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Ignite! Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford

I just completed Stanford University’s Ignite certificate program on Entrepreneurship for Post 9-11 veterans. Thirty two of us veterans spent nearly 4 weeks together, intensely engaged in learning the theoretical and practical aspects of how to take an idea for a product or service, evaluate it, develop it, and then commercialize it to succeed as…

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Is the Navy SEAL Ethos still relevant?

The below essay discusses some of the processes and challenges that the SEAL community  continues to have with getting the most bang for its buck out of its very impressive document – The SEAL Ethos. I think that any organization creating an ethos, vision, mission, or purpose statement, can learn important lessons from what the Navy SEALs continue to do with their Ethos.   There is…

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Being Good or Living Well?

“What do you mean ‘OR?!’”   This was the response I got when I mentioned the title of this essay to a friend of mine.    My response:  When you are old and nearing the end of your days, would you prefer to look back on your life and say: “I was good –I followed all the…

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On Hardship and Suffering

Though our natural inclination is to avoid hardship and suffering, we know that most things of enduring value demand at least some hardship and suffering to achieve them. We know we must learn to struggle, suffer, and overcome hardship, if we are to forge the character necessary to succeed when faced with important challenges in life.…

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Leading from Behind

Leading from behind? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like organized chaos, or a genuine fake? “Leading from behind” normally connotes a leader reacting to and being led by events rather than getting out in front of problems, setting objectives, and inspiring his/her organization to achieve great things. I will make the case however, that the best…