How to Email Like a Boss

Here's the secret to getting the highest ROI from email: Write less. That's it. This is easier said than done. It takes hard work as demonstrated in this clip from the great movie, A River Runs Through It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZxZxgouPo You'll see the most influential…

In Defense of Being Prolific

This morning, I came across a songbook of the compositions of the Beatles over a two-year period in the 1960s. Flipping through the pages, I was surprised to see two things. First, they wrote tons of songs. Second, I was amazed at how many mediocre songs Lennon and McCartney actually…

Central Texas Winning the Amazon Sweepstakes

The Amazon HQ2 RFP announcement swept through the news in the past few weeks. https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=17044620011 Many pundits put the Texas cities well behind other candidates. This New York Times piece has Denver as a clear favorite: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/…

9/11

I think every generation has a couple of moments that really stick. For me, there are two: The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. I was 11. We watched it live in our classrooms. I still remember the CRT TV on that big, tall stand they'd wheel into the rooms.…

On Selecting a College

The optimal strategy for college selection is to choose the most selective school with the best brand name possible. I wish it weren't this way, but often the world doesn't work as we'd want it. Last week, I spoke to a friend pursuing an undergraduate degree. He complained about many…

College Isn't Going Anywhere.

Many have been predicting the disruption of college for several years now. It's not happening. They dream of new models and think they can displace colleges. These attempts miss much of what they actually do. It's more complicated than knowledge. Colleges do three things: Educate - learn things (including how…

How I Approach Business Books

Earlier this year, members of my CEO group strongly recommended I start reading more business books. I had been reading lots of blogs and news articles, but no serious "let's get better at business" books. Before this year, I'd approached business reading like I approach novels. I'd sit…

Balancing Learning and Executing

(Some kind folks on Twitter gave me some topics to blog about. This is one of them! Thanks, Jon Ambach!) How do you balance learning vs. executing?— Jon Ambach 🚀 (@JonAmbach) August 3, 2017 Jon and I agree that professionals are like sharks: If you're not growing, you're not living.…

Why I Blog on My Own Domain

When you blog on one of the other platforms like Medium, Facebook or LinkedIn, they own your distribution. The platform gets to decide how to use, who gets to see it and how to monetize it. In effect, who owns distribution owns the content. Posting to one of the big…