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Here’s how I met Christopher Lochhead…

By Cole Schafer One afternoon I found myself at a dimly lit bar in an abandoned ghost town somewhere outside of Santa Cruz, California. It was the type of place where the bartops are as knuckle-worn as Russian Boxers and the hard-living regulars wear faces that make Russian Boxers look like Bo Derek. I was…

A Call For Unity | Yesterday In Santa Cruz

Monday June 8th, 2020 Yesterday in Santa Cruz, I cried at the vigil for Sargent Damon Gutzwiller, of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department. He was shot to death on Saturday. Yesterday in Santa Cruz, I paddled out for George Floyd. With over 500 people (A paddle out is how surfers mourn). There have been…

Women used to make 84% less than men

Thankfully, a clever marketer called bullshit. It was right after World War II ended. Men were returning home from Germany to pick up their jobs in the factories. They found themselves in a workplace that had changed considerably. While the men were off at war, the women served their country by taking up jobs in…

A Podstorm: A Powerful Idea For Podcasters & Podcast Listeners

Merriam-Webster defines a Tweetstorm as: “A series of related tweets posted by a Twitter user in quick succession.” So then what exactly is a Podstorm? “A Podstorm is a series of related episodes posted in quick succession by a podcaster.” In May 2020, we launched the first-ever #Podstorm with my marketing podcast releasing a new…

Top VC Unveils Crisis Leadership Strategies For Entrepreneurs

by Guest Blogger Navin Chaddha   The coronavirus pandemic has upended the way venture capitalists and startup founders interact, meaning that to raise a round, entrepreneurs need to adapt. These are his top five tips for building a successful company amid and after the outbreak. Show strong leadership, make a playbook, try an all-remote culture,…

5 Ways to Stimulate Cash Flow in a Downturn

Business leaders have rightly focused on the most urgent issues regarding Covid-19, such as the safety of their employees and customers, and the security of their supply chains. The critical next step is to try to keep cash flowing by managing near-term revenue and expenses. History teaches us valuable lessons for managing cash during a…

What IBM’s experience during the Great Depression can teach today’s tech CEOs.

By Kevin Maney   During the Great Depression of the 1930s, IBM’s CEO, Thomas Watson, proved a point that today’s executives should consider. In the worst of times, bravely bucking pressure to lay off workers and instead investing in the business can tee up explosive growth later.   Reports about layoff strategies amid the COVID-19…

Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal Offers COVID-19 Leadership Advice for President Donald Trump On Top Podcast

Respected retired military leader shares ideas for business and government leaders grappling with the public health and economic crisis.   Today #1 charting Apple podcaster and #1 bestselling Amazon author Christopher Lochhead released a new episode of the award-winning “Follow Your Different“ podcast with retired Four-Star General and leadership coach Stanley A. McChrystal. During a wide-ranging, unedited podcast dialogue, General McChrystal…

The Dalai Lama Thinks This US Marine’s Ideas on Fear Are Transformative

Marine Corps combat veteran. Ultra marathoner. Nonprofit entrepreneur. Akshay Nanavati finds his nirvana in worthy struggles.   Don’t demonize stress and anxiety, he advises. Learn how to control your emotional response to them instead.   “I believe that the most important skill to master in life is the ability to develop a positive relationship to…