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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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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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Collaboration in the Workplace-We Practice What We Preach

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Guest Blog by Susan Lightner, COO, Leading From Center It’s difficult enough to get a job these days and then, when you do, you are now dealing with different personalities, styles and strengths in your co-workers.  Taking time to learn how others work and in what areas they excel, then blending your strengths with theirs makes for a collaborative workplace. […]

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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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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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