Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Employees

When you think of the perfect hire, you don’t often think of an entrepreneur. It seems counterintuitive to add an entrepreneur to your staff since an entrepreneur by definition is someone who typically works outside of the traditional workplace domain. However, some...

Cultivating Leadership

I’ve worked with a whole lot of different financial firms in my years, including Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and Alex Brown.  Yet when I started Ascendant Capital, it wasn’t like anything I had done at that point.  I had taken leadership positions before, but starting...

Habits Killing Innovation

When a company gets bigger, they develop excellent execution habits that manage and improve successful business models and value propositions.  However, it’s important to not let these habits get in the way of innovation.  Think of Kodak: Kodak dominated the camera...

Talking to the Customer

Without the customer, there is no business.  That’s why it’s important to not let them be forgotten.  One of the best ways to keep the customer involved in a positive manner is to facilitate customer communication.  Here are three things you need to tell every...

Top Productivity Killers

Between meetings, interruptions and water cooler talk, it can often be tough to focus when you’re in the office.  Many employees have said that they get more done when working out of the office.  Most employees want to be productive at work, but all sorts distractions...

Big Data and Decision Making

Organizations have been struggling more and more to straddle two polarizing operating principles.  While they want greater agility, they also want to include all the right stakeholders in their processes.  This transcends the traditional...

Making Yourself More Likable

We all want to be liked; likable people have more friends, are more respected and close more deals.  You can’t force or trick somebody into liking you, but there are ways to show people what’s likable about you.  These aren’t meant to be tricks, but rather honest ways...

How Wearables Will Revolutionize the Workplace

There’s been plenty of talk about how wearables will continue to enhance our lives.  From steps and calories, sleep and diet, the influence of wearables is being felt in our personal lives.  Yet what about the business opportunity and benefits that they offer to us...

Business Lessons From the Romans

Over the course of history, various empires have risen and fallen: the British, the Mongols, the Germans, just to name a few.  But few have had as lasting an impact as the Romans.  In an era when everybody else was trying to dominate the world (or at least stay...