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Howard A. Tullman | December 19, 2016

In a recent post I explained the importance of timing in the shutdown of an unsuccessful business. The main point is that, especially in the context of a “fire sale,” most tech startups and digital businesses don’t have too many hard assets to offer, but if the entrepreneur doesn’t wait too long, there is still

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Howard A. Tullman | December 16, 2016

If you love Springsteen songs for the lyrics like I do (not that there’s anything wrong with the music) then you know what I mean when I say that there’s a line or a poignant phrase from some Bruce song that seems perfect for just about any and every occasion. I can think of dozens

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Howard A. Tullman | November 28, 2016

I used to feel bad for the guys in our IT department because they had the same career issue that the heads of Homeland Security have. As we all know, the terrorists and other scumbags only have to get it right one time and horrible things can happen. Yet our counter-terrorism teams and other law

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Howard A. Tullman | November 23, 2016

Who would have thought that there would be some worthwhile words of wisdom coming from Glinda, the Good Witch, in Wicked? I saw Wicked again recently for the umpteenth time and I was struck by how relevant some of the lyrics from the song “Thank Goodness”were to the entrepreneurial mindset and to the ways many

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Howard A. Tullman | November 21, 2016

It’s not possible to read any new or old material about organizational behavior without coming across a screed or two on the general subject of how too many meetings simply represent a waste of time, energy and resources. I’ve taken a shot at it, too. (See How to Deal with Time Wasters) Such sessions rarely

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Howard A. Tullman | November 8, 2016

I’ve always loved the game “musical chairs.” You know, that game where a group of kids is circling a cluster of chairs, and everyone has to find a seat when the music abruptly stops. There is always one less chair than the number of players. The one person left standing is eliminated. In many ways,

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Howard A. Tullman | October 18, 2016

Winter is on its way– something we’re more than familiar with in Chicago– but I’m not just talking about the weather. It’s becoming frostier and frostier for startups caught in the lukewarm limbo between ideas and invoices to get their early backers to up their bets, especially when it’s not clear that they’ve found a

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Howard A. Tullman | October 5, 2016

There have been a lot of prescriptive articles about the critical–and often ignored or overlooked–need for succession planning in large companies, particularly at the highest management level. And I’ve seen the massive notebooks at some big businesses that detail the candidates and the replacement process for practically every member of the senior team. On the

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Howard A. Tullman | September 26, 2016

The Chicago Cubs are having a spectacular season, clinching their division and on the way to winning 100+ games. Without taking anything for granted, it’s clear that their talent strategy and their commitment to rebuilding with young, impact players has begun to pay serious dividends. For a team that’s been around since the 19th century

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Howard A. Tullman | September 19, 2016

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing yet another version of the same startup struggle. The companies may change, but the song remains basically the same: we couldn’t find it so we had to build it and now “it” is a bigger business opportunity for us than the business we set out to build

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Howard A. Tullman | September 13, 2016

I was recently asked about the productivity tools, handy tips or other strategies I have used over the years to help me stay on course–focused on my most important goals and primary objectives– in the midst of the messy multitude of ongoing emergencies, unavoidable distractions and regular interruptions that make up my typical day. I

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