Big Muse

“Are you afraid of your dreams?” So begins Peter Himmelman’s book Let Me Out. He’s not talking about your nightmares. He’s referring to all the good things you dream about; your hopes and aspirations. The dreams and ideas that bring a smile to your face when you picture yourself...

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You Are The Problem

“I need help.” While taking my regular 4 or 5 mile walk the other day, I found myself contemplating the reasons people who own and/or lead companies reach out to me for help. I thought about recent new clients as well as those who just wanted an hour or two...

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Be Wonderful, For Real

“We are an original, creative, and innovative company always striving to bring you the best work you ever imagined.” Sound familiar? That’s because companies are always trying to convince you how wonderful they are. That is, companies that are trying to sell you something. “Original”, “Creative”, “the Best”. Sounds great....

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“Always Do The Right Thing” Nick Hanauer

The following is an excerpt from a thought-provoking talk that Nick Hanauer delivered September 30 upon receiving the Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year Award. The talk is entitled How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus'. Hanauer founded Civic Ventures, co-founded venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners, and...

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Melting Pot Leadership

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” Malcolm Forbes A recent study by McKinsey & Co. found companies with leadership teams in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to deliver above average profitability than those in the bottom quartile. It seems the simple act of creating...

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Swirling Contemplation

“Virgil lay in bed in the dark…in contemplation. He’s never formulated exactly what he thought about contemplation except that it was superficially like meditation. You found a quiet place—a bed would do—and worked with your brain. Instead of trying to empty your brain, as you did with meditation, you...

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Oh No! A Screwup!

“Aaaarrrggggghhhhh!” That was my first word after I received the email delivering my September 25 Benari Blog “The Dots Are Irrelevant.” Those of you who receive the missive through the email distribution list know what I’m talking about. The formatting was completely gone, and a collection of old missives rolled...

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The Dots Are Irrelevant

I’m on the board of an exciting early-stage technology company. We’ve gotten to the point where we have some happy customers using our service daily and a waiting list of others eager to join them as we ramp up.  Very exciting. Today we had a board meeting to do some...

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