"When Amazon first launched, it aimed to become nothing short of the world's largest bookstore."

"But first, it had to work out some kinks."

"Key to KFC's success in the country has been catering its menu to local tastes."

"Here’s the skinny: individuals who are passive aggressive are hostile, but in a thinly disguised manner. They’ll let you know through little barbs and lapses that they’re angry with you, but they’ll never confront you directly. Instead, they demonstrate their defiance or resistance indirectly, or at least disguise it with a tightly clenched smile and a semi-growled, 'Have a nice day.'"

"If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I love risk.” “I want flexible work hours.” “I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I have a vision and want to see it through.” 'I saw a better opportunity and grabbed it. …'"

"It never crossed my mind that I gravitated to startups because I thought more of my abilities than the value a large company would put on them. At least not consciously. But that’s the conclusion of a provocative research paper, Asymmetric Information and Entrepreneurship, that explains a new theory of why some people choose to be entrepreneurs. The authors’ conclusion — Entrepreneurs think they are better than their resumes show and realize they can make more money by going it alone. And in most cases, they are right."

Author bio – "Entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship. Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, he’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate. . . ."

"Meet a new leader in Introduction to Business: Business in Action. High-efficiency learning with every chapter consistently divided into six segments. Plus, interim checkpoints and visual learning for a new generation of students."

Why a Leader Steps Down

April 19, 2018

According to John Baldoni (photo, left), "A leader’s legacy is a sum of pluses and minuses. Ideally, you want the pluses to outweigh the minuses so a leader retires from an organization that is thriving."

"But when you know you have done your best, there is nothing more to say. Or, as used to be said upon the death of a king, 'The king is dead, long live the king.'"

"It's tempting to think that in order to be a valuable team player, you should say “yes” to every request and task that is asked of you. People who say yes to everything have a lot of speed. They're always doing stuff but never getting anything done. Why? Because they don't think in terms of velocity. Understanding the difference between speed and velocity will change how you work."

"Open board meetings may seem extreme, but they are part of a strict code of transparency that I believe factors heavily into our innovation and rapid growth."

"This kind of honesty can be scary at times, but when the company is honest about both successes and setbacks, it creates a context and a narrative that employees can understand and become invested in. Not only are we empowering employees with information, we’re giving them an opportunity to help solve challenges that are outside of their day-to-day roles."

Author bio – "Bipul Sinha is co-founder and CEO of Rubrik. Previously, he was a partner at Lightspeed, where he invited in Nutanix (founding investor and board member), PernixData and Numerify​."

Here's a quick read on the topic by the nice people at Farnam Street.

"The idea is to live in the middle of ideas, believing in them enough to take action but not enough so they become too big of an anchor when something better comes along. More than acknowledging the uncertainty of beliefs you need to embrace it. . . ."

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