Tag Archives: HBR

What business are you in? Or how not to be a railroad man

In his 1960 essay, “Marketing Myopia,” Harvard Business School professor Theodore Levitt famously asked readers to consider what business they were really in. He argued that the railroads lost their market share (and nearly disappeared) because they incorrectly thought they … Continue reading

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On judging people and being a better conversationalist

Judging people is a difficult, but necessary part of running a business, managing a team or being a volunteer leader. It’s especially crucial if you are an independent consultant since you are often entrusting your future in partners, vendors and … Continue reading

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Why is delegating so hard? Let me count the ways

I am not the best at delegating. And judging by the volume of “how-to” articles on this subject in journals like HBR, I’m not alone. Many executives and leaders fall down when it comes to delegating—and ultimately it can harm … Continue reading

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4 fears you need to eliminate to become more creative

In my last post, I wrote about the power of prototyping, something that the international design firm IDEO has used quite effectively to help companies become more innovative. In this post, I want to discuss some ideas that IDEO’s Tom … Continue reading

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Maybe success is ‘living meaningfully well’

When I embarked on the Wayward Journey last September, I dreamily contemplated a sabbatical of self-examination, writing and study, coupled with starting my own business. I looked at my time in much the same way, I suppose, a college professor … Continue reading

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Emotional intelligence, or confessions of a male model

I’ve spent more time than I care to admit poring over stock photos on websites like bigstock.com, looking for images I can use for my JMC website. You can purchase photos for web use for about $3 a piece, which … Continue reading

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