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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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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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The Secret to Success; Falling in Love, Part II

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Since I wrote Falling in Love, part I, I have noticed a debate raging online about love and success. One perspective is “do what you love”, the other “love what you do”. Both approaches have very adamant proponents. And both have merit. Yet, notice, no one has mentioned “falling” in love. Whether you do what you love or love what […]

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The Secret To Success – Falling In Love

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There are endless opinions on the secret to success. In fact, whole industries revolve around how to be successful. Some say the secret is in the qualities an individual possesses, some say it’s business acumen or experience. For some it’s a specific method or model. Maybe it’s just luck, or perseverance or intelligence, or being in the right place at […]

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You Are Not Your Company!

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You spend the majority of your time working and when you’re not actually working you’re thinking about work, worrying about work, dreaming about work. So it makes sense that work becomes part of you, integrated into who you are. In the past companies actively cultivated this experience because it gave them control if you were a “company man”. Family businesses […]

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