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Collaboration and Shared Leadership

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The state of public education today is a hot topic. On any day, you can hear about how our education system is failing, outmoded, outdated, behind the times and generally terrible. There is constant conversation about how to fix this broken system and not a lot of agreement on the best approach. In North Carolina, a program called A+ Schools […]

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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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Executive Coaching: Creativity in Disguise

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Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle featured an article about Stanford Professor Tina Seelig. Professor Seelig, a 30 year engineering prof and Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program is a creativity guru. Not only does she teach a class on Creativity and Innovation at the “d school” (Stanford’s Design School), she has delivered that class free online to 41,000 […]

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Success Traits of Entrepreneurs: Persistence

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The average startup takes more than 7 years to a liquidity event and has at least 3 pivots. A few years ago I saw an article in the OC Metro Magazine giving awards to the best new companies in Orange County. When I read about the individual companies, not one of them was in business less than 10 years. And […]

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Get A Coach!

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This Inc article by Brian Evje discusses how difficult it is to develop your leadership capacity by yourself. Virtually every high level leader has a coach these days. Not just because it’s a fad but because a neutral, outside view is required to identify the blind spots it is so difficult for us to see ourselves. This same neutral party […]

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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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