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21
Mar

In 2006 Lady Gaga had dropped out of NYU to pursue music, but then Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract. After crying on her grandmother’s couch, her father gave her one year to figure it out. Also in 2006, music manager Troy Carter’s star client canceled his contract. Carter’s business suffered, his home was foreclosed, his car […]

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14
Mar

10 inventions/discoveries by women that were credited to men: Cure for leprosy (Alice Ball) Disposable diapers (Marion Donovan) Monopoly (Elizabeth Maggie Phillips) Square-bottomed paper bag (Margaret Knight) Computer programming language (Dr. Grace Murray Hopper) The modern bra (Caresse Crosby) Hair straightener (Ada Harris) Nuclear physics (Chien-Shiung Wu) DNA double helix (Rosalind Franklin) Windshield wipers (Mary […]

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07
Mar

My dad read multiple newspapers every day. We found it entertaining. He found it essential. While the stories were the same, the perspectives were not. Whole Foods In 1978 John Mackey co-founded Whole Foods Market. But it wasn’t until 2003 when he explored the viewpoint of animal rights activists. They were picketing, unhappy about the […]

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28
Feb

I’m currently reading One Bullet Away by Nathanial Fick, a memoir of Fick’s journey to become a Marine Officer. Fick shares the following advice he learned from Captain Fanning during Officer Candidate School: ”Marines need to know one another’s jobs. Too often platoon commanders focus on the mission while platoon sergeants focus on troop welfare. […]

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14
Feb

In a recent interview, the host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah explained how he works out without going to the gym. He described his strategy as “assigning an exercise to each person.” When Trevor runs into Jane, he does 5 pushups When Trevor runs into Bob, he does 10 squats B.J. Fogg would applaud Trevor […]

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07
Feb

In 1999 I jumped out of an airplane and I quit a great job. Why? I was not afraid to go skydiving But I was afraid to confront my boss (so I left the company instead) How could I be fearless and fearful at the same time? Marketing guru Robert Middleton said it best: Fearlessness […]

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31
Jan

Research from Professor Paul Zak at Claremont Graduate University reveals 8 boss behaviors that foster trust: Intentionally building relationships Facilitating whole-person growth Showing vulnerability Sharing information broadly Inducing challenge stress Encouraging autonomy Recognizing excellence Enabling job crafting And of these, Zak discovered that our lowest trust scores occur in: Recognizing excellence Sharing information Let’s pause to digest […]

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24
Jan

My grandmother was a telephone operator for Ma Bell in Chicago. Answering phone calls was not her passion – she didn’t dream of becoming a telephone operator. But she did grow up wanting a job. And she brought her passion with her: She set the record for number of calls answered in one month, raising the required […]

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17
Jan

Character actor John C. Reilly shared his take on collaborating in an interview in The New York Times Magazine: “One of those truly magical things that human beings can do together is to create a third thing that wasn’t there before the two decided to cooperate. I became an actor because I love collaborating with […]

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