Can Education Hurt Entrepreneurship?

Talking with some startup owners in Singapore recently, one question that came up was the impact formal education has on entrepreneurship. The concern that emerged was that the skills learned in a university might not be especially helpful for entrepreneurs, while the rules of the classroom — strict deadlines, a specific format for papers, that […]

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Knowing When to Lead

Sunday morning a friend and I went for breakfast at a somewhat high-end western chain restaurant in Bangkok. I had always found the food and the service to be very good, and wanted my friend to see what I had been talking about. Unfortunately, the experience left a lot to be desired, and much of […]

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Good Leadership Doesn’t Cost Money

About 20 years ago, when I was teaching at the Air Force Academy, I walked into my office one January morning to find an envelope on my desk. Inside was a birthday card, which was not too unusual since it was my birthday. What WAS unusual was that it was from the brigadier general under […]

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Do the Right Thing When No One is Watching

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, we took the concept of honor pretty seriously. Later, as a professor at the US Air Force Academy, we also thought honor was pretty important, and discussed the concept a lot with cadets before they went off to be Air Force lieutenants. One of the […]

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New Book: Cross the Lines

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I am very happy to announce that my new book, Cross the Lines: A Journey to Complete The Marathon Grand Slam, is now available. In 2008 I knew I wanted to get into better shape, but I also knew I was likely to get bored and quit. A friend suggested I sign up for a […]

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“Idiots” is Often Too Strong of a Word

“Why, why, WHY would they do that????” How many times have you asked that question? How many times have you yelled it? When one of your employees does or suggests something that seems completely irrational, or when they refuse to accept what you know to be a perfectly logical idea, you might wonder why they […]

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Recruiting Motivated Recruits

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If you are looking for people who are persistent, ambitious, and willing to try new things, you cannot always find that simply by looking at their CV. Consider looking at what they do outside of work, and see how that fits the image of the person you want working for you. I recently had a […]

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Bondage

When you provide your employees with professional development opportunities, you want to try to hold onto them afterwards, rather than having them run off to your competitors with skills and training for which you have paid. This makes sense. But try not to overdo it. When I was in the military, they paid for all […]

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Meetings Can Be Good (Or At Least, Not Bad)

We’ve written here a few times before about the costs of unnecessary meetings, some ways to avoid them, and ideas for making the meetings that you DO need more productive. A few years ago I stumbled across a very useful article that suggests some ways to increase the effectiveness of your meetings when you have […]

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Link Employee Objectives to the Mission

You want to get the most out of your employees, and they want to develop their skills while doing something meaningful. If you think about it, those are pretty complementary ambitions, so you should find a tool that satisfies them both. Setting objectives for your employees that are tied to your organization’s mission helps them […]

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