Take a strategic drive. Strategic planning should be a continuous activity. So, you should not start a project, or a new business without a clear plan.

Take a Strategic Drive

Strategic thinking and planning should be a continuous activity. A habit. Unfortunately, for many it’s viewed as a mandatory annual event (commanded by our boss or board) that distracts us from getting our jobs done. To me that equates to driving your car around aimlessly with no purpose, destination, and schedule. For some, this might […]

3 Steps to Detox your Soul. To start the new year on a positive and energizing note, I would like to share with you this three-step detox process.

3 Steps to Detox your Soul

If you live in a developed country, western or eastern civilizations alike, you are exposed to numerous toxins. In particular, mental, emotional, and social toxins. These include excess materialism, stressful work environment, financial concerns, insufficient amount of leisure and family time, reality TV, and overexposure to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Our determined […]

All you need is love. There are only three sources of great passion that I know of. You either have to love what you do, love who you do it for, or both.

All You Need is Love

It’s been said: choose a job that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.   This applies to everyone, and in particular to entrepreneurs. I truly believe that there is no point of starting your own company or business, unless you’re pursuing your passion.   Starting your own company […]

Strategy Lessons from the Military. Businesses can learn from the elite military forces, how to teach and practice strategic planning on a regular basis.

Strategy Lessons from the Military

I’m what you call a “big picture” person. I guess I have always been a strategic thinker. And, I first learned, and became passionate about strategic planning while I was serving as a commanding officer of a military combat unit. Most military forces, and definitely the top ones, teach and practice strategic planning on a regular […]

How to become a learning organization. Companies need to become learning organizations. Knowledge is the most critical competitive resource that they have.

How to Become a Learning Organization

As the famous saying goes: change is the only constant thing in our lives. Indeed, the rate of change has accelerated almost in every aspect of our lives. This includes climate, technology, economic, as well as political and social changes. The Half-Life of Knowledge One important effect of this rapid rate of change is the shrinking […]

3 key questions for a new start-up. Startups need to address these questions prior to raising money, or starting customer and product development efforts.

3 Key Questions for a New Start-up

When I work with entrepreneurs on developing their ideas, and starting their new ventures, I always start off with three main questions (and several other follow-on questions). Question 1: What problem or need are you trying to solve? First, a good idea must address a real problem or a need that people (or businesses) have. In […]

To Be Effective First Be Present

One of my previous bosses was a hard-working executive. He felt that in order to be successful and productive he should multitask whenever and where ever possible.   He would take long flights to attend important meetings with customers. Only during those meetings he would spend most of the time checking and replying to e-mails […]

The most important trait of a leader. Leadership begins and ends with trust. To be effective, leaders must first earn the trust of their people.

The Most Important Trait of a Leader

I believe that leadership begins and ends with trust. For leaders, in all walks of life, to be effective they must first earn the trust of their people.   Without trust, a leader cannot inspire, motivate, recruit talent, or invoke commitment to her cause. Therefore, the most she can expect to get from her subordinates […]

Can VCs help make the world a better place. VCs should have social responsibility; a greater purpose than just make money for their investors and themselves

Can VCs Help Make the World a Better Place?

The winner of the recent TechCrunch Disrupt start-ups contest, was a company that is developing yet another virtual reality/social game. This game takes place in a virtual Facebook bar, where your avatar can meet and “socialize” with other people’s avatars.   Granted, this may be just the thing for those who otherwise have no lives. Perhaps […]

The accidental entrepreneur. How I got into entrepreneurship as a direct result of the premature birth of our youngest daughter.

The Accidental Entrepreneur

I consider myself an “accidental entrepreneur”. I’m not the typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  And I’m far from the common stereotype of the “technology entrepreneurs”. Most of my professional career has been in the semiconductor industry. A career covering a broad range of experience. From engineering and product development to driving the business growth of a company […]