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Authenticity

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You might wonder what authenticity has to do with starting or growing a business? Authenticity creates trust. And investors have to trust you to give you money. Employees have to trust you to even hire on in the first place and then follow your lead. It will probably even be hard to get started if people don’t trust you. Would […]

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The Fish Starts Thinking From the Head

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  What does that mean? Take a look at this brief interview clip as Christian Rommel, former CSO, Intellikine uses this German phrase to describe the value of leadership development. Enjoy!           Be sure to view all of my interviews with Christian for candid, leadership insight. Leading From Center Profiles in Leadership Success – Executive Coaching […]

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People Skills: Required for Growth.

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Now lots of you in the startup world have a high IQ. And yes. Being really smart helps a lot, especially when you’re starting a business. IQ is not enough though, to grow a business. What’s essential for growing a business is emotional intelligence. Growth requires managing relationships – Board, investors, team. It requires handling conflict, sometimes nasty ones. It […]

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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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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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Not Growing A Company. Building it

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I was just reading in this month’s Fast Company (another) article about Steve Jobs. But it wasn’t about Apple—it was about Jobs’ years away from Apple. The writer, Brent Schlender talks about how Jobs became a “corporate architect” during those years with Next and Pixar. I think this was a fundamental key to Jobs’ subsequent success at Apple. He learned […]

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