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The Surprising Benefits of Conflict

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Many people dread conflict and actively avoid situations that might be conflict prone. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible if you want to be successful at work. Fortunately, there are some surprising benefits of conflict. Think of a time you got into an argument with a romantic partner. Remember how the conflict was horrible while you were in the middle of it. But once you resolved […]

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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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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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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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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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