Author: Drew Sanders

Rising Leader 1: Culture

If you are going to make enough money to have the choices you and your family want then you need to start understanding the soft skills that go into leading and managing a team. Culture is often defined as ‘how we do things around here’. It is either cool to put your hat on backwards, or to take it off when you go inside. In a globally distributed workplace the differences in culture are more than the difference between a New Yorker who is pushy and a southerner who is laid back. These are countries that have starkly different...

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Young Gun 4: Give Me Liberty or…

You are entering the workforce at a time where you can join the taxi company or Uber. Which one do you pick? Uber of course, but take a read below and start to understand that just because you have a good idea doesn’t mean everyone else is going to be excited for you. Very few people are up on the balcony cheering you on like your Mom probably did. Read this and start to get up to speed on the size of the game that is being played right now when it comes to the sharing economy. “Give me...

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Young Gun 3: Grandparent Model

Following on from the conversations about Clay Shirky, Chris Anderson, and Tom Friedman, here are the type of business models you want to be looking for. A whole series of communities are going to be growing on the internet where new groups of people come together and solve problems collaboratively where an old institution used to exist. In 1925 the goal was to get a good territory and distribute for someone who manufactured a brand name product. That went for almost everything from car parts to legal advice. Take a look at where software is going and look for...

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Young Gun 2: The Long Tail

You are joining the working economy right at several inflection points. One of them is that storing and monetizing long tail offerings has been made much easier. Clay Shirky gave a forward looking Ted Talk in 2005 where he called for a 50 year period of instability – 12 years later he is looking rather smart. Give his talk a listen and then consider listening to Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired magazine as he talks about his book “Makers”. “Makers” by Chris Anderson Chris Anderson is a former editor at Wired Magazine and the Author of an...

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Young Gun 1: Give and Take

You are leaving college and entering the workplace. The age range of people you are going to be working with will increase dramatically. The norms of reciprocity will have a large impact on how quickly you manage the transition to enjoying your first job. One of the most influential minds in the area of getting along with others is Adam Grant, and his first book Give & Take from 2013 is a great place to start learning how to get along with others for your combined success. This was our book of the year in 2013 and I am listening...

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