to Ruin a Brainstorming Session

A good brainstorming session basically requires a good moderator, a clear goal, and participants that are open to ideas, good problem solvers, and respectful of other people’s opinions. Even with…

Lessons in Self-Mastery From a Blind Chef

Christine Ha’s story is not just about mastering cooking. Christine’s story is a lesson in self-mastery.

Be Productive Rather Than Busy or Active

There is a difference between being busy and being productive. Being busy just means you have a lot of tasks you need to get done. Being busy says nothing about…

The “Soft No”

Just because a prospect rejects your sales pitch doesn’t mean the sale is over.  Typically, their first “no” is actually a “soft no.” It’s very reflexive for prospects to flat…


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