Podcast of the Week: The Creative and the Capitalist (Conversations Between Koppelman and Andreessen)

What happens when you put a creative and a capitalist in a room to talk about the overlaps and interests between their worlds? You get insights like this: How to manage up and down the chain of command in a project where expectations vary massively between the highest level executives and the lowest level people … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: The Creative and the Capitalist (Conversations Between Koppelman and Andreessen)

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Responding vs. Reacting

Here’s an old Zig Ziglar story I’ve been thinking about:   You get sick and go to see your doctor. The good doctor prescribes some medication and asks you to come back in a week. Upon your return, if the doctor says, “Uh-oh, it looks like your body is reacting to the medication,” that’s a bad thing. … Continue reading Responding vs. Reacting

The Source of “Why” is Identity and Culture

“Hey – why’d you do that?!” Why’d you: buy the product, sign up for the service, make the trade, do the maintenance, have the procedure, etc. Our natural focus is on “that,” but the important trigger is “why.”Annie Duke links the reasons for “why” we make decisions to our identity and our culture. If we understand the innate human … Continue reading The Source of “Why” is Identity and Culture

From Towel Boy to Coach, “Habits of a Champion” with Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea grew up loving baseball and the New York Yankees. After high school, he (and the scouts) decided he wasn’t good enough to pursue a professional career, so he went on to study Sports Medicine at the University of South Florida. As luck would have it, the Yankees did their spring training near the school … Continue reading From Towel Boy to Coach, “Habits of a Champion” with Dana Cavalea

Brian Koppelman’s Three C’s to Relax Around Important People at Work

How should we talk to people with power? People with authority? Those above us in the org chart? The smartest, hardest, most accomplished clients we serve? Brian Koppelman (writer/creator of Billions, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen) has a few tips we can all borrow from, no matter what our profession is. Consider these Koppelman’s three C’s: comfort, caring, and collaboration.   … Continue reading Brian Koppelman’s Three C’s to Relax Around Important People at Work

Podcast of the Week: Understanding How We’re Wired with Daniel Kahneman

Few people have done more to help us crazy humans understand the ways we operate and act in this crazy world than Daniel Kahneman. Sam Harris recently sat with him for about 2 hours at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and captured an incredible conversation about his life's work and what he's thinking about now. … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: Understanding How We’re Wired with Daniel Kahneman

What’s More Important: A Good Team Or A Good Product?

Venture investor Fred Wilson said he often gets asked whether it’s better to invest in a good team or a good product (aka “should you bet on the jockey or the horse?”). His answer fits into how we build our teams, deliver our services, and market our practices.   Some people are biased that the team doesn’t matter … Continue reading What’s More Important: A Good Team Or A Good Product?

Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the (Finite) Game

Simon Sinek’s new book, The Infinite Game, is coming out in mid-2019 and he recently sat with Cal Fussman to discuss the big concepts. Sinek explores the way we personally, professionally, and institutionally approach games that can be won (i.e. sports, bets, aka “finite games”), and those that can’t (i.e. marriage, free trade, aka “infinite games”).   Perhaps unsurprisingly, … Continue reading Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the (Finite) Game