Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#18)

Markus_RefrigeratorHappy Weekend All! I'm a big fan of snail mail (perhaps a trait related to being a shameless book worm), so if you take the time out of your busy day to email me, I'll usually ask for your mailing address. Not so I can stalk you, but so I can thank you personally via good ol' fashioned pen and paper. One postcard made it all the way to a refrigerator in Bern, Switzerland! 

With a great note from recipient Markus Stoller:

"Many many thanks for your happy new year postcard. It is now attached to my fridge and I can read your quote each day.

The photograph with a white Apple logo was taken on the Fifth Avenue in New York during a Christmas shopping tour in 2011. we spent 5 days in this wonderful and amazing city, and I never spent more money for clothes in such a short time, but we have seen also a lot of cultural things. i really like all these small blues bars with live music.

I wish you also all the best in 2014. All your wishes will come true, when you believe it and act every day to reach all your goals. But only take one step at a time, by living and enjoying the moment.

Stay hungry, stay foolish…"


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"The No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information."

The second, he added, “is leadership — in particular emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership. Traditional leadership is, were you president of the chess club? Were you vice president of sales? How quickly did you get there? We don’t care. What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead."

What else? Humility and ownership. “It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership, to step in,” he said, to try to solve any problem — and the humility to step back and embrace the better ideas of others.

—Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations for Google


Just for Fun

I had a great time delivering the kick-off keynote for the Wire Me Awake conference on entrepreneurship at the University of South Dakota earlier this week.

A few highlights? My first standing ovation, having my new BFF Anthony show up in a t-shirt that said, "Jenny Blake is my Trep Crush!" (short for Entrepreneur) and signing books with brash businessman and TV personality Jeffrey Hayzlett


That's it for now . . . have an wonderful rest of your weekend, everyone!