Five of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes

Originally published on Harvard Business Review’s blog. It’s a great disservice to everyone, especially young people, that the stories that we often hear about the most accomplished entrepreneurs sound so effortless. The truth is just the opposite, even for visionary creative success stories like those of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Howard Schultz, Wendy Kopp, and… continue reading »

The Little “Nudges” that Would Make Even Churchill Proud

Last week, thanks to Kieron Boyle, Head of Social Finance and Investment at the UK Cabinet Office, who I was introduced to by Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and special assistant to President Obama, I had the privilege of visiting 10 Downing Street with a group of BLK SHP… continue reading »

“Perfectionism and imperfection” (from goop; Gwenyth Paltrow’s blog)

From the Entrepreneur Peter Sims “Breaking free from perfectionism isn’t easy, largely because of how we’re raised and taught. We’re rewarded and loved by parents, teachers, and mentors for getting good grades, accomplishing athletic achievements, or getting into a great school or job. The problem with that approach to praise and reward is that it… continue reading »

Obama’s Second Chance: Fulfilling the Untapped Potential

Originally appeared on Forbes. This article is by Peter Sims, author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, coauthor with Bill George of True North, and founder of the BLKSHP. He must radically change the way he leads. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The first time that I believed Barack Obama wanted to be… continue reading »

Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post recognize ‘Little Bets’

Writing is editing, many days and hours of painstaking revision and sculpting.  So, it has been an honor and gratifying to learn that Little Bets has been recognized by a number of publications I respect for their best books of the year lists, including The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN Forum. The Wall… continue reading »

John Legend & Inventing the Future

Last weekend, I had the chance to connect with singer & songwriter John Legend before his concert with Sade at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.  I met John for the first time 3 or 4 years ago in Los Angeles before he was very well known through our good mutual friend Kweli Washington who has worked with… continue reading »

What are Little Bets?

Click here for an excerpt from “Little Bets.” What is a “little bet”? Little bets are a way to explore and develop new possibilities. Specifically, a little bet is a low-risk action taken to discover, develop, and test an idea. Chris Rock develops new comedy routines by making little bets with small audiences; Amazon’s CEO… continue reading »

Think Like Chris Rock: Little Bets

Chris Rock has become one of the most popular comedians in the world and, while there is no doubt he’s got great talent, his brilliance also comes from his approach to developing his ideas. The routines he rolls out on his global tours are the output of what he has learned from thousands of “little… continue reading »


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