When a premium is placed on know-it-alls

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 19, 2018

“Move fast and break things,” Mark Zuckerberg, 2005. That was the mantra of Facebook in the early days, and many entrepreneurs in their zeal to emulate the Zuck used that phrase to justify a culture that was more attuned to creating chaos and hoping for the . . . → Read More: When a premium is placed on know-it-alls

As Valentine’s Day approaches, a look at happiness and marriage

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 12, 2018

My daughter is getting married this June. Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air. And the question is — is that a good thing?

There is something called The Journal of Happiness Studies, which is devoted to a scientific understanding of subjective well-being. Recently . . . → Read More: As Valentine’s Day approaches, a look at happiness and marriage

Can science of happiness improve your business?

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 5, 2018

When people ask me “how are you doing?” my standard response is “I’m happy.” Now let’s be really clear here — I am not always happy. As a matter of fact, I am usually in a modified “Larry David” mode, but I say I’m happy. It . . . → Read More: Can science of happiness improve your business?

Which style of leader are you– an agitator, innovator or orchestrator?

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 29, 2018

“April is the cruelest month,” writes T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land,” but January is a close second. By the end of the month, we will have heard at a minimum, a State of the Union speech, a state of our city speech and several state . . . → Read More: Which style of leader are you– an agitator, innovator or orchestrator?

Instead of empty resolutions, how about resolving issues

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 22, 2017

We are well into the new year. Moguls are lurking on the mountain, and a funny thing happens to me on the ski lift to the top. A stranger says to me, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” While I gave up making resolutions years ago, . . . → Read More: Instead of empty resolutions, how about resolving issues

15th-century merchant’s take on social responsibility striking

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 15, 2018

The musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” ran on Broadway from October 1961 to March 1965 — a total of 1,417 performances. The truth is we are always trying (even when we say we aren’t really trying) so I decided to go back . . . → Read More: 15th-century merchant’s take on social responsibility striking

The latest “it” thing in Silicon Valley is — a chair

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 8, 2018

I’m baaack and it is 2018, and to paraphrase Bette Davis from one of my favorite movies “All About Eve,” “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Entrepreneurship has as one of its components the need to re-invent yourself or your product, to . . . → Read More: The latest “it” thing in Silicon Valley is — a chair

2017: Some of my winners– and losers

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 18, 2017

This is the last column for 2017, but to quote our former governor from his former life as the Terminator, “I’ll be back.”

In keeping with end-of-year columns, it is time to do the infamous scorecard — the box score on the stats — the wins . . . → Read More: 2017: Some of my winners– and losers

What equity means to your career and company

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 11, 2017

At our Thanksgiving dinner, my 3-year-old grandson exclaimed, “That’s not fair.” The subject at hand was the disbursements of both slices of pumpkin pie and little homemade cheesecakes. There were not enough of both to go around equally.

Ah — the magic word — equally. I . . . → Read More: What equity means to your career and company

Learning a trade has just as much merit as being a start-up entrepreneur

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 4, 2017

I play golf on Sundays with some charming Republicans. Last year, we haggled over the Clinton/Trump election with a vengeance, but now peace has returned. It is what it is, and even nicer, my buddies seem to be more willing than usual to concede me the . . . → Read More: Learning a trade has just as much merit as being a start-up entrepreneur