Why Was Starbucks Born in Seattle and Not Milan?

Why Was Starbucks Born in Seattle and Not Milan?

In April 2021, two Italian states had a clash of history. In a way, it was a short reminder that for most of history, Italian states were at war with each other. How they ever came to unite under one banner is an incredible achievement.  Unlike previous arguments, this one centered around an unexpected question: …

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How Intel Lost Its Way In a World That Loves Chips

How Intel Lost Its Way In a World That Loves Chips

Every morning when I open my Macbook Air, I am amazed at how quickly it comes back to life. It’s almost instant. I then proceed to go through my workday without ever waiting for apps or documents to open. As they say in the commercials, it just works. You may say that this is just …

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Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

I love watching clips from America’s Got Talent (AGT), the talent show. If you have never seen the show, it’s your classic audition-elimination competition. Any act can audition, and they all compete for a million dollars and the possibility of launching a career. If you spend any time watching the show, you will start to …

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On Building for the Long Term

On Building for the Long Term

Elif Shafak, the Turkish writer, talks about the three types of temples built by humankind: “those that aspire to reach out to the skies, those that wished to bring the skies closer down to the ground and those that did both.”

St. Peters Basilica is one of the rare buildings that did both. Pope Julius originally wanted this church to represent the grandiose of Christianity in Europe. It took 150 years to complete and multiple architects — one of them was Michelangelo.

Today, St. Peters is one of the must-see attractions in Vatican City. The current Pope performs several liturgies throughout the year, and it is common to have thousands of people within the square at any given time (at least pre-COVID-19).

The building has stood for hundreds of years and has fulfilled the original goal of Pope Julius. Despite the hardships in construction, St. Peters is perhaps one of the clearest symbols of a previous time. A time where Christianity was the dominant force in Europe and the Pope had absolute power.

It’s sometimes hard to think about doing something on a similar scale today. We struggle to think beyond a few months, let alone a few years. The exceptions are notable in our culture: going to Mars, a thousand-year clock, and others.

In business, we should take some time to think about the long term. I mean, truly think about where we want to be in 10, 20, 50 years. Is our company still going to be around in the next century?

Perhaps we all need more symbols of what we can accomplish when we forget the troubles of the present, the regrets of the past, and focus on the future. 

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Using Your Data for Leading Through Uncertainty

Using Your Data for Leading Through Uncertainty

We always heard about how fast our world was changing. Leaders needed to be able to make decisions quickly and within rapidly changing situations. Leading through uncertainty was just part of the job description. I think only a few people understood what this meant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Violent changes were happening daily all over …

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