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 »

“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 »

Fuse Corps becomes a BIG bet, thanks to many Black Sheep

I’m very proud to be a part of the Fuse Corps team, a social venture that places some of America’s most talented entrepreneurial leaders in the trenches with a mayor, governor, or dynamic social entrepreneur to discover new approaches to sticky problems.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, for example, needed Erika Dimmler, a CNN producer who… 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 »

What Google Could Learn from Pixar

Google has reached a pivotal moment in its history. What can it do to expand beyond its incredible core business, which is now reaching a more mature phase? For insight on how it can develop, let’s look to Pixar. Pixar is as close to a constant learning organization as there is, with a proven ability… continue reading »


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