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It’s All Been Done Before: How to Turn Unoriginal Ideas Into Breakthroughs
It’s All Been Done Before: How to Turn Unoriginal Ideas Into Breakthroughs

Many of us want to start our own business, or practice, or even simply deliver value in a way that has never been delivered before. And the public arena we wish to venture into is filled with reports of new undertakings. These reports, however, tend to lean in one distinct direction. We mostly read about the trailblazers and pioneers who’ve pushed the boundaries of the market...

Super Bitesize Me
Super Bitesize Me

Do you remember Morgan Spurlock's social experiment where he offers himself up as a guinea pig and consumes only McDonald's food for an entire month, three meals a day? The benefits? An Academy Award for Documentary Feature for Super Size Me. The downside? Mood swings, sexual dysfunction, fat accumulation in his liver, 13% body weight increase and a dull as dishwater energy level. We are all...

When employees have an opinion, fire them
When employees have an opinion, fire them

Just as Google engineer James Damore was getting sacked this month for a controversial memo he wrote 3 1/2 years ago, I was finalizing a controversial book I started writing at approximately the same time. Damore’s memo expressed critical views of the company's diversity efforts. In response to social media’s uprising about freedom of speech, echoed by a handful of female engineers, Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO,...

How the Google Memo Shows What is Needed to Break the Dry Spell…
How the Google Memo Shows What is Needed to Break the Dry Spell…

At a company where employees hop-on and off the boat at the rate of tourists on a sightseeing city cruise, why has one ex-Googler caused a public uproar? Is the Google Memo case really just about one company's battle with an unruly former engineer turned bitter? Or is it an omen of a revolution in the making? Both, the Google Memo, Damore’s @Fired4Truth movement, as well...

Confessions of a Millennial: Part 1
Confessions of a Millennial: Part 1

This writing is largely in response to the statements made by Simon Sinek (author of "Start with Why") in a much-revered speech where he articulates a closure on “The Millennial Question." I’ve learned to generally be careful with anyone who offers closure. A bid of final answers is usually a red flag that someone is doling out a covert sales pitch. When we speak of Millennials, we...

Susie Nam, COO Droga5
Susie Nam, COO Droga5

When I was younger I thought it was all about technical skills and experience. I’ve come to realize that it’s a lot more about the intangibles. It’s about having a center of gravity, it’s about having confidence and getting to a place where you have a wellspring to give to others and tapping into your own emotional intelligence, and that’s a tough thing to cultivate. I...