Many business magazines (including Inc.) publish lists of the most profitable, most successful, or fastest-growing companies. Naturally, readers will be tempted to conclude that the people running these organizations must be "smarter" than those whose companies didn't make the list. But in many cases--in fact, in most cases--that's not true.
"What do you think of my new haircut?"
I stared at my friend blankly. My mind raced. How do I respond? Does he really want my opinion? Should I just put it out there and tell him that I'm pretty sure the mullet combined with a faux-hawk look never really took off?
I loved basketball as a kid, wanting more than anything to play in the NBA one day. But I didn’t make it past high school, my 5’9 inch height and limited jumping ability holding me back. If I were only eight inches taller…
The scandal enveloping the Department of Veterans Affairs was years in the making, as patient-eligibility guidelines expanded without corresponding funding, swamping health centers with sick veterans whom dishonest bureaucrats chose to ignore rather than treat.
That old axiom "grow or die" might apply to certain aspects of human development or the natural world, but be very careful how you apply it to your business. The truth is that "grow or die" can be, and often is, devastating.