23 results for author: Doug Sundheim


Are You Daydreaming Enough?

Einstein's theory of relativity started as a daydream about running beside a sunbeam. Newton’s theory of gravity was sparked during a daydream as he saw an apple fall from a tree. JK Rowling was daydreaming on a train when she came up with the idea of ...
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Should You Really Build Leaders at Every Level of Your Org?

[Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don’t you’re dead in this economy.] I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently. His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. ...
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The Risk of Not Risking

Risk taking is about creating new things, understanding what you’re made of, and feeling confident and alive. You lose these when you play it safe for too long, in essence losing the “life” in life. So you need to take risks. But even when you know that ...
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Spend More Time With Your Customers

Sometimes the most owerful business advice is the simplest. Businesspeople give a lot of excuses for not spending enough time with customers. Being too busy is the most common one I hear. Whenever an executive tells me that she'd love to spend more time ...
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Bring Back the Joy in Life

There's magic in youth. Unaware of the tensions, trade-offs, and struggles of adulthood, we're lighter. We laugh more easily. We play more freely. We dream bigger. Then "real life" steps in. The first disappointment. The first failure. The first break up. ...
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Reframing Failure

When I was 24 years old, I fell into a position as the business development director at a small New York advertising agency. I had met the agency owner, Bill Markel, two weeks earlier at an advertising award show. I happened to be attending the event with a ...
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Why You’re on the Planet

I watch Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee weekly. I love the behind-the-scenes banter of comedians talking about their personal histories. It’s a rare glimpse of show-person as real person. A recent guest was Garry Shandli...
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Don’t Stand for B.S. Strategic Plans

At least once a week I read a strategic plan that feels like it was written by a random-corporate-buzzword generator. The lingo sounds fancy, but there's no substance behind it. Give it a little push and it falls apart. Here are few recent offenders: ...
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Four Stories a Leader Must Master

Of all the jobs on a leader’s plate these days, perhaps none is more important than sensemaker. We’re all confronted with too much data and too many choices on a daily basis. We see countless potentially-valuable things we could do while only having time ...
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Start Before You Know Where to Start

There’s a moment, when you’re trying to do something big or new, that you realize that logical analysis has taken you as far as it can. It’s never going to convince you to take that final step. Too much still feels uncertain. You realize that if ...
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Don’t Be a Hero

There's one piece of advice I've found all long-term successful risk takers follow: stay humble. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice." No matter what river we stepped in yesterday, today brings ...
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Choosing the Right Focus for Risk Taking

Whether or not we take a risk in a given situation depends, in large part, on where we focus our attention as we weigh the pros and cons. If we focus on the upside of risk taking, we’ll feel pulled to take the risk. If we focus on the downside, we’ll feel ...
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