The THINKER THURSDAYS ‘Zine: The Small Business Survival Edition

A quick catalyst to orient your week a bit more on reading, connecting, and reflecting (Jan. 21'21)

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly ‘zine, THINKER THURSDAYS, a short newsletter exploring one topic from three angles: 3 topical articles, 2 TED talks, and 1 original reflection piece.

Something to think about…

A recent Montana wind storm taught me some survival lessons — as both a Covid-refugee out west and a small business owner. Among them, the importance of staying in your zone, the importance of relationships, and the value of emphasizing long term growth.


(i) New York Times | The NYT looks back at the 2008 Great Recession for ways that businesses can repurpose some survival lessons.

(ii) Inc. | This article explores 5 habits of quality-focused companies and why superior execution is often at the heart of small business success

(iii) Entrepreneur | Pandemic survival involves more than just pivots and budgets. This writer rounds out the list with the topic of leader self care.


(i) TED@BCG London 2015 | World Economic Forum’s Knut Haanaes shares two reasons companies fail — and how to avoid them.

(ii) TED@BCG Paris 2016 | Boston Consulting Group’s Jim Hemerling, introduces 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change.


(i) Some survival truths that a big Montana storm taught my small business.

Thinking with you…!


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Devin D. Marks

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