A Better Design - A Reflection on a Year in Costa Rica

We control our story and the story we tell directly impacts the life we design. My stories in Costa Rica were filtered through axioms of curiosity and wonder and minimal judgement. I was able to let go of control and be open to what a new country and new relationships would throw our way. As we get ready to head to Seattle to continue our adventure, I appreciate the Costa Rica experience. But what I will bring with me is a new outlook.

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You're Not That Busy

We always think that being busy is this badge of value. Look at me. I’m a busy person. I have realized after many years that it’s exactly the opposite. Being busy is not a power statement of successful leaders. In fact, it undermines power by implying it is something that is being done to you. There is nothing wrong with occupied time but there are ways to do it that keep you in control of the life that you are trying to create.

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Russell Benaroya
Push an Inch or Push a Mile. Your Call

Do you ever wonder why you are working so hard and soooo busy but just aren’t changing the game in your life or business. The truth is that most of us are trying to push too many things forward and we end up pushing them an inch. Focus and prioritization can move initiatives forward a mile but we’re scare of “giving up” on the other activities. You much give up some things to progress in others. Focus on pushing your intention a mile and see the results.

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Changing Your Trajectory. It's Just Physics.

This post is about life trajectories and how to change them. I was inspired by a former business coach, Lex Sisney, who talked about achieving life and business goals through the lens of physics. That got me thinking about the variables that drive trajectories and how those can be changed (or at least having the intention to change.)

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Want to Reach Your Goals? Embrace Critical Success Factors.

This post explores the framework for achieving goals. For many of us goal oriented people, we love the idea of setting a goal (or multiple goals), but goal setting has a surprisingly risky underside. Without the right framework in place to execute on the plan necessary to achieve a goal, most never succeed. I am going to change that for you in this post with a structure you can apply to yourself as an individual or to your teams and company.

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Top 10 Ways to Battle Digital Dementia

For the last couple of years, I have felt like I was losing my ability to remember pretty much…. anything.  I was terrible with names.  I couldn’t remember some childhood events that should otherwise seem salient.  The issue of Digital Dementia is a problem and as entrepreneurs, we want to show that we’re “on the pulse” of everything when in fact, we may be forgetting the things that really matter.

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What’s Your Saturday Morning Dance Party?

I grew up on the 1980’s Bar Mitzvah circuit.  It is where I acquired all of my best dance moves.   A little limbo.  A little YMCA.  A little awkward slow dance to In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins or You’re the Inspiration by Chicago (I’m getting a little choked up just writing this).  But growing up on the circuit didn’t prepare me for dancing in adulthood and I settled into the norm like most of us that dancing is way “out of my comfort zone.”

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Create Your Organization's Learning Advantage

We have to create the ripples and the ripples may turn into a wave and a wave may turn into a rapid and propel us down the river.  If we aren't creating ripples often then there is no chance for a rapid to emerge.  This is one example of acknowledging some truths in building velocity at your organization, the ability to move decisively to get a learning advantage.

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Book Review: Building a StoryBrand

I'm seriously tired of business books.  More frameworks.  More process.  More what I "should" do.  More what the best companies are doing and I'm not.  I still read them though because maybe, just maybe, there is gem in there that will trigger me to look at the world in a slightly different way.  That's what happened a few weeks ago when I read Donald Miller's, Building a StoryBrand

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Russell Benaroya
The Thing Happened. It's Meaningless

For many years (and probably most of my life) I wrapped myself up in stories.  Stories that questioned, "How well am I liked?", "What will people think of me?", "Am I a good entrepreneur?", "Will I meet my parents' expectations?", "Am I worthy to be in this role?", "Will I make enough money?",  and on and on and on and on!  Hundreds of times a day we experience things in the world and we create a story around it and very often, that story hinders our ability to live a full life.  So how can we stop telling stories that cripple our potential and realize the possibilities of taking control of our intentions? 

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The Softer Side of the Entrepreneur/VC Relationship

I was a venture capital investor for about five years prior to starting my first healthcare company.  It gave me the opportunity, while I was still pretty young in my career, to learn the process of sourcing, investing in, and then owning an interest in a highly volatile start-up company. I had a mentor who said to me once, “You don’t know what you invested in until you get to the first board meeting”.  He also said, “The easiest thing you’ll ever do in this business is write the check”.  The point is that the work of the venture capitalist begins once they are an owner. 

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