“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat.” -Sheryl Sandberg Picking a rocket ship isn’t as easy as the quote would make it seem. Sure, if a company raises a boatload of capital, it is at...
According to a recent poll by the Society for Human Resource Management, about a third of workers reported that they are or have been in a relationship with a coworker. The number is not surprising when you think about...
There are startup mantras like “Move fast and break things” that reverberate in founders' heads. Speed is essential for startups, and founders need to be decisive, but founders who find themselves overly impulsive will do more harm than good. Patience...
One of the hard things for business people dealing with legal issues is that there seems to be so much uncertainty. Correction – there usually is uncertainty.   That’s tough for clients. So many are used to feeling mastery over their professional affairs,...
I like survival shows. The minimalism and realism speak to me. The experiences of the survivalists also remind me of entrepreneurship. Survivalists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common... 1. Constraints: Survivalists and entrepreneurs deal with finite resources, especially initially. Each...
Ohio employers utilize non-compete agreements to keep their highly sought after employees from walking out the door to a competitor. While non-compete agreements are enforced by Ohio courts, they are heavily scrutinized based upon the underlying facts in each case. The...

The Experience Trap

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Although experience is often an asset, when it comes to creating new products, it can be a trap. I was meeting with some members of the innovation team at a large insurance company as we were working on how they...
In some ways, you don’t want to be the guy who says, “I’ve been doing this a long time.” Often it comes across as a bit condescending, as though the fact that the speaker has been doing it longer...