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Portland Thorns Core Values

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Best in the World

From How to Grow Beyond $10M: The one thing we will do better than any other company in the world is _____________. You’ve seen this before, yes? Jim Collins hedgehog concept, etc. And yet, do you do it? If I

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What are your side effects?

When Celeste and I married, we both changed our name to Sarvata, which means wholeness or integrity. It means that around us, you get to be exactly who you are. Put another way, by Dave Rendall, author of the Freak

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What do you stand for?

The best, most inspiring businesses are about something more. And it comes through when they tell there stories. Check out this beautifully-done video from The Little Potato Company to see what I mean.

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What are you willing to suck at?

When you try to be good at everything while your competitors are trying to do the same, you’re doing the opposite of differentiating. You’ll basically converge on 3 for every attribute that customers could care about. Look at how Southwest

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What are you willing to be bad at?

Average at everything is the default when you try to beat your competitors are every measure. When you’re willing to be bad, you free up resources (time, attention, money) to be great at something.

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Facebook’s BHAG

  Did you see that Facebook has a new BHAG this week? Zuckerburg calls it their ten-year roadmap. Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone. Inspiring? You bet! That’s one of the hallmarks of a great company, an

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Purpose Drives Strategy

Purpose Drives Strategy

How do you make a difference in the world? The Purpose Drives Impact Framework is one way to think about the question, and to organize your own work. For an overview, see Purpose Drives Impact. See also: See Purpose Drive People, Purpose

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Are you ready for 2014? Do your core values inspire you?

Happy New Year, Are you ready for 2014?  Do you have an annual strategic plan that provides an inspiring context for this year?  For the next four weeks I’ll be sending messages about aspects of annual planning to consider as

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What’s your why?

I watched this Simon Sinak TED Talk again today. So powerful! Why do you do what you do?

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