Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

 Entrepreneurs Define Risk Differently

Most people think entrepreneurs are willing to take on more risk than the average person. I’ve often wondered if that’s really true. After almost three decades of working with large corporations and entrepreneurs, I’ve developed a theory. Continue reading

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Innovation: a Case for Entitlement (really!)

Well, I’d like to challenge orthodoxy and make the case for entitlement as a necessary ingredient for innovation, not a necessary evil. Let me explain…Here are just a few examples, though it’s hard to pick: Continue reading

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Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business

I believe the distinction between social and non-social business is a false dichotomy. And yet, it’s one we continually want to make. We talk about “social businesses” — those that are mission-led and focused on creating positive social change — and “non-social businesses” — those that focus on revenue and profit. Continue reading

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Courage is an important virtue for leadership. It is critical for leading people, disrupting the status quo and having significant impact. But I also think two other virtues, prudence and temperance, are also critical for leadership. Continue reading

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What’s the difference between outputs and outcomes? Some think the question is merely semantic, or that the difference is simple: outputs are extrinsic and outcomes intrinsic. I think otherwise; the difference between outputs and outcomes is more fundamental and profound. Continue reading

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Lessons in Rebellious Optimism

Innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t more risk-o-philic, they just define risk differently – not following one’s passion and purpose is a greater risk than financial or reputational security. Perhaps this is a basis for Rebellious Optimism. Continue reading

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True Leadership IS Indeed Social

Every once in a while, you are privileged to witness the embodiment of what has become a buzzword, Servant Leadership – someone who is innately wired as a servant leader – authentic, genuine and sincere. Continue reading

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