My First Four Months Bootstrapping Beanie & Blazer

The lessons I’ve learned as a first-time entrepreneur I’m writing this post less than a week away from my first product launch as a founder. Next Monday marks the biggest milestone of my career; after four months of curriculum development, marketing experiments, recruiting, and selling, our team is finally bringing our inaugural curriculum, the Mindset […]

Discipline

Understanding what makes a person disciplined Discipline is a cycle with triggers and feedback loops. It gets stronger or weaker over time, depending on how you leverage it. It looks different for everyone, depending on their values and goals, but it’s nevertheless a crucial part of building confidence and high-performance.  Every morning when I wake […]

Curiosity

Growth via Inquiry Curiosity is the lifeblood of lifelong learners. It encourages people to seek novelty and adds richness to seemingly simple things. Inquisitive people solve complex problems, connect with interesting people, and accumulate knowledge in many different areas. They think deeply and share their insights with other curious people to further deepen their understanding. […]

Communication

The foundational 5 C’s of interpersonal connection. Gifted communicators have a leg up in the professional world. Their beliefs and opinions resound, while their more subtle counterparts never get the attention of organizational influencers. For some, it’s intuitive and comes naturally, while others struggle to find the right words to say or how to say […]

Coachability

Learning to request, receive, and implement critical feedback. Self-reflection and a desire for feedback are core attributes of a coachable person. Coachability is a person’s ability to seek, understand, and integrate feedback to improve their performance. To seek feedback is to proactively ask for it from a credible person (like a coach or manager). To […]

The Art of the Feedback Loop

Proactive communication as a growth engine Immediate feedback is a primary vehicle for learning. Remember learning about the Skinner Box in school? Operant conditioning, popularized by BF Skinner, is “a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior.”  The rat is trained to press a lever to receive positive reinforcement (food) and […]

Ubuntu

The make-up and benefits of a tribe.