Rediscovering the Lost Art of Being a Great Mentor

Chris Hanks, far right, with students from the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center. “I can’t thank Chris enough for opening my eyes to becoming an entrepreneur,” the student said. Professor Chris Hanks, Kennesaw State University, had just asked students to come to the front of the room and share their story. He knew they were […]

Right Board Members Essential For Success

“This isn’t the way a board should operate!” exclaimed my fellow board member. “What’s the problem?” I asked. “A board of directors shouldn’t be discussing detailed operational topics like this. We should be reviewing proposed strategy and the associated budgets,” he said. You must have the best founding executive team and the best founding board. […]

So, Now What?

How to Think Intentionally About Your Stage in Life

As I reflect on the anniversary of each decade in my life, I only remember a couple of “stop and think” moments. When I hit thirty, I realized I was going to die one day. I thought it was a ridiculous thought until it was validated by Steve Jobs who had the same thought at […]

Why I Admire Kevin Compton

Dean Kaman is the famed inventor of the Segway. A terrific invention but a mediocre commercial success. I remember all the hype surrounding the Segway. It was on the news, the morning shows, late night shows and cable. Seemingly everywhere, it was designed to solve the problem of medium distance personal transportation. Why use a […]