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Follow up to “Thinking in groups”

Writing this reminds me that there really should be a function in TypePad that allows you to simply elevate a comment to a post  . . . Abhi responded to my post on Thinking in groups with the following comment, which was right on target: tohers), and thus assume that that the correct behavior was…

Thinking in groups

In one of my first posts (The Adventure Reference) I talked about what amounts to pattern recognition – the ability to interpret information and draw conclusions based on experience with similar sets of circumstances. I was thinking about how difficult this can be the other day and, importantly, how easy for groups (i.e., boards) to…

Make original mistakes

“Make original mistakes.”  Someone (Brad? Wendy? I can’t remember) said this in a board meeting about a month ago. I wrote it down on a piece of paper and have been carrying it around with me ever since. The concept is right on and meaningful no matter what you do. For me it is a reminder of two…

The days of yore

Credit to Brad for this one – I had completely forgotten about it when he sent it to me (I waited for him to blog it, but he’s been out of town so I thought I’d put it up). Remember the wayback machine? www.waybackmachine.org. It lets you search for old versions of web sites. Want…

Taking 100% responsibility one step further

Sandy Hamilton (one of the key execs at Newsgator) did a nice follow-up post to the note I wrote about taking 100% responsibility.  In it he talks about what that actually means  – how we present ourselves and the importance of taking responsibility not just for what you are saying, but also for what other…

Becoming a verb

You’re on the right track when your company becomes a verb.  Just add a “d” to your name and you’ve got an idea what I’m talking about.  Google is the best example of this – as in “Have you Googled that?” A couple of the companies I work with are on their way (at least…

Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!

I was reminded (again) today of the importance of clear, open and honest communication. There’s no substitute for it.  There seems to be a 1:10   rule about communication such that it takes about 10 times the amount of energy/effort to communicate something after the fact (i.e., after a communication break-down) than doing it up front. …

Moving right along

Fred Wilson had a great post recently on the problem of analysis paralysis. I completely agree. One of the challenges of business (and entrepreneurship) is that companies constantly have to make decisions based on incomplete information. That’s just part of the game. Successful entrepreneurs recognize that, take in as much information as makes sense, make…

Jarbarish

Fred Wilson has done a very amusing series of posts on VC Clichés (see the latest here) Terry Gold takes this to another level with what he has termed Jarbarish (a blend of jargon and gibberish).  Here he posts an absolutely hilarious bit that he used at a recent company meeting.  Thanks Terry for lightening…

The Last Days of Enron

The New York Times is running a series of articles on the last days of the Enron crisis (actually excerpts from Times writer Kurt Eichenwald’s forthcoming book on the subject).   It reads like a soap opera (by both design and because that’s really what this story amounts to).  The amazing take-away for me was just…