In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way. In fact, leaders are not remembered for their dreams, aspirations, or intentions – they are remembered because they achieved results.
Every startup success is a function of great people, products, and profits. But there is no magic formula on how to bring these together a second time, but there are some good insights on the parameters in a classic startup business parable, Endless Encores.
Why are we perfectly comfortable using money as the metric for startup success at the expense of pretty much every other aspect of our lives? When we use money as the only metric, what other compromises are we making to get there, and frankly, is it even worth it?
How does my reputation as a Founder (not my startup) affect me over the long term? If my reputation is tarnished, where will it hurt me? Where does that reputation really come from anyway and what can I do to develop it?
Very few people know their own leadership style, or strengths and weaknesses, despite their many years of living and working in the real world. To assess where you are, and to unlock your full potential, there are many courses available, as well as seminars and gurus, but a good place to start is a book on the subject, like the classic one from John Mattone, “Intelligent Leadership.”
A refugee from Vietnam, Tim Tran was able to overcome all the adversity in his life and successfully pursue the American dream. His story is a testament to why companies should value diversity and inclusion.
As Founders, we spend an inordinate amount of time setting and pursuing goals, yet the ones that truly matter — the ones that affect us personally — are often amorphous. If we’re spending every waking moment working toward a goal, it stands to reason that our goals should have an insane amount of fidelity.
As a startup advisor and investor, I’ve met many aspiring entrepreneurs, and I often get asked the question, “I have a great idea for a startup – do you agree that it real potential?” They don’t know that most experts agree the person is more important than the idea, yet I’ve never been asked, “I […]
Startups feel like sprints in the beginning, but for any of us who have done this before, we’ve learned that it’s a marathon. We’re judged by our speed when we start — and our endurance when, and if, we finish. When Does “Pacing” Ourselves Start to Matter? Not in the beginning. In the beginning, it’s […]
An honest and candid look at startup challenges to save entrepreneurs some grief and money.