Category Archives: Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Test and Learn

When I was launching my career post-business school, I had a mentor who was constantly pushing me to “test and learn.” He was not a fan of 200-page business plans, extended market research, surveys, focus …

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The Bigger Picture: Hard Work – To Be Effective It Must Be Ugly

Most of us know the feeling; it’s one I associate with new year’s resolutions. You’ve decided to begin drafting your HBS application or start a new diet, a new non-profit venture or a new exercise …

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The Bigger Picture: Expect to Fail

In a world where positive thinking and optimism rule, advising people to “expect to fail” seems doomed…to fail. Allow me to explain. A few years ago, my daughter was part of a Brownie Troop. Friends …

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The Bigger Picture: There is No Try

Yesterday, I was speaking with a business partner who owed me some data. I had been waiting too long for the overdue analysis. As we were wrapping up the call, he said to me, “I …

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The Bigger Picture: Turn Envy into Inspiration

Envy gets a bad rap. It all began in the Bible, where the tenth commandment reads, “you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or belongings.” Following that commandment essentially means that you banish all envy …

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The Bigger Picture: Show Up

During my second year of business school, I launched my first company, an online registry that was acquired and is now part of The Knot. It was during this time that I first leveraged much …

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