In Business, It’s Culture that Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Strategy is often talked about in business schools. In fact, strategy is a primary focus there. Culture, however, is less understood. Culture involves a variety of contributing factors, including a blend of attitudes, beliefs, mission, philosophy and momentum that help to create and sustain a successful brand. Culture represents the vision, norms, symbols, beliefs, behaviors…

Powering Down to Show Up

Interviews with CEOs and entrepreneurs can be two things: self-delusional or self-interested, sometimes both.
On Sundays, The New York Times runs a column called Corner Office, in which a business leader of some sort weighs in on his or her company culture, ways of hiring, methods of doing business. Usually you get the sense that all…

The Unkind Leader

Where does it say that to be a leader you need to be an awful person?
Leadership books are published all the time, and they purport to instruct current or future executives on the best way to get people to control their destiny and learn the art of war or never give in.
Few of them talk…

How to Be A Leader

In this article, I’m going to discuss some of the characteristics in being a leader.
Most people know when they are being led, but do not exactly know what it takes to lead. This is inspired by Derek Sever’s video on TedX: How to Start A Movement. It talks about creating a movement.
Let’s focus more on…

Transparency and Public Image

We’re in an age now when transparency counts for something. That doesn’t mean you can’t be private. But it means you should be upfront about what you do. And care about your customer.
Consider two cases.
The late Steve Jobs was famously discreet about his personal life. He also instituted a culture of secrecy at Apple. This…