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Month / May 2019

Capacity Is A State of Mind

It’s tragic how we adults tell children anything’s possible while telling ourselves we’re out of options. It’s also frustrating to consider how we find ourselves in these deeply-grooved ways of thinking about nothing but our limitations. Why do we do this? I think it’s a product of the group. It’s socialized thinking. We are naturally […]

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The Best Book for Noncompetitive Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy Rating 10/10 Best Line #1: To focus on the red ocean is therefore to accept the key constraining factors of war—limited terrain and the need to beat an enemy to succeed—and to deny the distinctive strength of the business world: the capacity to create new market space that is uncontested.    Best […]

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Netflix’s Looming Merger

Disclaimer: I’m not a prognosticator and I’m certainly not an entertainment industry expert. As a result, this article is more of a working paper rather than a final, absolute argument. The main objective is to illustrate a line of reasoning heavily inspired by current events and this week’s study of the brilliant book Blue Ocean […]

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The Head, The Heart, and Profit Margin

There is a great adage attributed to Jeff Bezos that goes like this: Your margin is my opportunity. It is largely suggestive of his approach to scaling Amazon. With perpetual reinvestment, Amazon grew in one primary area (bookselling), developed new technologies to support that area (computing power), spun off those off capabilities into viable services […]

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Blue Oceans and Industrial Heresy

It took a long time—decades—for many of us to realize that there was more than one way to run a fast food restaurant. In fact, the words “fast food” had only one definition for nearly thirty years. Or was it forty years? It’s hard to say. How long did we live with nothing but the […]

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Blue Oceans Beneath The Duct Tape

Of all the different ways to think about a business venture, my personal favorite comes from the instant classic Blue Ocean Strategy. As a framework, it offers the richest set of tools for helping us mix empathy, creativity, and crunchy industry analysis into a viable business venture. Mostly by helping us search for that eponymous […]

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The Best Book for Understanding Persuasion

Influence By Robert Cialdini Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: We all fool ourselves from time to time in order to keep our thoughts and beliefs consistent with what we have already done or decided. Best Line #2: Very often in making a decision about someone or something, we don’t use all the relevant available information; […]

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Let’s Give Each Other Halos

Certain experts in certain fields can make very good judgements in a very short amount of time. These judgements are often as accurate as any finding that would be rendered in a more lengthy, more thorough analysis. Delivered with confidence and certainty, such quick assessments feel like a parlor trick of sorts. It’s the way […]

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How Consistency Shapes Our Identity

Logic is lovely. It allows our minds to produce a sterling line of consistent thought, weaving facts we observe into theories we infer. Without it, there would be no science of any kind, no elegant solutions to known problems, no deductive reasoning. I can’t think of a more bedrock concept in human cognition. Of course, […]

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Better Influence With Reciprocation

Altruism is defined by its central quality of selflessness, a total abdication of our usual homo economicus attitude. We find this behavior in children, animals, and even our adult selves. It is a beautiful practice that doesn’t get enough attention. In fact, I was delightfully startled to find a story of altruism in the recent […]

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