Rules of Thumb to Grow Companies from 50 to 100 Employees

Companies with more than 50 employees but less than 100 employees are in a tricky phase of growth - too big to behave like a start-up where everyone wears 10 hats and reports to the CEO but not big enought to afford the kinds of specialization and systems that come with a team of 100+. This phase is sometimes referred to as "the valley of death," as many companies either stall or sell the business before growing past the other side.

Throughout the centuries people have enjoyed games. From simple ones to pass the time to more complex ones that use strategy and challenge the participants to compete intellectually and have been called mental sports. Man’s love of competition and play has evolved over recent decades and there are far more choices now than ever before. For the list I have skipped video and online games, sticking with those that have actual physical pieces. No exclusions were made based on whether they are better with 2 or multiple players.

Chess and the Dynamics of Business

Over the years there have been many attempts to use chess as metaphor to describe a number of different realities. Business is one of those realities finding a connection to the dynamics of chess given the use of strategy and tactics. However, what I find more often than not are metaphors clumsily assembled or force-fit into business cases. The result is a mish-mash of facts that are confusing EXCEPT for the most astute of readers.

6 Strategy Lessons From A Former Chess Prodigy Who’s Now A CEO

Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient in California on the lessons from chess for busines - the kinds of thinking that his days as a chess prodigy taught him has deeply informed the way he runs a successful startup. In a sense, Moore does still play chess every day–by running Axcient. Here are a few lessons about how to apply the grandmaster mindset to the world of business.

Chess Principles that Make You a Better Corporate Strategist

This article will look at the components of the chess principles that can make you a better corporate strategist. It will look at 1) the parallels between chess and business, 2) the main principles from chess that can be applied to business, 3) lessons from World Chess champions for becoming successful entrepreneurs, and 4) examples of chess strategies in business.

Ten Things Chess Taught Me About Business and Corporate Strategy

If you really want to learn about doing business, chess is the game to play. The lessons it offers to the aspiring entrepreneur are more important and practical than any business game I know.

Getting Unstuck With Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is popular and a very old practice. Science is now unpacking the benefits of mindfulness across many life areas. The idea of being present just where you are and just as you are is a liberating notion. And, it is also difficult to do. Minds don't like being in the present. They prefer to dwell in the past and the future. You can see for yourself if that is mostly true of your experience. It sure is for me. Minds have a hard time being just where we are. But coming back to the present can be enormously beneficial. After all, that is where we are anyway.

Mindfulness Atitude, non-judging

When practicing mindfulness, it is important to recognize this judging quality of mind when it appears and to intentionally assume the stance of an impartial witness by reminding yourself to just observe it. When you find the mind judging, you don’t have to stop it from doing that. All that is required is to be aware of it happening. No need to judge the judging and make matters even more complicated for yourself.

What Does Non-Judgmental Awareness Really Mean?

left alone the brain will automatically judge things as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair, important or unimportant, urgent or non-urgent and so on. This happens so fast that our experiences are automatically colored right when we get to them, so mindfulness is about being aware of that and taking a fresh perspective.