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1001, 2017

Forbes | Travel Alone- You’ll Be Surprised At What You Discover

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

I used to be surprised when I reached out to someone after a contact hiatus of a year or two and discovered they were off on an entirely new adventure. No longer—it happens too often and happened again recently with Paula Froelich.

When last we communicated, she was Yahoo Travel’s Editor-At-Large. She had a wonderful series […]

201, 2017

Forbes | To Get Ahead, Figure Out Your Boss’ Biggest Challenge, And Solve It

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

Liz Wiseman delivering a keynote speech.

After the publication of the bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and the launch of leadership research and development firm, The Wiseman Group, of which she is President, Liz Wiseman popped onto the scene as a leading management thinker, writer, speaker and trainer. She followed with […]

3012, 2016

Linkedin | Even For the Really Successful, the Price of Success is Perseverance

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

The late Steve Jobs is famous for many things, large and small, including this statement: “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

My guest for episode eight of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, Bernie Swain, exemplifies this as well as anyone I’ve ever met. Bernie is […]

3012, 2016

Forbes | Wondering What To Do With Your Law Degree, Consider Cybersecurity

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Courtesy Shelley Westman

Your career may not turn out as you imagined. But what you learn in the process can springboard you to new opportunities.

Just ask Shelley Westman.

As a girl, her cousin would tell stories about his legal clients. She decided to become a lawyer. The fact that he was quite wealthy didn’t hurt either.

She loved law […]

2912, 2016

Bernie Swain–Sometimes You Can’t Justify The Risk, But You Do It Anyway

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

Bernie Swain, Chairman and Founder of Washington Speakers Bureau, is my guest on episode 8 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

He is a little older than my previous guests. Retirement age, in fact. He has weathered the ups and downs of a long career. Now old enough to offer real insight.

Bernie launched his career before shelves […]

2812, 2016

Isha Johansen–How A Philanthropic Project Became A Premier Soccer Team

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

Isha Johansen, hero of the Disrupt Yourself podcast’s fourth episode, knows well the power of constraints. She’s a native of Sierra Leone. After a civil war that shattered her country, she wanted to get boys back to school. She started a philanthropic project. If the boys would go to school, she would give them soccer […]

2712, 2016

Coss Marte–From Prison Inmate to Legitimate Entrepreneur

December 27th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Coss Marte is the founder of ConBody, a gym headquartered in New York City. ConBody is located on the same New York street corner where he once ran a drug business.

While he was in prison, he lost 70 lbs. through exercise. Soon he was teaching other inmates how to get into shape. As a legal entrepreneur, […]

2612, 2016

Brian Moran–An Entrepreneur With the Gift of Learning From Failure

December 26th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

Brian Moran is a business consultant who has the gift of learning from failure.

Here’s one of the most interesting insights from our conversation–Brian has learned the ‘right’ way to fire someone. Why? Because of his personal experience with being fired in a really bad way. “Whenever I’ve had to let people go, I’ve always explained to […]

2312, 2016

Raju Narisetti–Don’t You Kind Of Wish He Were Your Boss?

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

Raju Narisetti immigrated from India as a young man. He had little more than the clothes on his back. He subsequently rose to become the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, Head of the Digital Network at the Wall Street Journal. When I interviewed him, he was Senior VP at News Corp. Narisetti has since become […]

2012, 2016

How to Disrupt Yourself — 5 Lessons from People Who’ve Done It Themselves

December 20th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

I recently launched the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, a companion effort to my book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

In the podcast, I have conversations with fascinating people—some famous, some not—who all have in common that they are disrupting the status quo of a business or industry via the disruption of their […]