Firms need rebels who challenge the status quo

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 20, 2017

Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”

Johnny: (Marlon Brando in the movie, “The Wild One”) “Whadda you got.”

In a previous column I noodled about EQ — emotional quotient and its importance in getting ahead in a company. Today, let’s look at rebellion straight up. . . . → Read More: Firms need rebels who challenge the status quo

Don’t ignore your gut instincts, but follow wisely

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 13, 2017

It is no secret that I am not a fan of The Donald, but in the area of early stage angel investing, there is some data to support his theory about listening to your gut. I recently read “Managing the Unknowable: The Effectiveness of Early Stage . . . → Read More: Don’t ignore your gut instincts, but follow wisely

OY! To The World

The Origins Of OY!

The word OY! (with the exclamation point) was first uttered by the shepherd, Oscar, in the year 1509 B.C.E. He had come down to the field to check on the sheep, and to his miserable surprise, he found that several of the sheep had been slaughtered by a mountain lion. . . . → Read More: OY! To The World

Emotional Quotient is key to career development

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 6, 2017

“What can I tell you — the guy just seems a little ‘off,’ not really clueless, but sometimes the dude just seems to have two left feet.”

I will wager that conversation has occurred more than once in your business interactions. The factor that you are . . . → Read More: Emotional Quotient is key to career development

Fitting together the pieces of making a good deal

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 30, 2017

When is “no” no?

Let’s meet BATNA — the Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement. We folks here in San Diego have just lived through a mutual BATNA with us and the Chargers.

Harvard Business School Professor Jim Sibenius has some thoughts on the subject. According . . . → Read More: Fitting together the pieces of making a good deal

Lying, whatever word you use is bad for business

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 23, 2017

Clinton becomes 45th president.

That is what is known as fake news. It might also be wishful thinking by some, but let’s get real, it is simply a lie. Disregard for facts can be dangerous. For example, the Comet Ping Pong pizza parlor shooting was based . . . → Read More: Lying, whatever word you use is bad for business

The human mind gets it wrong much of the time

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 16, 2017

As the San Diego Chargers and Hillary Clinton know all too well, there are no do-overs. I am ready to acknowledge and even embrace the new administration (four days from now), but with my bride, Barbara Bry, deep into her own new political job at the . . . → Read More: The human mind gets it wrong much of the time

Why are Americans so anxious?

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 9, 2017

December 31, 2016, midnight – after one glass of very old scotch.

Tis the season to be jolly is gone. Thank goodness. The lingering questions that always comes up at this time of year are: What the hell is happiness? Do I have it? If do . . . → Read More: Why are Americans so anxious?

“Twas quite a year for tech, innovation and passion

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 19, 2016

This is the last column for 2016. What a year! All I can say is OY! to the world.

But rather than recount the real and imagined sins of the last 365 days, I thought I would try my hand at some poetry, with appropriate respects . . . → Read More: “Twas quite a year for tech, innovation and passion

Are entrepreneurs always aligned with small business?

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 12, 2016

My dad had numerous sayings, and here is one of my favorites. “Follow your own star.” He was a radiologist in St. Louis. He wore his lead vest until two weeks before he died.

In the hospital, he was offered an operation that might have worked, . . . → Read More: Are entrepreneurs always aligned with small business?