Instrument your way to happiness

Much has been written about the stress founders experience in starting and growing a company. Many of us, not just founders, live in a state of ‘fight or flight’. Always on edge. This is particularly so for founders trying to […]

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Hiring is our most important job

Many companies say that their people are their greatest asset. This sounds nice. But for starters, your staff are not an asset. They are portable. More so than ever. They come. They go. But this statement does hint at the […]

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Does your startup need to go on a diet?

When we think of startups, we don’t often think of bloat. After all, ‘lean startup’ is a thing… However, fat comes in many form and startups are not immune. It is a given that over time your company will accumulate […]

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Building your executive team. Part 1: Hiring

As a startup grows, the CEO role goes from doing everything early on to eventually handing off all day-to-day operational responsibility to a leadership team. Given this transition, a key success factor for any CEO looking to grow her company […]

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Do your leaders know what you want from them?

Many, if not most, of my conversations with CEOs end up covering the leadership team. After all, this is how a CEO succeeds – through her leaders. This is her leverage. Pure and simple. Many CEOs are frustrated with their […]

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Removing a ‘once great’ leader

The primary challenge and opportunity for the leaders of high growth companies is to always grow as fast as your company. Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify talks about having to re-qualify for his job every year. This is the right […]

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