Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Do you give back? No, I don’t mean that charitable contribution that you dished out because your CPA said you needed a tax break. I mean true giving.
I’m just back from Disney World with the family. And, frankly, I’m not a great vacationer.
As a certified workaholic, I love what I do and have a hard time tearing myself away. That said, I know that downtime is important every now and then for my own mental well-being and, more importantly, for my family. I need to spend dedicated, undivided attention with them.
I dread the beginning of Advent. Dread might not be a strong enough word. Hate? Perhaps.
It’s my wife’s favorite weekend of the year. Like clockwork, she wants to put up the Christmas decorations.
That’s the part I dread. But this year, I was determined to make the most of it. I was going to will myself to have a positive attitude.
I’ve been fortunate to learn about running effective meetings from seasoned and experienced executives.
My board’s chair has run three public companies and three venture-backed companies. My audit committee chair was the CFO of one of the most successful IPOs of the 2000 tech bubble. Another board member has built and sold numerous businesses and sat on numerous boards (both public and private) over the the past five decades. My newest board member is a partner of our private equity firm and is continuously working with CEOs at a board level.
While each of my board members has a bit of a different perspective, all of them have taught me a great deal about running an effective board meeting. Here’s are the techniques I’ve learned.
We have a major problem in America. Our political system has become so poisonous that it is impossible for us to make decisions and move forward.
We need to learn the difference between negotiation and compromise and principles that cannot be altered.
There are certain things that are fundamental, issues of moral principle, that simply cannot be negotiated. However, the majority of issues, are available to compromise.
It is essential that we learn to negotiate, to look at the positives and similarities that we have with others. We need to learn what working together as a team really is.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
We hear the cliche over and over again. But when you’re starting out, do you really know anyone? And as you get going, do you really know anyone who matters? And if you try to sit down with someone who does, will they really give you the time of day?
You’d be surprised.
“Introducing the New Humble Confidence Podcast: “Steal My Show””
by David DeWolf
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In January, I’ll be officially launching a new podcast on the Humble Confidence blog: “Steal My Show.”
Over the past several weeks I have been trying to get their permission to use Toby’s song “Steal My Show” as the theme song for my the new Humble Confidence podcast, which I have appropriately named “Steal My Show”. Unfortunately, I have yet to get through to him or the folks at Forefront Records, so hopefully a bit of new media will do the trick.
Wealth seems to be a sensitive topic. Some people don’t mind parading around the wealth they’ve created.
I would argue that the main problem with wealth in America is that people parade around a perception of wealth that they do not have. We live in a society that wants to keep up with the Joneses. At the same time, it’s a taboo topic. One that’s hard to address.
People pursue wealth for various reasons but few desire to talk about their philosophy of wealth. Some to hoard and become wealthy. Some to spoil themselves with the conveniences of the world. Still others seek to use it for greater good. They long to give it away – perhaps for recognition; perhaps as a authentic gift.