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Text and Subtext

One simple truth that redefined my understanding of leadership: Values aren’t defined by what a leader says or the words in a mission statement. Values are expressed by the reality of what a team rewards, celebrates, and sacrifices. Some thoughts on the concept of the principle of “text” and “subtext”. On December 2nd, 2011 Enron Energy Company went bankrupt. In the following days, pervasive accounting fraud and manipulation at the company were revealed. Arthur Anderson was their lead accounting firm. Anderson had annualized revenues of around 10 billion before the scandal. The evidence in the Enron bankruptcy was so damning […]

The Art of Quitting

Over the past 12 years, I have been a part of starting several companies. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some incredible successes, but I’ve also seen my share of flameouts. I am constantly seeking to understand how to be a better leader and entrepreneur. In this blog, I hope to share some of the things that I have learned along the way. What personality traits are the biggest predictors of success? Historically experts have identified things like intelligence, raw talent, and charisma. Newer research shows that our mindset might be the most important predictor of future achievement. […]

Behind the Curtain

Last year I did a 1 on 1 meeting with every member of the Simple Modern team. One of the questions I asked each person was, “What is the best part of Simple Modern’s culture?” I intentionally left it open-ended so that I could see what patterns emerged. One word surfaced repeatedly: “Transparency” We live in a world with unprecedented access to information. Social media and smartphones have given us more insight into the lives of others than ever before. And yet, our hunger for authenticity and transparency continues to run deep. Why is that? We share more with the […]

Why Simple Modern Exists

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