Tag: Stanford University

RIP for Back to School? Business Seldom Stops

School Bell

The parent’s “Welcome Coffee” at my son’s grade school on the¬†first day-of-school¬†was nicely done, complete with homemade pastries and breakfast items, and greetings from the Head of School and other luminaries. A chance to catch up with friends and acquaintances, and a marker (e.g. think the literal ringing of a school bell) to start the […]

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[Life Back West] October 2011 – “The Gleaning”

Star Route Farms Gleaning

Models – as in people who do the things you want to do or be rather than slinky young men and women walking down a fashion runway – are the pathways from our dreams to our realities. It’s seeing somebody you know do something – and even people you don’t know but imagine you could […]

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Talent Wars: The “A” Player Hoax

The cover of The Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. ...

We love easy solutions: take a pill and lose weight; go to the right schools and become a zillionaire; hire the right “A” player new talent while clearing out the “C” deadwood and make your business a great success. But life (mostly) is not that way. As Ronald Reagan said, “It’s simple, but not simplistic.” […]

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[Jerry Rice] The (Simple) Secret to Your Success

There is a secret to your success. It’s on page 9 of the Sunday, February 9, 2010 print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle’s article about American professional football player Jerry Rice. It’s the same secret that Malcolm Gladwell covered in Outliers, when he reported on the work of K. Anders Ericsson. It’s the same […]

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