Start Small to Build for Humans and Ecosystems

Earlier this month, I shared an idea about value creation. The idea is that, for many of us, we’ve mainly been focused on creating two types of value: Utility Value – Just by providing a product or service customers deem worthy to use, you have created utility value. People are willing to spend the time […]

The Human and Ecosystem Value of Your Product

Every generation has an opportunity. Today’s generation, with the help of previous generations, has helped redeemed the view of the for-profit company. We see the benefit in its existence and the value it provides to the world. Yet, just because you oversee or work at a for-profit company doesn’t mean that you’re automatically providing the […]

Begin with Vision and Goals Will Follow

A hammer is just a hammer. Without a vision for the home you want to build, you will just have a hammer and a bunch of raw materials. It’s your vision for the hammer that determines what it will ultimately be used for. Our businesses are the same. A business is made up of people, […]

The External Empowered Vision

Vision.  It captures our imagination, fills us with a sense of wonder, and gives language to what we see the world becoming.   And, when you think about the people who have vision, Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos may come to mind — people who seem to be building products ahead of their time. Or you […]

It’s 2020—Bring on the Problems

Closing out last year (and the last decade), a lot of us probably spent at least some time planning out what we want 2020 to look like. And, for the most part, it’s pretty easy to be excited about a clean slate. There’s a lot of energy behind it. But, there’s also a lot of fear around the problems that will inevitably come our way. Here’s how I’m working to shift my typical anxiety around those inevitable problems.

Using Data Over Emotions: Finding the Truer Story

When we’re exhausted, it can lead us to act in ways that are out of alignment with both our individual goals, and our more collective company goals. So, instead of being swayed by every wind that comes my way, here’s how I’ve been using data to tell me the more accurate story.

Our Obsessive Fear of Failure

One of my favorite theologians is a man named N.T. Wright. He writes a lot on the “afterlife” and what may happen when we die. At the beginning of one of his books, he makes a point about how our view of the afterlife affects how we live today. In other words, what we believe […]

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How I Use Gratitude To Reset My Day

Lately, I’ve been stuck in my head. It’s been a busy time for me both professionally and personally. We’re on-boarding a bunch of new people to the GAN team. We’re in the midst of our first global Momentum Tour. And I’m about to be out of the office because my family and I are going […]

It’s Very Rarely About You

When something hard happens or someone says something we perceive as negative, it’s so easy to take it personally. But, especially when running a company, it’s important to put the needs of your company above your own ego. Here’s how I’ve worked to stay curious when someone says or does something that triggers my “It’s All About Me” response.

Being a Victim Won’t Make You a Good Boss

Over the weekend, someone on our staff sent me a text about a payroll issue. Everyone on our team gets paid at the end of the month and a paycheck should have hit this person’s account the previous Friday, but it never happened. But, when I got the text, something happened for me that tends to happen a lot. I felt sorry for myself and frustrated at everyone else. Here’s why.