Are you happy? I mean “really” happy?

In my conversations with CEOs, a common topic that comes up is their happiness. Or lack of happiness. Perhaps you’re wondering how it is that these masters of the universe, founders of companies, in full control (or so it would […]

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The Barbell Approach to CEO Time Management

I don’t envy CEO’s schedules. They serve many stakeholders, all of whom want or need something from them. Without strict focus and prioritization, you end up being an inch thick and a mile wide trying to stay on top of […]

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Where are you compromising?

Compromise: Noun. Examples: settle a dispute by mutual concession. Accept standards that are lower than is desirable. Compromising is a natural part of life. We do it every day. We do it in our personal lives. We do it at […]

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CEO = CCO: Chief Communications Officer

The higher up you are in a company org chart, the more your role is about communication vs. execution. Nowhere is this more true than for the CEO. As soon as you are into scaling mode (post-product-market fit) and you […]

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Don’t be the “Hero” CEO

Founding CEOs hold a special place in the startup culture, and for good reason. After all, it takes a special kind of person to create something from nothing. To see an opportunity and go after it. To persevere through all […]

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How CrossFit made me a better executive

Often when we think of ourselves, we think of our brains and identify wholly with all the chatter going on in there. The fact is our brains are attached to much larger bodies and those bodies are designed (in fact […]

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