How Wisdom Seekers Bless Their Mentors

A 32-Year-Old’s Sage Advice

“I have some great mentors I meet with on an irregular basis,” he said. I was talking to Noah (not his real name), a very successful entrepreneur who is also a seeker of advice. He has collected an impressive group of experienced businessmen. When he began listing the names of these people, I was jealous. He […]

One Thing That Could Radically Impact Your Business Success

“Whose office is that?” I asked the secretary. “That is Don Thompson’s office,” she answered. “Who is Don Thompson?” I asked. Sterling Software, led by Sterling Williams, had just completed the unfriendly takeover of Informatics General Corporation. Sterling was a $20mm public company, and they completed a leveraged buy-out of a $140mm public software company. […]

3 Things a Clear Entrepreneurial Vision Accomplishes

“We are suffering from advisor whiplash,” Fred said. “What are you talking about?” I asked. “We are aiming to raise money for our startup. We’ve been fortunate to meet with lots of really qualified angels and advisors. The problem is everybody has an opinion on how much we should raise and on what terms. Net […]

How an Article in Fortune Changed My Life

On a business trip in 1986, I was flipping through Fortune magazine, and I came across an article about Ronald Perelman. Here’s how the article began. REVLON CHAIRMAN Ronald Owen Perelman has a penchant for contrasts: a tangy personal life and the practice of Judaism, fancy restaurants and junk food, earsplitting rock music aboard his […]

If You Ain’t Growing, You’re Dying

I was recently attending a Grace@Work Bible study in a conference room at the ATDC. Cortney, my friend and facilitator, asked this simple question, “What do you practice?” We had just read the third chapter of 1 John where John writes, “Do not make a practice of sinning.” Cortney asked this question to get us […]