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 →

Strong leadership and management are more important than ever in today’s fast-paced business environment. A quick scan of the news reveals what seems like a never-ending stream of stories where leaders and managers are failing. Though some argue there is a distinct difference between the terms ‘leadership’ and ‘management’, the outcome they aim for is the same. Famed management scholar Peter Drucker was known to view the term “management” negatively, stating “[o]ne does not manage people…the task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.” Taking Drucker’s idea into account, I make no clearRead More →