Author Archives: Tom Koulopoulos

Greatest Business Innovations of 2017 and Beyond Driven by This Trend

The hottest commodity of the next decade is already at the heart of nearly every disruptive business model, from Uber to Amazon. There’s an apocryphal quote often attributed to Charles Deull, Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office in 1899, ” Everything that can be invented has been invented.” While we don’t want to believe it we actually behave as ...

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Five Things Winners Do and Losers Don’t

It’s not how often you fail. It’s how often and how fast you get back up. Between the stunning outcomes of the World Series and the presidential election it’s clear that thinking in terms of winners and losers is pretty much ingrained in our collective psyche. We love the black and white label of winner and loser; it’s easy, quick, ...

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The Best Reason NOT to Have a Backup Plan

I’m going to challenge your intuition and sense of self-preservation. But I’m going to do it in the name of something much greater, self-fulfillment. Stick with me for a few short minutes. I don’t watch much TV or cable, but a few years ago I got caught up in the drama of a live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s tight rope ...

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Four Ways to Overcome the Impossible

“You’ve heard it a million times but here’s why it’s true.” I’m just coming off of a one year build of a new startup. As with most startups, it’s been a wild ride, with more twists and turns, obstacles and challenges, learning and growth than I would ever have imagined. You’d think after having made the startup journey a handful ...

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Nine Steps to Make the Hardest Decisions Easier

Decision making can be tough, especially for highly creative individuals, but this simplified approach of “Separating the Seeds from the Weeds” can clarify virtually every decision you make. If you want to make good decisions you have to get out of the emotional weeds. I’ve seen some of the smartest people I know struggle with decisions, especially those really tough ...

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One Thing All Successful People Have in Common

I was speaking with a good friend recently and she shared with me something that triggered a thought about what makes people successful and happy. If you’re an innovator, pay close attention, this is especially relevant to you. Stick with me because this is perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned about success and which I can pass on. I’ve ...

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The Ideal Way To Deal With Bad Decisions

Avoiding bad decisions is not the objective; owning them is. Think of the last really bad decision you made. You may be living through it right now. How did it, or how does it, feel? Not so great, right? Well get used to it! An Inconvenient Truth Here’s a very inconvenient truth. As a leader, you will make lots of ...

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