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Steve Graves

Turning 30

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On March 2, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sprained his ankle for the third time this season. On March 8, he sprained it again. On March 14, he turned 30. Any connection? When you’re in your 20s, 30 seems like such an adult number, which is another way […]

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How Much Does a “Yes” Cost?

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Every “yes” carries a cost. We usually think that “no” carries the big cost, but a “yes” can even be more expensive than a “no.” Not long ago, I spent the day with a young entrepreneur whose business was growing at a phenomenal rate. The company was in a market-pull […]

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Asking “Why”

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“You got a minute?” I was sitting in my office a few weeks ago, and a friend walked in. He’s a partner in a business venture, but that day was a friend conversation. A friend of his had just buried his 11-year-old son, only a few years after he had […]

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4 Metrics of Childrearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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Macro, Micro and Non-Managers

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Micromanagement comes naturally at a start-up. You know this if you’re a founder. You micromanage either because you’re the only employee or because every detail feels so important to get right. But then the business grows. And you’re no longer a one-man band. You realize that you’re not going to […]

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Watch Out For Snowballs

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He could have told the truth the first time a reporter asked the question. He had multiple chances. He could have come clean during his famous Larry King interview. He could have owned up when a former teammate came forward. But . . . he didn’t. Over and over he […]

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7 Characteristics of a Great Manager

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As I’ve outlined elsewhere, managers drive results and deliver outcomes through the skillsets of others. That may sound manipulative, but the best managers are coaches, not manipulators. Accordingly, managing is a bit of a dance. I’ve been studying, thinking about, talking about and writing about managing for a few decades […]

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