Over Achiever - Why Execution Matters If You Want To Change The World

serious photo lg 300Paula Jagemann's method for success is simple: Work until you bleed, do more than is asked and relentlessly pursue solutions that make a difference in people's lives. Like her hero Bono, of U2, this entreprenuer and former UUNET Techonologies, Inc. executive is on a mission to solve massive problems. Be inspired to execute your plan by reading her story as recently published in the new Frederick Gorilla Magazine. 


No Ordinary Tea, No Ordinary "Tea"EO

seth goldmanYou could say Seth Goldman was hungry for success.  Or more accurately, thirsty.

A runner with an entrepreneurial spirit, Goldman longed to find a thirst-quencher that wasn't tasteless but was also not too sweet. Enter Barry Nalebuff, a business school professor of Goldman's whose urge to create a better tea beverage was matched only by Goldman's.  Together the pair launched Honest Tea 12 years ago in Goldman's Bethesda kitchen where they brewed batch after batch of tea. 

Today, Honest Tea has grown from a home-based business to a $70 million global beverage player that Coca-Cola gambled on in 2008 as a minority investor.  Goldman's ready-to-drink beverage concept made Honest Tea a model for gazelle-like growth within what has become a crowded product category.  But that wasn't always the case.  



King of Collaboration, Master of Negotiation

Larry ShulmanTaking Work-Related Stress Levels Down a Notch

When Larry Shulman was in law school, his father told him the only way he would ever get into a law firm was to start his own.  "My father didn't believe that was ever going to happen," Shulman said.  "He was truly frustrated because he expected more of me."

After being turned down by 44 law firms and despite his father's lack of confidence in him, Shulman started his own firm practicing real estate law.  As a matter of fact, he went far beyond his father's expectations by becoming the inadvertent founder and current senior partner in Montgomery County's largest law firm, Shulman Rogers, in Potomac.

Shulman said he never earned good grades in law school until he married after his second year.  Suddenly he was responsible for someone else, and he buckled down.  "My father looked at my grades and said, "You know, it's a damn shame that you didn't get married in kindergarten.'"