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Three Ways To Spot A Leadership Problem

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Despite your seat at the table as an investor or board member, you have a rather limited view into the workings of your growth company. Sure, you meet regularly with the executive team, review its reports, and crunch through its numbers – but you have virtually no idea what it’s like to work with them, or for them, on a […]

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Better than the Golden Rule

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The Golden Rule suggests that “treating others as you want to be treated” is the best way to operate as a human being and thus, as a successful businessperson. And yes, it’s much better than treating others as “less than” yourself. Being demanding, rude, inconsiderate, pompous, condescending or less than polite certainly won’t make you any friends or encourage others […]

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Change your thinking to change…everything

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The most well known, concrete form of behavior change is behavior modification. Remember Pavlov’s dogs? Easy to understand, this time-honored approach to behavior change is favored by parents and companies alike. Rewards and punishments play a central role. They can be tangible, like earning a bonus or losing your allowance, or they can be emotional like “I’m so proud of/disappointed […]

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Leadership Land Mines

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As a leader, have you ever done something that later blows up in your face? It seems innocuous at the time. Then BOOM! Of course, we’ve all done that. Marty Clarke has written a smart book outlining some of these Leadership Land Mines. I picked up his book this week from my reading pile. (It had been on the pile […]

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Learn to develop trust. It will be worth your effort!

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I spend lots of time talking and working in the startup/growth company world as a coach, advisor and investor. I am continuously amazed at the lack of attention to the people side of the business. The focus is on product or drug development, technology, business strategy, marketing. All important, yet all on the very tangible, concrete side of the business. […]

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Startup Growth: Building the Airplane While Flying it

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There is a mystique around startups. It’s the current coveted way of life. The innovation, creativity, fun, the possibility of huge financial success. Yes, it’s all true. But there’s another side. The adrenaline driven, scare your pants off urgency of startup life. Christian Rommel, former CSO of Intellikine describes it as “Building an airplane while flying it,” and talks about […]

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Mavericks, Gamblers and CEOs

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Guest post by LFC coach Mary Ann Rettig-Zucchi   By their very nature, most entrepreneurs are mavericks and gamblers at heart. They are drawn to the promise and possibility of creating something new. Undaunted by the inherent risk and uncertainty, they would rather strike out on their own uncharted path than follow a well-worn one in an established organization replete […]

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The Golden Globes of Leadership

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Watching the Golden Globes last night, I was struck by how much time, attention and money goes into TV and movie entertainment. And I’m wondering why we don’t have a big award ceremony for Leaders. Certainly leadership is as important as entertainment. We could all dress up in our best business clothes (or t-shirt for you startup folks), eat and […]

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Be smart, not SMART

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Happy 2013! It’s that time again. Resolutions and goal setting are the standard for this time of year. The number of ads for weight loss items is staggering. My gym was full to overflowing on New Year’s Eve day with people getting a jump on their resolutions. But I’m pretty sure that by late January the gym will be back […]

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Flash of Brilliance

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The current business-speak is all about innovation, innovation, innovation. Whether you’re the leader of a Fortune 100 company, an executive of a high-growth company, or an entrepreneur, innovation is likely to be key to your business approach. Yet where do these disruptive, new ideas come from and how do you dream them up? Working with many stellar scientists and technologists, […]

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