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Why Men Say “Yes” and Women Say “Not Yet”

Why Men Say “Yes” and Women Say “Not Yet”

In my capacity as the Chief Cultural Officer of a fast-growing IT company, I interviewed most of the candidates before they were offered a job. As we grew from 300 to 1800 people over the course of eight years, it must have been at least one thousand interviews, maybe...
Kick-off, Culture and Norwegian Drinking Songs

Kick-off, Culture and Norwegian Drinking Songs

I love New Year, New Beginnings, Fresh Starts. I love Kick-offs, at least the concept of them. Bringing people together to celebrate the year gone by and envision, plan and energize for the year ahead. Regretfully, many kick-offs are not about these things at all....
The Cost of an Alpha-Leader

The Cost of an Alpha-Leader

The world is full alpha-leaders. These are men and women who get to the top because they are ambitious at the cost of all else. They tend to excel at company politics, are ultra-competitive, and never seem to notice or care about the collateral damage left in their...
The Unicorn Mystique

The Unicorn Mystique

Large, multi-national, corporations have long enjoyed a monolithic presence on Wall Street. Their quarterly earnings cadence was the central driver to the stock market and our economy.  Government policies, corporate law, and investment banking all organized...
The Emotional Journey of Creating Something Great

The Emotional Journey of Creating Something Great

After the first bottle of wine we got the idea. After the second, we were nearly jumping out of our skins with excitement. On the third, not only had we agreed that this was The Best Idea Ever, we had even sketched the entire plan on the paper cloth of the restaurant...

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