My focus is using technology to overcome human limits. As a father of a family with disabilities, this has become my mission and personal journey.

Russ Ewell
Silicon Valley, CA
 

Leadership

Old Stories

I have been thinking about stories. Stories I tell myself. Stories we tell each other. Old stories and new stories. How two people can experience the exact same thing yet walk away with two completely different stories, each one absolutely convinced their story is true and the other person’s is false. My journey on this intellectual adventure is only just beginning, but I can already feel the discomfort over what seems to be an...

Where’s The Beef?

We can call them leaders.  We can assign them to a position.  We can give them a title.  None of these actions will make them leaders.  Leadership requires substance and is about who you are more than how you are labeled. My own experience with learning leadership is it takes time to develop the skill, and continual improvement is a necessity.  Unfortunately, we are living at a time where a great many people claim...

Red Auerbach and Team Leadership

The business world appears to have discovered team leadership around 1992, when Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith published “The Wisdom of Teams.” This is a good book, but it has never made my pulse race as much as Pat Riley’s “The Winner Within,” or the sound of Red Auerbach’s voice saying anything about team leadership....

The Steve Jobs I heard in ’94, seems like Zuckerberg in 2016

When I moved to Silicon Valley in 1993, the Odyssey by John Sculley was my guidebook.  Guy Kawasaki's "Selling the Dream" came next.  Each of these books placed a man named Steve Jobs on my radar.  According to both Sculley and Kawasaki, this guy Steve Jobs was a special, but prior to my reading he meant little to me. Apple captivated me but not Steve Jobs.  What Sculley and Kawasaki were beginning to make...

The Power of Reading then Rereading

Benjamin Disraeli captured my young imagination reading the writing work of Sarah Bradford. What I remember about her book, “Disraeli,” is this charismatic and resilient character, became one of the greatest leaders in England’s history. [caption id="attachment_212" align="alignnone" width="352"] I read this volume in college[/caption] You can only imagine my excitement, when I stumbled onto a new biography about him called, “Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani. For some years, I had wanted to...

Focus On The Future Not The Past

This is simple.  No matter how hard we might want to focus on the future, there is always someone or something insisting on the importance of the past. There is the family who knows the exact incident to drudge up from the past, so they can put us in our place, and let us know the future we dream of is impossible. There is the friend who freezes us in time, resisting our every attempt...

The Generalist

"The great strategists of the past kept forests as well as the trees in view. They were generalists, and they operated from an ecological perspective. They understood that the world is a web, in which adjustments made here are bound to have effects over there— that everything is interconnected. Where, though, might one find generalists today? . . . The dominant trend within universities and the think tanks is toward ever-narrower specialization: a...

My Top 5 Books of 2015

I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial” Winston Churchill Destiny was my reading discovery in 2015.  It was an unintended but welcome consequence of reading superb writing about people who changed the world.  What follows is my top five books from my 2015 reading list with a brief reason for their selection. #1 Traitor To His Class H.W....

LeBron Assists Special Needs!

[caption id="attachment_172" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Shoes Designed By LeBron James for those with Special Needs[/caption] This NBA 2016 season the Golden State Warriors are the talk of the town.  Lead by Stephen Curry they are playing the game at a historic level, and for many Curry is the best and most charismatic player in the NBA. This leaves LeBron James a bit in the shadows, which is strange since we haven't seen a player of his...

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