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Is Mastery Even A Choice?

“The difference between passion and addiction is that  between a divine spark and a flame that incinerates.” Dr. Gabor Mate Around the same time I read Mastery, I also read the Steve Jobs biography and the Phil Collins autobiography. Say what you will about these two gentlemen (I’m a huge Collins fan but admit that […]

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Authenticity and LinkedIn

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #5: Is LinkedIn just the Yellow Pages for resumes? The Craigslist of careers? Is it social media? An online community? I honestly don’t know. I never really […]

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The Biggest Challenge Yet

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #4: Rock climbing is like anything; you start small. You have to gain some fundamental skills and learn your initial limitations. There are shortcuts but […]

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The Thrill of Readers by Your Side

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #3: If you’re reading this, you have made my day. You and the others who read the things I’ve written here. For years, I’ve wanted […]

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Quality And Context – Must Have Both

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #2: I think the chefs at P.F. Chang’s could make a great lasagna, something better than anything at Olive Garden. But they won’t make lasagna […]

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Lesson #1 from the First Six Weeks: Less But Better

True to The Lean Startup principles featured in Week #4, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #1: It’s funny that I’m the person who champions Dieter Rams’ “Less But Better” ethic by writing 2,000 words about it. […]

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Where Innovation Comes From

I’m really not sure that anyone can intentionally create an innovation from whole cloth. There’s a fine book about this that will be a future review but, for now, consider the beauty of what emerges from great experiments. In other words, consider the accidental discovery that powers much of the office environment: post-it notes. One […]

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Jordan Missed 9,000 Times.

Actually, he missed 12,345 times. And with a shooting percentage of 49.7%, he missed more shots than he made. This fact is used to motivate others. Failure, after all, is the path to success. Part of striving. To borrow from another sports legend, Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It’s […]

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