The Founder’s Dilemmas, Noam Wasserman, March 6, 2012
By Sam Lam, MD
The EO Dallas March Learning Event was held in the morning at the Westin Galleria on March 6, 2012, and featured renowned Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, Noam Wasserman, who discussed some excerpts from his upcoming book, The Founder’s Dilemmas. What motivated Wasserman were not case studies of success but those of failure and why the majority of business ventures that despite garnering the attention of Venture Capitalists still fail to succeed. He concluded that 35% of cases fail due to product failure or market problems, whereas 65% fail due to a problem with the senior-level management team.
A big thanks to Real Love Coach Dr. Greg Baer for an entertaining and life changing three hour Real Love workshop at EO Dallas. Our EO Dallas member, Dr. Sam Lam provides this excellent recap of Dr. Baer’s message! Also, make sure to see great pictures from the event on the EO Dallas Facebook page.
Dr. Greg Baer, The Real Love Doctor
By Sam Lam, MD
The former surgeon, Dr. Greg Baer, gave an invigorating, heartfelt, and life-changing discussion of what constituted real love. He opened with the remark, “If you get this, everything in your life will be different.” Speaking at the Adolphus hotel on February 7, 2012, Dr. Baer spent an hour giving the basic outline of his talk and then went on to interview many of the EO couples who braved his scrutiny and submitted to some onstage counseling.
EO Dallas member Dr. Sam Lam has put together this fantastic write up of the Victoria Medvec negotation event. It reads more like the Cliff Notes, so its a great refresher if you did not take as comprehensive notes at the meeting. Click read the full post below.
Also, the feedback from Dr. Vicki Medvec’s negotiation workshop has been excellent and we’re so glad so many of you got to enjoy and learn from the event. The good news is that the feeling was mutual and, Dr. Medvec has already agreed to return next year. The tentative date is Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 and we’ll send the final details as the date gets a bit closer. It will be a great opportunity to refresh what you’ve learned, look at new case studies and train new members of your team!
By Sam Lam
On Monday, November 14, 2011, at Hotel ZaZa, we celebrated 10 glorious years of service by an amazing chapter administrator, Julie Nelson, who happens also to be the longest serving administrator in the history of EO in the world. She was honored sequentially by a cadre of past presidents of the Dallas Chapter and well she should be, as she has helped steer Dallas to be one of the premiere chapters in all of EO.
After our braised short rib dinner (which I enjoyed last time we had it there too), James Stevenson gave a riveting speech on David Allen’s book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, of which we all got a copy. The focus of his talk was to get ideas that plague your mind onto an organized to-do list so that you do not have your energy drained by these constant ruminations.
By Sam Lam
Scott Seamans, the founder of Crocs shoes, spoke at our recent Dallas EO learning event held on September 13, 2011, at the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Continuing the interview style that the learning chair, Dave Lesh, began a few meetings ago, Seamans recounted his ascent in the shoe business that culminated in an initial public offering for his company and told of how his shoe became the best selling shoe of all time despite never having been in the shoe business before.
An avid boater who had already retired at an early age from a previous entrepreneurial endeavor, Seamans was disgruntled by the shoe wear designed for boating. He found Top-Siders would get moldy after use and so he sought a product that could fill a void in the marketplace. As the chief designer throughout his stint at Crocs, he came up with the original design of the product, the name, and the subsequent models in order to create the perfect boat shoe. His hope was to sell 20- to 30,000 pairs of shoes a year but that dream quickly transformed into over six million pairs a month.
It was a great, fun filled and educational afternoon getting some more information about the 4% Project taking shape at the George W. Bush Institute. Dr. Sam Lam did a very nice summary of the event in his blog which I have included below. In addition I would like to add we had a great time meeting our new legal SMR Michael Newman from Gardere Wynne, hearing from David Lester at Gallini and Lester and greeting new guests and perspective members. Enjoy the blog.
Nina Vaca July EO Event, Dallas Chapter
By Sam Lam
Nina Vaca, the founder and head of Pinnacle Technical Resources, opened her talk by saying, “I’m just an ordinary woman with extraordinary dreams.” Her dreams brought her from helping in her family’s travel agency business to starting her own staffing company that steadily grew over the past 15 years from a $2 million business to a staggering $200 million enterprise.
The July EO event was held at the Filter Building bordering White Rock Lake and featured a novel new format that started with a speech that was followed by a casual interview. Vaca’s speech was mainly focused on her roots as the middle child of five children by two immigrant parents from Quito, Equador, who embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and who ran several travel agencies in Los Angeles. She said she learned about “perseverance, work ethic, family, and faith” but nothing could prepare her for her father’s murder in his travel agency when she was only 17 years of age, leaving the family without any life insurance policy. Forcing her to grow up fast, she worked tirelessly to support the family business after high school deferring her dreams to attend college.
What a great night listening to Nina Vaca tell her entrepreneurial story. Starting from childhood through today as the founder of Pinnacle Technical Resource Staffing, a $200MM a year IT staffing firm. The audience loved it and we all had a great time. Some of my favorite tips from Nina were...