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With the launch of its new holding company, Alphabet, Google is trying its hardest not to be Microsoft. And Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is signaling that he does not want to be Bill Gates. The software startup that Gates founded morphed into a tech giant...

Is Wisconsin producing enough startup companies? No, especially when all startups are counted… whether those young companies are bakeries, burger joints, beauty salons or biotechnology firms. What often matters more than the sheer number of startups is the survivability and “scale up” stages for young companies,...

A New Science is showing us how staying in-the-flow may be the most important part of building extraordinary teams. "I will never consider defeat, and I will remove from my vocabulary such words as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, failure, and retreat, for these are the words...

In my last blog with Stephen Gold, EVP of Business and Technology Operations and CIO of CVS Health, we discussed Gold’s approach to continuity of value, a process that Gold uses to make sure he and his business partners make the right IT investments. No...

You’ve started your business and survived. Now, what? How do you move from struggling to established to growing consistently and profitably? The answer is scaling, a concept very different from lean thinking. The latter pulls out costs that do not add value. Scaling allows you...

A core reason why lawmakers have so far softened budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System is their realization it’s a statewide economic engine – with the potential to produce even more regional horsepower. That message has come through in many ways, from independent economic...

Calling. This word is important for both an individual and an organization. On an individual level, a calling is the driving force – moving through many roles – that brings meaning or deeper purpose to the totality of your work. I like to think of my...