Sticky Notes of Thoughts

…because some thoughts are worth remembering

On Setting Intentions: An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

When I was growing up in Japan, where many of its most significant celebrations occur around the end of the year and the start of the new year, we had … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

On Games: Uncovered Introductions

We get asked to introduce ourselves all the time. We tend to fall into the standard of: Name Title Association (company, school, organization) and if you are out of town, … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

On Anti-goals (or non-goals)

We are obsessed with goals. Whether it’s identifying your personal True North or setting a corporate big hairy audacious goal, there are books written about it. There are techniques to … Continue reading

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

On Minimum Viable Instructions

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a popular concept in lean startup methodologies where one creates a mockup of the full finished product one envisions with the minimum viable features for … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Links for Startups & Entrepreneurs

With the advent of the Internet, it is no longer the case that we are missing out on information. We now have the opposite problem of having massive amounts of … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Personality Tests & Assessments

One of the challenges a new leader finds going into an organization is that s/he has to assess the new environment quickly. Some leaders have an intuitive sense for other … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Common Problems in a Discipline, a Chekhov’s Gun, and “The Two Things”

I remember being so impressed when a conductor friend of mine (the musical, not the vehicular variety) could tell which parts of a concert I had issues with when he … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Innovation and Being Innovative: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 Silicon Valley

When I moved to Silicon Valley, I attended many meetups and networking events for entrepreneurs. The experience quickly shattered the ideological impression I had of Silicon Valley. It came as … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Hiring: Reference Checks

Reference checks can be insightful when making a hiring decision but this step is sometimes overlooked. Here are my notes for when I trained first time managers on hiring. To … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Quick Performance Notes

Confrontation is hard. All too often, managers don’t take the time to provide quick feedback because of it. It may be easier to batch them up for an annual performance review, … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment
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