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    Scott Kregel

HIRING. That’s it. The one thing you’re doing totally wrong is you’re hiring the wrong people. All your other problems stem from this. Jim Collins in his book Good to Great says, “The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people on the bus to take it there. No they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it.” Read more

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Would you get a tattoo of your firm’s logo? The logo of the firm you own or work for? I’m not talking about a tattoo on your forehead or neck or butt. I’m talking about a tattoo in a normal place like your shoulder or ankle or just above your butt.

 

People get tattoos of company logos all the time. People get Harley-Davidson tattoos so often it’s boring. I mean if you’re going to have a midlife crisis, at least put some thought into it. But people also get tattoos of some real weirdo corporate stuff like the guy who got a tattoo of the KFC Double Down and the guy with the Walmart tramp stamp. I’m pretty sure the KFC one was a paid stunt, and I’m confident the Walmart one was joke (and as a joke, it’s the definition of being committed to a bit). Read more

I was interviewed on a podcast earlier this week. We got talking about risks and how risks can be structured in such a way that there’s no downside. I mean, there’s a downside — there has to be or it’s not really a risk — but the downside can have a big upside.

 

The trick is to align your risk taking with what you’re really all about, with your core values. By doing that, if you succeed, fantastic; and if you fail, you just earned a story that can be leveraged to build a robust culture. Read more

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I’m pretty much an HGTV design star. Not just because I put up crown moulding in my living room and master bedroom.¹ But also because I went to an interior design store once.

The store was called Rustica Hardware. It’s an amazing store, but the thing that dug into my brain like a Ceti eel from The Wrath of Khan was this sign they had up in their shop:

 

I LOVE THAT. Partly because, as I already established, I’m an HGTV design star, but also because who wouldn’t accept that challenge? Living in art is better than living in mindless acceptance of the default. I intentionally try to approach my home like an artist approaches some kind of art thing. Read more

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