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Things to Think About

Whaddyado?

"What do you do?" a man at the cocktail party asks me, glancing at my name tag. Those four simple words and the answer they elicit could be a doorway into a meaningful conversation.  "About what?" I want to reply, but I know that isn't the question he thinks he is asking me.  My thoughts were already falling back...

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HOW TO BE IMPORTANT

"This could be my chance.  I mean the REALLY BIG BREAK I've waited my whole life for" David told me.  A new firm was wooing him hard, promising to double the salary he was making and give him the responsibility and recognition he had been craving in his current firm.  Everyone he talked to about the offer was urging...

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Legacy as the Measure of a Life of Significance

I've been talking a lot about two topics lately - significance and legacy. On the day I got married, I had a few blessed hours alone before the hubbub of the day began.  Given that I am bent toward reflection, I went for a meditative walk along the Potomac River. Contemplating what lay before me that day and...

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A Simple Tool for a Happy Life You Can Be Proud Of

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. “I’m not sure what I should do here,” Marco told me. “I feel confused. How do I know which choice is the right one?” He was in the middle of a lucrative and complex transaction with his current firm. A new firm had offered him a position, pressing...

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A List of Values

List of Values   Abundance Acceptance Accessibility Accomplishment Accuracy Achievement Acknowledgement Activeness Adaptability Adoration Adroitness Adventure Affection Affluence Aggressiveness Agility Alertness Altruism Ambition Amusement Anticipation Appreciation Approachability Articulacy Assertiveness...

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Are You Headed For a Wile E. Coyote Moment?

  Yesterday, while having dinner with friends, we spotted a roadrunner making its way through the yard.  Yes, they really do exist and it’s one of many pleasant surprises living in the desert.  I always wondered what made Wile E Coyote double down in his endless pursuit of the Road Runner.  Time and again, he...

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Grabbing Your Brass Ring

Last week I met with two clients who are planning to make big changes next year. Glen is going to leave his current firm and Corey is going to sell his company. Both men know that to prepare themselves for the best possible outcomes, the actions they take in the next quarter are critical to set themselves up for the...

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Some Mid-Year Mojo – Rebalancing

"I've spent my whole life working to provide for my family. When do I get to make it about me again? I'm not a selfish man, but isn't it ok to rebalance at some point? The challenge is, I'm just not sure how to even start!" My last column titled "Being the Best Damned Provider You Can Be - Because Failing Your Family...

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Who’s on your “A” team?

Mentoring makes a difference. It's the foundation behind the Board in every investment you make. Imagine considering an investment in a portfolio company and the founder says, "Nah, I got this. I don't really need any input on how I make decisions or run the company." As an observer you see the big picture, you can...

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What’s Your Number?

In this business, we focus a ton on numbers… ROI, Exits, Carry, Bonuses, Cash Valuations … and on and on.  I’ve been really focused recently on one particular question with my clients … What’s your number? Most of them think I’m asking about the number they need socked away to retire.  The number I’m talking about is...

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The Guy With The Best Job In The World

  When he heard himself say, “I only have to do it for eight more years, til the kids are gone …” and thought he might throw up at that thought, Mark realized he HAD to do something differently. But, what finally shocked him into action was overhearing his young son’s answer to a stranger’s innocent question...

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The Dream Project – Because Every Child Matters

We had an amazing opportunity to join forces with 350 entrepreneurs to pack boxes for 500 kids living in long-term foster care in Chicago, IL. Some of these children have been in and out of more foster homes more times than you could imagine. Many of them don’t know what it’s like to feel truly loved and cared for....

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