This article analyzes one of the most important components to building unity and accountability in teams– group hardship.   I have refined my understanding of this principle over my years as a college football player, and have noticed it as a common theme among the most successful organizations in my years analyzing businesses as a management consultant. Anybody who has been a college athlete knows it is a grind. Classes, practices, weightlifting sessions, film, study hall, and games fill up a calendar quickly. There are times when so many things are going on, it is hard to stay motivated. In my experience the most successfulRead More →

Jeff Bezos Speaking at Amazon, Source: Quartz 2014

“Jeff Bezos is a different species” – Charlie Munger When legendary investor and thinker Charlie Munger speaks, we should listen. There is much to be learned from Amazon CEO and serial entrepreneur, Jeff Bezos. When he founded Amazon, it was solely to sell books. Though he was an avid reader, selling books was never the ultimate mission for Amazon. Bezos left a high paying investment banking job in New York City with one main aim, to get involved with the Internet. At the time this was a risky bet. Over the years Amazon has become one of the world’s most influential companies. The strategic framework thatRead More →

I am fascinated by Mark Cuban. I recently read a book including a collection of his blog posts and writings called, “How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It.” The book describes Cuban’s story of rising from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most famous businessman in the world. Cuban touches on many important concepts in the book, below are a handful that I found to be most useful. On Self Improvement Getting paid to learn: Cuban considered every job as an educational experience. He viewed his early positions as better than college. Rather thanRead More →

As I flipped through Fast Company’s February Issue, I was struck by a quote I stumbled upon three-quarters of the way through the magazine: “pressure is a privilege.” The phrase appeared during a group interview that included perspectives from the likes of tennis super star Serena Williams and Nike CEO Mark Parker. In the midst of the conversation, Williams said: “It’s a privilege to be in that situation where you actually have pressure on your shoulders, as opposed to not having that pressure.” This got me thinking. Pressure is polarizing. Many people don’t like it. They are afraid of it. In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin explains that fearlessRead More →