28 things I’d do differently next time around I love reading blogs by founders who try to give back and share what they’ve learned building their companies, so today I’ll try and do the same. When I look back over the last 15 years building 4 different companies (most recently Bigcommerce), here are some things I’d do different if I was to start another company, as well as a few things I wouldn’t change. If you’re just getting started, keep in mind that it’s at least a 7–10 year journey, so when the going gets tough I found it can be useful to get some perspective from other founders who have gone down the same path. Stay focused, be positive and know that even when you “get big” it’s still a roller coaster of ups, downs, highs, lows, fun and fu*ks.
Serious Play The Method The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject. Each participant builds his or her own 3D LEGO® model in response to the facilitator's questions using specially selected LEGO® elements. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making. The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a technique which improves group problem solving. By utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills, the Method requires participants to learn and listen, and it provides all participants with a voice. The Method serves as a shared language regardless of culture or position.
Quarterly 2016 Number 2: Overview and full issue This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, examines the economic dynamics of digital disruption, Pixar’s approach to continuous innovation, the future of performance management, and China’s e-commerce landscape. Download the full issue of McKinsey Quarterly 2016 Number 2 (PDF–4.2MB). Digital disruption is hitting every industry at varying speeds and intensity. Executives know this, and they also recognize that time is of the essence for incumbents seeking to transform digital from a threat into an opportunity. That urgency, though, sometimes gives rise to haphazard responses, such as the one described by McKinsey director Angus Dawson in a recent McKinsey Podcast: The top 50 modern foreign language thrillers As a genre, the thriller truly is a broad church. The definition of thriller is 1) a book, film, play, etc, depicting crime, mystery, or espionage in an atmosphere of excitement and suspense, and 2) a person or thing that thrills. Most associated with Hollywood in both its heyday and modern times, the thriller is a film which transcends boundaries and cultures. Below is my pick of the finest 50 modern foreign language thrillers - modern being since 2000 in this case. I’ve avoided films that are firmly in one genre, but still classed as thrillers, most obviously with horrors, but it’s a tough one.
30 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make — Alli Worthington Whether it is developing a customer persona, learning to craft and use a messaging strategy, or discovering how individuals absorb content online. Foundational tasks cannot be skipped. 2. They expect fast results for minimal effort. Everything I've learned over the last 7 months building my new startup — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking One of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time was from Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but it went something like this: “Don’t ask me for startup advice.
Edward D. Hess Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence Hess is a top authority on high-performance businesses, with a focus on organic growth and innovation strategies, systems and processes, and servant leadership. His current research examines how to use the science of learning to create a leading-edge learning organization. Hess’ books include The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes, co-authored by Darden Professor Jeanne Liedtka, and Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses.
Improving the semiconductor industry through advanced analytics New techniques can help companies make better decisions by using accurate, reliable, and scientific information to analyze risk, optimize processes, and predict failure. When used effectively, advanced analytics can not only significantly improve operations and margins but also spur growth. Yet many companies, including several semiconductor players, have been slow to embrace these techniques. According to the International Data Corporation, the global pool of data is more than 2.8 zettabytes and growing, but companies generally use only about 0.5 percent of that ocean of information to make decisions. Businesses—usually consumer-facing ones—that do collect and analyze a broad range of data achieve many benefits. Banks, insurers, and retailers, for example, have used insights from advanced analytics to build sustained competitive advantages, including stronger customer relationships and greater operational efficiency.