Better Days Are Coming

I’m once again in a bit of a contemplative mood thanks to a thoughtful coffee discussion with a good friend this morning. I’m more convinced than ever that, while it’s been the most tragic event of our lifetimes, we’ll exit this epidemic in a dramatically better place than we entered it. First and foremost, we…

Are You a Sun, Planet, or Blackhole?

Some people are Suns; they shine, they radiate, and they emanate positive energy that nourishes those around them. Without Suns, the world would be a dark and dreary place. Suns don’t seek out other Suns as their energy isn’t codependent or discriminatory: it permeates throughout their vicinity helping nourish everything around them. Suns are extremely…

The Startup Flywheel

Is it just luck? Is it about timing? It isn’t easy, but there is a method to the madness of building a company from a “Baby Yoda” startup to a “Master Yoda” profitable enterprise that is loved by its clients and partners: accelerating a FLYWHEEL representing a virtuous cycle that starts and ends with PEOPLE.…

The Million-Dollar Idea Is a Lie

I finally mustered the guts to transition from written words to spoken ones. I’m so much more comfortable writing than I am in front of a camera. Entrepreneurship has taught me a lesson: that Nolan Bushnell was spot on when he declared, “everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the…

What’s Your Mistake Maturity Score?

I’m a founder, CEO, and investor in a growing technology startup. Yes, I experience stress that accompanies my love and passion for what I do.

More to the point, my stress is frequently misunderstood. Unexpected things happen; many of them are due to mistakes made and associated human error, miscommunication, or missteps. It’s frequently assumed that it’s these mistakes that drive my stress. They aren’t. In this article, I explain why mistakes aren’t what worry or stress me and, instead, it’s our reaction to mistakes that does.

Mistakes are unintended tests of individuals and teams; how mistakes are handled reflects a Mistake Maturity measuring an individual and an organization’s ability to overcome and thrive. Below are the five levels of Mistake Maturity (MM): levels MM0 through MM4.

The 4 Hs of the Perfect Hire

Over my career, I’ve been fortunate to lead some sizeable teams. Large teams are like a tribe that has an established culture and traditions; one new tribe member can only change the tribe so much. The counter scenario is equally true: a newly-established small tribe is still establishing its culture and traditions with each new…