Big Business vs. Small Business

from Seth’s Blog Small companies create almost all the jobs. They are the insurgents, the agents of change. Big companies are a backbone, reliable providers of goods and services. Big companies operate at a scale that most of us can’t even imagine. The two points of view often conflict. And each can learn from the other. Net neutrality is an argument between freedom of innovation by small business vs. control from big business. Campaign finance reform is an argument against big companies and their leaders buying the outcomes of elections. It’s not always about capitalism vs. the alternative. It’s often […]

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What Do You Own?

from Seth’s Blog Small business is a resilient backbone of the modern world. Choosing to not simply be the day laborer or the gig worker, but someone who actually owns something. You might own a permission asset–the right people, offering you their attention and trust. You might own a lease or a patent or some other form of property. And you might own a reputation, one that earns you better projects and a bigger say in what happens next. More here.

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A Seat At The Table

from Seth’s Blog Short-term profits are a lousy way to build a sustainable community. There’s always a shortcut, a rule to be bent, a way to make some more money now at the expense of the people around us. The counterbalance to selfish Ayn-Randian greed is cultural belonging. “No,” the community says, “we’re not proud of what you did, and you’re not welcome here.” People like us do things like this. More here.

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The New Labor Day

from Seth’s Blog One day a year isn’t much to spend honoring the folks that built everything. One day a year for the more than twenty that died from the heights and in the caissons as they built the Brooklyn Bridge. One day a year to remember the 123 women and 23 men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy. And one day a year for the overlooked and disrespected, for the hardworking and the burnt out. More here.

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Your Discomfort Zone

from Seth’s Blog Most of us need an external stimulus to do our best work. It helps to have an alarm clock if you want to get out of bed before dawn. A presentation. A deadline. A live performance. The threat of foreclosure, an upcoming review or some sort of crisis. We can use these pressures to dig deeper, find new resources and overcome our self doubt. The challenge is that sometimes, we pick the wrong stimulus. We choose a prompt to serve us, but we end up serving it, in a situation that hurts us (and others) instead of […]

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Coercion

from Seth’s Blog “You are with me or against me.” “Being against me is the same as being against us.” “If I determine that you are against us, you deserve all the problems that you brought on yourself by your actions. Don’t make me hurt you again.” We are fortunate to live in a civil society that is governed by ideas, ideals and laws. Lincoln correctly warned us about the mob and the bullying leader who eggs them on. Coercion can make change happen (in the short run). Coercion can look like leadership. But it doesn’t scale and it doesn’t last, because ultimately, it burns down […]

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Hot: A Theory Of Propulsion

from Seth’s Blog Words are dead. To be more clear: Words on a page or on a screen are asleep, inert, doing nothing at all until they interact with you, the reader. That takes effort. An audiobook, on the other hand, propels itself. The words are spoken, whether you listen or not, so you better listen. And a video is just as alive. The next level up is new. As in news. Or previously unknown. When it’s breaking, it propels itself even harder, because we know that we’re about to hear something previously unheard. And beyond that? When humans are […]

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