Author: Pedro Diaz Ridao

In today’s society ruled by uncertainty, it is often a paradox that companies fear risk more than ever before, yet there are more startups than ever. While it is true that high-growth firms are being formed as actively as ever, these companies are not succeeding as often as such companies did years ago. Still, we have recently witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of startups, primarily thanks to the relatively easy access to creating low-cost, high-impact ventures that hope to become the next big thing. “Prototyping”, “MVPs”, “iterating” and “traction” have become a common language for many of us in…

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In a world where starting something new has become easier than ever, building habits is the new challenge, precisely because it is more tempting to try something new than to find the courage to persist at something. If you ran your first 5k, you no longer want to run a faster 5k, you want to try a 10k, and then a half marathon, and then an ironman… And, to make things worse, society encourages this. “So you ran a half marathon! When are you running the full?”  (“let me enjoy this first!” you would think…But it seems we need more…

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Nearly three decades ago, author Stephen Covey published “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, which soon became a bestseller and a must-read for those of us who help organizations and executives in their quest to maximize their talent. Since all of us aspire to live fully and to generate habits that make us enjoy the ride, this week I invite you to look at sports (and sportspeople) in a different way. Specifically, we will look at the habits that make certain athletes excel and keep incredibly high levels of effectiveness throughout their careers. Not everyone can live like a professional athlete…

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If each of us made a list of the best sports teams in history, the Dream Team would probably appear on each one of those lists. The US team that won the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics showed the entire world that the biggest basketball stars could play together and they offered one of the best performances in the history of basketball. When we have a lot of talent in our team (or opposed personalities), the debate of maximizing the potential of our stars and not have them fight with each other remains constant nowadays, this is why it is interesting…

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A few weeks ago I came across the book Conscious business: how to build value through values as well as a video (featured below) by its author Fred Kofman, VP of Leadership and Organizational Development at Linkedin, in which he discussed the concept of Conscious Business, after having created a methodology (and an academy) that has helped most of the world’s top companies in their quest for in-house talent training and that we can all use for free now. Since all of us are either reinventing ourselves or in the process of doing so (change is the only thing that remains constant in…

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“America has a problem with youth sport and this problem has two names: mom and dad”. This is how author and father Daniel Pink begins his speech about the importance of letting our children play without our presence there. The interesting thing is that this message does not go only to all those parents that are completely nuts, those competitive parents that love watching their kids beat the rivals, that blame the referee…well, you know who I’m talking about. This message goes to the other parents, the good ones, parents like you (or your future self). Those parents that don’t blame…

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On March 2, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the NBA (to date) when he scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in their win over the New York Knicks. The most impressive stat was his 28 out of 32 free throws, another record that nobody (including Lebron, Jordan…) has even come close to matching. The most surprising thing about this is that Chamberlain was the best at everything but at his worst from the free throw line. That season, though, he started shooting underhanded, after receiving advice from Rick Barry, one of the best free throw…

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I’ve recently read a book (The Energy Bus) by Jon Gordon, who in one of the chapters shares a story that has changed the way I see my days: the good ones and especially the not-so-good ones. The book talked about how after people play a round of golf they usually don’t think about all the bad shots they made but rather always remember and focus on the one great shot they had that day. The thought and feeling they get when thinking about this shot makes them want to play again and again; this is why so many people…

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You’ve had a great idea and a few days or months later you find out that someone else is doing the same thing. Should you give up? Maybe quite the opposite. In this era where we are constantly bombarded with entrepreneurship info, there is one question that hasn’t been answered yet: which factors make a project successful? Well, it seems we finally have an answer. After being involved in launching hundreds of companies, Bill Gross, the founder of startup incubator Idealab, developed a study to discern which were the factors that drove success and failure. And the results were quite surprising: the most important…

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Every time that people list their fears, there is one that appears even before death: public speaking. Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld used to say that “if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” In this post we are going to explore the toxic side of fear and how to face it when speaking in public. If we want someone to experience fear, there is nothing better than putting them on a stage in front of a few hundred people. How can we then manage fear and suffer as little…

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