How to Get Over Childhood Resentment With Your Parents

One day, after my first year of college, I came home and proposed to my parents that we have a real relationship. I had always been grateful to have them, but I had never really made the choice actively to have a relationship with them. I promised to always be loving, speak my truth, and […]

How To Relate To Anybody

My father’s ability to speak to different audiences in a language that was familiar to them has always stuck with me all of my life. Individually, we all have the ability to chose how we relate to the people we are with. Prioritize connecting with others. Demonstrating that desire to meet people where they are […]

Entrepreneurship, Business, and the Freedom to Work On Your Own Terms

Running your own business isn’t about throwing around stacks of $100 dollar bills. It is about taking ultimate responsibility, doing the work necessary, and making hard decisions. When you run your own business or work for yourself there an essential element that we don’t talk enough about. Freedom. It gives you the freedom to set […]

What Is Resistance?

Steve Pressfield coined to term “Resistance” in his incredible book “The Way of Art”. When it comes to any job, you have to do the work. If you are putting on events, you have to sell tickets. If you are writing a book, you have to sit down and write. Everything else, in many ways, […]

What’s Your One Thing?

We are all so busy, distracted, and distract-able. We are surrounded by social media and news pulling us in a million different directions. The solution to that is very simple: identify the one thing that you need to do right now to move forward whatever you are trying to accomplish, and do that one thing. […]

How I Came To Love Learning

One of my earliest memories at 8 years old, is trying to keep up with my father as he ran his very first marathon. I was heartbroken that I could only make it about 200 yards compared to his 26.2.  All of my life, my identity has really been tied to my physical exploration. I […]

Learn to Move by Going Small

If you want to change a behavior long term, make sure you celebrate the small victories. Reward yourself for your success – no matter how tiny or ridiculous – and you will be more likely to repeat that action again in the future. Even if it feels silly to do, the first step to make […]

How to Change Your Behavior | Step 1: Start Small

There are things for each of us that we want to improve, behaviors that we want to change. The first and most important step is to start small. Whatever new habit you want to establish is, make it as small as possible (and then smaller still). BJ Fogg, PhD, uses the example of flossing. If […]

How to Start the Fitness Habit? Take small easy steps to make it stick

“Behavior design”, a term coined by BJ Fogg, PhD., means how to design behaviors to them easier to adopt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._J._Fogg I think about this a lot in fitness and in movement. Like most people, there have been many times that I have joined a new gym and then only gone one time. These days, I […]

The Fitness Habit

We have all been told to exercise more. “Just do it”. Get more fit. Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry built around shame. And yet, wellness is the foundation upon which our emotions, intellect, and spirituality all rest. Getting physically strong allows us to better support ourselves and everyone in our lives. I recommend you […]

Brave New Work with Aaron Dignan

Our most trusted and important institutions – in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, and beyond – are struggling. They’re confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made them strong are liabilities in an era of constant change. Welcome back to another episode of the Robin Zander Show! I’m thrilled to share today’s […]

How To Sell (By Only Selling To People Who Are Already Bought In)

I would like to share some great advice I once got from Professor B.J. Fogg at Stanford. He told me to never sell to people who don’t already want what you are selling. Trying to persuade people who don’t want what you are offering is a waste of time. Instead, focus on selling to those […]

How to Sell Anything – What Most People Get Wrong about Sales

Selling has a bad reputation. Most us think about “used car salesmen” kinds of selling and there is plenty of that! At Robin’s Cafe, we used to get dozens of calls every single day from start-ups trying to pitch us on “We’re Yelp, but for Cafes” or the like. My baristas would have to answer, […]

Fear Is My North Star

I’ve realized recently that fear is my North Star. Whereas most people shy away from things that they are scared of, I frequently go towards my fears or use them to adjust course. In the same way that the literal North Star is guide, showing travelers which way is north, what I fear provides me […]

Memento Mori: Remember Death

How would you live your life differently if you knew you were going to die tomorrow? We’re all so busy rushing through our lives that we sometimes forget to pause and remember that we have fleeting time on this earth. Watch this short vlog for a reminder to be grateful for what you do have […]

I’m Scared to Start (Doing The Only Work That Matters)

Realizing I was hiding from the real, necessary work to make an event successful, I made the definition of “success” much smaller. In this short podcast, I share the simple change I made to make the barrier for success much lower, and thus easier to achieve.

What I Learned Going from $50,000 a Year to $50,000 per Month

Money is not a topic that we discuss easily. It’s not something that I was taught in school or that we talked about around the kitchen table in my family. But I have learned that money is a skill that can be learned and practiced. Prior to opening Robin’s Cafe, the most I’d ever earned […]

How to Foster a Culture of Belonging at Work

How do you foster a culture of belonging? This is a very simple tactic that has made a world of difference within my own organizations, and that I’ve been helping other leaders apply within their companies. This article is about the importance of one-on-one meetings. Taking the time to get to know each person within […]

The Biggest Regret From Selling My Cafe (Isn’t What You Think)

A few weeks ago, I sold Robin’s Cafe. I sold my cafe after spending almost 3 years building it up from nothing. When I began Robin’s Cafe, there was a parking lot across the street. Today, that parking lot is literally a park and a playground. I was able to grow the cafe because of a […]

Have You Always Wanted To Own a Cafe? (Hint: Don’t)

It has been almost 3 years since I began Robin’s Cafe, as a service to the attendees of the conference I was running onsite. I wanted coffee and sandwiches for our conference attendees, saw an opportunity to serve the neighborhood, and on 3 weeks notice, opened a cafe. Now, 3 year later, I have learned […]

Lessons Learned Building (and Selling) Robin’s Cafe

I want to say a couple of words about today’s post and a new format I’m exploring for both The Robin Zander Show podcast and this blog. Over the last 3 years, I’ve conducted over 200 hours of interviews, many of which have ended up on the podcast. I love conducting interviews, and I have […]

Larissa Conte on Ritual and Transformation

Larissa Conte is a systems coach, ceremony designer, and rites of passage guide through her business, Wayfinding. She also works with The Ready doing organization transformation to fuel the future of work. Larissa specializes in facilitating transformation and alignment across scales to foster power that serves. With deep experience in the energetics and mechanics of […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 10, Conclusion

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: To tackle 21st-century challenges organizations may need to […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 9, Diversity and Inclusion

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: You might think that disruptive, forward thinking, companies […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 8, Transparency

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: Lessons in Transparency Just Try It On Not […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 7, How to Experiment

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: How to Experiment Experimentation is at the heart […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 6, Controlling and Empowering

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: Characteristics of a Cult—or Any Poorly Run Company […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 5, Leadership

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. — Here’s an excerpt: Each person must determine how they will lead, […]

Responsive Audiobook: Chapter 4, How We Organize

I’m excited to share a chapter of my book, Responsive: What It Takes to Create a Thriving Organization. The full audiobook version of Responsive comes out in late September 2018, but in the meantime, I am excited to share it in podcast form. Here’s an excerpt: In the past there were big and complex tasks […]

Chris Fussell & Rachel Mendelowitz of the McChrystal Group at Responsive Conference 2016

I hope you enjoy this talk from Responsive Conference 2016 with former Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Chris Fussell (@fussellchris) alongside Rachel Mendelowitz (@rachelowitz) as they discuss “Team of Teams” and new ways of organizing companies of the future. Alongside General Stan McChrystal, Chris runs the McChrystal Group – an organizational design consultancy […]