Posts in entrepreneurship
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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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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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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There is Never a Bad Time to (Re)Define Your Culture

I have been thinking a lot recently about company culture and the intentionality for which it should be built.  Many start-ups begin their business with a strong intention to get a product to market quickly but fail to prioritize the necessary endurance that only the right company culture can sustain.  There is never a bad time to work on organizational culture but it takes on different forms at different stages of company development. 

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Self Reflection on Running Ultra Distance Trail Runs

In August 2016 I ran a 70 mile race in the Canadian Cascades called the Fat Dog 70.  It was a hot day, running at elevation and the run would take over 21 hours.  I took my phone with me and shot some video along the journey.  It shows the high highs and the low lows.  There is so much I learn about myself on these runs and most of all I learn to dig deep and know that when I'm in my darkest moment, I keep moving because it will get better.  Check out this video to see the real story.

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