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Reboot Your Board “My biggest advice would be that you get the Board you deserve. Meaning, if you don’t work to make a great board, one that is diverse, with multiple independents, not full to the brim with investors, and has real leadership… Read More
What’s Love Got To Do With It? What’s love got to do, got to do with it What’s love but a second hand emotion What’s love got to do, got to do with it Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken I’ve been taking… Read More
Know You Are Not Alone A few months back, I sent a note to the participants at the launch of our first facilitated peer group. In the note I said that a core tenet of everything we do is the belief that sharing experiences with… Read More
Building Castles and Slaying Dragons “Why are you so obsessed with this good man thing?” she asks, her voice tinged with a mix of fear and frustration. Perhaps she’s tired of my loss. Perhaps she sees in me what I fail to see and, so,… Read More
Still Standing Still Years ago, I wrote that founding, running, and working in a startup can often feel as if you’re often feel as if you’re standing still while your hair’s on fire. I wrote that phrase offhandedly, as if it were merely… Read More
Finding Yourself in Unaccustomed Earth Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes… Read More
Being Fierce I’m amazed at how much fear is a part of my life.  Even more startling is how clearly I see that grip when the fear loosens its hold and I’m lighter, less-burdened. I’m also amazed at how well my unconscious… Read More
Up and to the Right I have a chai; he has a cappuccino. We sit outside, at the metal mesh patio tables, as the coffee house is about to close. “I can’t decide the path: Taoism or Zen. It’s all so confusing.” He’s in desperate… Read More
Connect. Think. Lead. Connect. Think. Do. I’d first gotten the call, an inquiry call for coaching, two weeks previous. In a follow-up conversation, one of the team, one the five co-founders of a hot  local startup, came to the phone with a simple… Read More