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How to Build Social Capital: Asking for Introductions

Plebe year at Culver Military Academy is all about followership before leadership, which is how I found myself in Major Duckett’s Leadership course studying the art of table manners (among other things). The leadership class teaches social etiquette such as how to properly set a table, position your body, and eat like a classy individual. For the first time I …

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The Way We Think About Giving Is Dead Wrong

They say things like: “I wish I had more time because I know I totally should do more for the community.” or “I’ve got to focus on other things and just can’t make time to help others right now.” or “I’m in my accumulation years. I’ll help others in the next decade when I’ve amassed enough wealth to give my …

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How to Build Social Capital: Connect and Entertain Your Networks

I’m telling you this story because THEY did something I couldn’t believe. Actually, it’s not that they did something. It’s that they didn’t do something. Back in 2011 I was honored to be named “40 Under 40” by the Denver Business Journal. This isn’t a humblebrag article. Just wait. When you win the award, the DBJ throws a big luncheon. …

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Learn Global Languages: Three Tongues to Lick Life

It’s common belief that mastering a foreign language gives you an advantage both in the workplace, as well as in life. For example, there’s greater empathy for other cultures and a ton of research showing language learning helps in academic achievement and cognitive abilities. Learning foreign languages has its merits and I double majored in Economics and Spanish, so I …

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The Grand Plan

A bit of context: For the past 10 years, I’ve owned a wealth management firm called LotusGroup Advisors, and at the end of 2015, I transitioned out of the day-to-day operations. I spent 2016 Q1) transitioning clients, Q2) vagabonding, Q3) starting with ‘why’, and Q4) building the ‘next’. Flow’s initial service offering is to help companies convert more of the …

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Building My Next

Once I figured out my ‘why’, I needed to figure out how. I decided to bank on the fact that of the 8 businesses I’ve started, 7 have been professional services. I was willing to bet that there was something I figured out around sales and marketing that frustrated other business owners. So I went right back to work and …

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Starting With Why

I’m not gonna front, when I watched Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start with Why”, my immediate response was, “who’s actually DONE that?” The premise is that great companies start by answering “why” first: Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? These inspired leaders and organizations are all …

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The Untold Stories of a Business Celebrating its 10th Birthday

Every year since 2006, I’ve used this week as a time of reflection, a time of creation, and a time to honor. For me, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is auspicious: a time where new things are meant to begin. And this year… well, you know I’m not breaking tradition. I going to share with you as clients, teammates, …

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The Power of Sprints: 2 Weeks to Build Your Systems

All around you are organizations with heroic leaders who know that somewhere, their shit is broken, they don’t know how to fix it, where to start, how to find the time, or how to make it all work fast enough. Their goals require way more hours than committed, way more frustration than expected, and way less fulfillment than intended Therein …