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Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest Tea in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff, his professor at the Yale School of Management. The Bethesda, Md.-based company has been continuously recognized for its growth and business practices.

Leadership the "Pulp Fiction" Way

There's a scene in Pulp Fiction (1994) that epitomizes true leadership. John Travolta and Samuel Jackson have killed someone in a car and are panicked as they try to figure out what to do next. They bring in "The Wolf," played Harvey Keitel, who is a legendary,high-priced "problem solver." The Wolf keeps his cool and calmly lays out the common-sense steps: Clean up the car, dispose of the body, etc. It was nothing revolutionary, but amidst the chaos, these basic steps can help people stop freaking out.

Thankfully we haven't gotten ourselves into that kind of situation -- where body disposal is involved -- but sometimes I do feel that my most important role is to keep calm and maintain focus while others get worked up, whether that's about competition, our success or even each other. Sometimes an entrepreneur needs to be able to recognize the basic steps that need to be taken amidst all the excitement.

By Seth Goldman

 |  February 17, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
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I totally agree with this argument. We often use the phrase "bring in the Wolf" all the time at work.

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