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The Innovation Conundrum

As business leaders, we seek growth and competitive advantage. Innovation is a key lever to help us get there. Unfortunately, I often hear executives frame it this way: “We need more innovation across the organization. And, of course, failure is not an option.” There is a conflict inherent in that statement. The more innovation these...

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Top 10 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

For more than a decade, I have maintained a list of the top 10 traits that define the mindset of successful entrepreneurs: How they think, how they are wired, where they set priorities.  Here it is: Bias to action: Every strategy and plan is merely a set of hypotheses until put into action, and that’s what...

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“The Entrepreneurial Mindset” (cover article for Strive Magazine)

How do entrepreneurs think? What distinguishes the best entrepreneurs and innovators from the rest? Originally published as the cover article for Strive Magazine, January 2019 For the past 30 years, I’ve pursued the answer to this question: “What distinguishes the best entrepreneurs and innovators from the rest of us?” I’ve done this as a startup...

Winners and Losers in the Age of Automation by Mark Coopersmith

Winners and Losers in the Age of Automation (Video)

The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Computers make decisions on their own and their logic now evolves and improves without human intervention. Robots operate independently. Our homes and cars and cities are increasingly connected and automated. The definition of “reality” blurs when we add the suffixes “virtual” or ‘augmented.” If you think technology-driven...

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in… Austria

It doesn’t matter where you are, or whether you are in the private or public sector, around the world it seems everyone wants to drive more innovation and more entrepreneurial activity. I see this every day in the classes I teach at UC Berkeley, the executive programs I run, and the talks and advisory work I do globally. Which...

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“The Trump Effect” and Impacts on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Whatever your political orientation or where you are in the world, 2017 in the USA has certainly gotten off to a most interesting start. Since the election of Donald Trump, almost every executive, entrepreneur, official and policy group I’ve met with has asked my view on the business and economic implications of the new administration....

“Act like entrepreneurs, but not like the brave ones.”

As the boss from Dilbert says: “I want you to think like entrepreneurs, but not like the brave ones.”  (dilbert.com, (c) 2016 Scott Adams) Scott Adams, my friend and former classmate – and a current great mentor and supporter of startups – at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, nails it again. His comic strip...

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How Innovative Leaders Operate With a Startup Mindset (video)

I recently sat down with our Thought Leadership team at Haas and discussed the concept – and state of being – of having an entrepreneurial mindset.  What does that mean for entrepreneurs, as well as leaders inside large enterprises who are seeking to drive innovation, growth and change?  How do these types of leaders think...

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How to Be an Entrepreneur in a Big Enterprise – and Succeed!

I often give talks about – and recently led a series of discussions on – how to “Develop a Startup Mindset.”  Coming out of those are several articles, including the below piece from our Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley Haas, and an executive education course called The Start-Up Mindset (register by February 2, 2017)....

My WSJ “C-Suite Strategies” article how great CEOs drive innovation and growth

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article I wrote with my UC Berkeley and Princeton colleague John Danner.  The article is entitled: “How Not to Flunk at Failure” and builds on the work we did for our recent book: “The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work” The...

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Changing the “Static Quo” in Your Organization – a recipe for leaders and teams

Instead of calling the work reality we each deal with every day the “status quo,” perhaps it would be better referred to as the “static quo.” That’s because change is hard, and many organizations seem to be set up to stifle innovation and hinder change wherever possible. All this despite the loud and frequent proclamations...

Failure-Savvy Leadership

In our new book “The Other F Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work,” my co-author John Danner and I introduce the concept of “failure-savvy” leadership. What is failure-savvy leadership? It’s the recognition that some leaders and organizations have the ability create more productive relationships with failures when they do happen....

“Entrepreneurship is a team sport,” and other launch tips in Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneurship is a team sport. Here’s an excerpt from the full article entitled  5 Things You Must Do to Successfully Launch a Business , which ran in both print and online at Entrepreneur Magazine: Perhaps the most critical step in the evolution of your startup is assembling a team that works well together and can deliver the goods....