Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Employment is Over

I don’t write and draw and preach and sing the stuff I do seduce anyone into trying entrepreneurism if they don’t want to. Some people have no interest in being their own boss. That’s understandable. They prefer to get a job and do the things the job requires and go home and go to bed. They feel this way: “I do my job. Why do I have to be burdened with managing my career, as well?” I don’t write about envisioning the exact sort of life you want and stepping... Read more →

Our Imperative Is Innovation

Last week we sponsored the 7th annual ASU+GSV Summit, an innovation-centric event that gathered together more than 3,500 entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, policy makers, philanthropists and educators to focus on raising educational outcomes through scaled innovation. What follows are a few of the ideas that I shared in my keynote, which you can watch here. We have seen unbelievable growth in educational attainment in the US since 1870. This matches the country’s incredible economic growth... Read more →

If It Looks Too Good To Be True, Read This First

Her “villa” in the Dominican Republic looked like a real find. It came with its own concierge and a private pool and was only steps away from a rugged Caribbean beach. Best of all, the price was right for Elisabeth Sperry, a veterinarian from Falmouth, Maine: a week for just $3,500, a 25 percent discount from the regular rate. But Sperry wishes she hadn’t found it. After wiring the money to a bank account in England belonging to the person who claimed to be the owner, she discovered that she’d... Read more →

Idan Raichel, Singer-Songwriter, Keeps Quiet, Lets His Music Do the Talking

At the beginning of 2013, I took my husband to a concert as a surprise. He had no idea where we were going until we got to the box office. His best guess was Ethiopian food, which we’ve both been craving—and this wasn’t entirely off the mark. We spent the evening with Idan Raichel, whose band is heavily influenced by Ethiopian as well as Middle Eastern music. My personal favorite, “Hinech Yafah,” based on the Song of Songs. Listen to it late in the evening. In addition to his musical... Read more →

Why Watching Rugby Reminds Me of the Best of Human Nature

In this series of posts, professionals reveal their best antidotes to work stress. Read the posts here, and then write your own (use #OutsideWork in the piece). One of my favorite hobbies in my free time is watching sports. I enjoy both individual sports like F1 Racing and marathons, as well as various team sports. The most significant sporting event that comes to mind to me and many other Japanese recently is the Rugby World Cup that took place back in the Fall of last year. In the opening weekend,... Read more →

Best Negotiation Movie of 2015 – and What You Should Learn from It

The movie award season is upon us once again. As a committee of one, I am pleased to announce that Bridge of Spies wins the Best Negotiation Movie of 2015. Lincoln and A Hijacking, won the honor in 2012 and 2013, respectively. No  film qualified in 2014, but this past year Bridge was way over the bar.  (It’s also up for a Best Picture Oscar.) Steven Spielberg’s film is based on a negotiation to swap a captured Soviet spy for two Americans prisoners held being the Iron Curtain in the early... Read more →

Why I Wouldn’t Miss the Spectacle of the Super Bowl

Yes, I am at the Super Bowl as I write (I even loyally wore a Saints jersey — but it was Archie Manning’s, Peyton’s dad, who quarterbacked my New Orleans Saints when I was a child). What an experience! There were headaches and obstacles and traffic and delays, but they were all worth it. What a spectacle and everyone is in a good mood. As if seeing the two best teams in America’s favorite sport clash for the title weren’t enough (and fumbles and interceptions having quite an impact... Read more →

The Main Lesson That Businesses (and Hospitals) Can Learn From This Toyota Plant Shutdown

If you follow the auto industry, you might have seen headlines this about how Toyota is being forced to shut down production in its Japanese factories next week (see one article, via Bloomberg). If you’re a devotee of the Toyota Production System (aka “Lean“), you might start asking “why?” until you got a good answer. Why are they shutting down production? Because they will run out of steel.Why? Because a steel supplier’s plant is shut down. Why? Because there... Read more →

The Lesson I Learned From Failing Fast

Any true expert in their field will tell you that you have to continue honing your craft if you want to stay an expert. That’s a lesson I relearned the hard way back in 2007 when I completely missed the mark with my own employees during our annual vision presentation. But thankfully it’s also a lesson I retained when I gave this year’s vision talk. You can read about how the talk went over in 2007, but, in short, it did not go well. When you’re “The Presentation Lady,” people rightfully... Read more →

What Marco Rubio Will Do for Your Family’s Budget

Chris Chocola, the former president of the fiscally conservative Club for Growth and former congressman from Indiana’s 2nd congressional district, recently endorsed Marco Rubio. Here, he explains how families all over the country will benefit from Marco’s economic plan: More than six years after experts officially declared the recession over, we continue to endure the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Barely half of U.S. adults are working full time. For every job... Read more →
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