Category Archives: Leaping

Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 2 of 2)

Previously on Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing… I’m going out to seek my fortune!  That’s what Nikolas told his parents as he left the relative safety and conformity of his carefully selected college preparatory school.  His parents were shocked … Continue reading

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Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 1 of 2)

“Break year, you must be kidding, Nikolas, tell me you are kidding!” “Mom, no, I’m not kidding, I want to take a break year, lots of kids….” “Not until you finish twelfth grade, and not until you finish your university … Continue reading

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Inflection Point

A meeting room, forty people in attendance: “Good Morning… um.  I want to… um let me see here, oh, yes, I just want to say how delighted I… um am to be here today.” Long silence…. @Audience1 tweets:  “Really? I … Continue reading

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The Budget

or If I Say It Three Times It Is True or If You Don’t Believe It… You Are Gone. He and I sit in executive black leather easy chairs on opposite sides of an amber black coffee table.  I squirm … Continue reading

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The Cat, The Fence, and Beyond

There is a scene I keep replaying in my head. I see it on an 18” antiquated television. Queue excited orchestral rising-fast-paced music. See the black and white picture of a cartoon cat running like crazy across the screen, sweat … Continue reading

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Messages from a Friend

Last week I put my iPhone, my iPad, my Mac Book Air into a white plastic screening bin at the airport.  There we go, I thought, three thousand dollars of stuff!  Then, an even more sobering idea smacked me on … Continue reading

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Scalability… is that a real word?

She had a great idea, and unlike so many dreamers, she knew how to make the idea work and acted.  Designer fabrics, specially developed, specially packaged, colorful, a catchy Marimekko with a lighter touch.   It made sense.  She’d studied design, … Continue reading

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Keep your Eye on the Ball

I was on a mini speaking tour last week.  I do this three or four times a year – go out and speak to groups of CEOs.  It helps me stay in touch with the world outside of my coaching … Continue reading

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Matryoshkas

“You promised.  You told me that if we talked, I would learn the secret to business.  Well, we’ve been talking for a long, long time!  A hell of a long time!  So tell me now, because, as you know, I’m … Continue reading

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The Boat

I once worked with a young CEO- we’ll call him Sam.  When we first met, he was in graduate school at MIT studying business after having studied physics after having studied engineering.  As an underaged high school wiz, he blew … Continue reading

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