Category Archives: Leadership

Read about leadership and entrepreneurship from Acceleration Partners’ Founder and Managing Director, Robert Glazer.

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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  Over the past few years, I have heard many different leadership speakers reference examples of sports teams operating more efficiently than businesses. This got me thinking about how these teams do it better and what lessons they can teach us. After giving it some thought, here are the five I came up with.   1. Practice Sports teams don’t do something in a game that they haven’t practiced...
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Fundamentally, talent is something you are born with (e.g. being fast, extroverted, great hand-eye coordination, amazing voice), whereas a skill is something that can be taught (e.g. the law, customer service, how to code). What I find interesting is that many poor hiring decisions and life choices are made because there’s misunderstanding about the difference between the two. For example, a company may undervalue the talent they need and overvalue what can be trained. As a result,...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  At the Tugboat Institute Summit, I had the privilege of meeting Commander Rorke Denver and listening to his talk on leadership. Rorke was a Commander in the Navy Seals, the most elite and exclusive unit of the US military. Seals are sent on the most dangerous missions in the world (e.g. capturing Osama Ben Laden). 80% of the people accepted to the Seals training program do not make it through to...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  A few months ago marked the six-month point since I started the Friday Forward posts. Each week I get a lot of great feedback and ideas, but the most common question I receive is, “How do you keep it up each week”? The answer to this question really has two parts. The first is that it’s something I enjoy doing and deeply believe in (inspiring change). The second is that it has become a...
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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com.  Being a parent, like running a business, is challenging. But being an entrepreneur can actually give you a leg up. Entrepreneurs are resourceful, creative and intellectually curious by nature, and sharing entrepreneurship's unique set of principles with your children can help them succeed in the new economy. Many successful entrepreneurs start quite young, launching their first businesses before they turn 21. With...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  The term “creative destruction” has economic roots, but I have come to perceive it as an important philosophy in life and business. It implies that, to create something new, we must destroy or give up on something old. Netflix is one of the rare companies that has embraced creative destruction. A few years ago they decided to compete directly against their own DVD business by offering a streaming...
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This article was originally published on HuffingtonPost.com. The end of summer brings back childhood memories of my favorite activity at camp: the centuries-old national tradition of “color war.” I loved the intensity of this week of games, contests and events, as well as the life lessons it imparted. We celebrated when we won and cried when we lost, but we learned to compete and respect each other simultaneously. We are now just emerging from a generation of parenting...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer’s personal blog FridayFwd.com.  Recently, I presented a new concept to a group of advisers. They hated it and told me as much directly, but more importantly they told me why and I listened. In the end, they were right and I’ve gone back and made some important changes and gained valuable insight from their feedback about my assumptions. Andrew Phillips’ story is a powerful one for understanding what we learn from brutal...
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Clever marketing is the key to launching a successful product, right? Not quite. If you want proof, just take a stroll down West 46th Street in New York City, where “Hamilton” is playing. This Broadway hit musical has received a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Prices for the premium seats now sell for $849—that is, if you can get them. “Hamilton” has reinvigorated Broadway, in spite of the fact that it lacks many ingredients one...
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This article was originally published on Robert Glazer's personal blog FridayFwd.com.  What’s the difference between a dreamer and a visionary? A dreamer is someone who has a lot of great ideas, but never really follows through on them and believes that an idea itself is proprietary. A visionary is someone who tells you what is going to happen in the future and then spends the next 10 years plotting an exact course to get there. It’s actually hard to know if they saw what was coming...
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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com. Nobody sets out to be a one-hit wonder. But too much focus on a hot product can distract a company from building the culture, operations and strategy it needs for long-term success and sustainability. When you stop and think about it, nearly every sustainable company is about more than a product or two. For example, despite what investors may be thinking right now, Apple has proven that it knows how to evolve, successfully...
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This article was originally published on CEOWORLD Magazine. In 2011, amid much fanfare, JCPenney appointed Ron Johnson as its new CEO. Hailing from Apple and Target, where he held powerful positions, Johnson was glorified for great innovations at both. He rode into JCPenney waving the flag of change. However, after a disastrous 17 months that included a $6 billion drop in sales and 40,000 layoffs, JCPenney replaced Johnson with his predecessor before hiring the quieter, humbler...
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