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The One Word That Hinders Team Alignment

The One Word That Hinders Team Alignment

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Inc. here.

Picture this: you’re in a meeting with the executive team, and someone says, “It’s our most important problem.” Everyone around the table nods.

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Predictable Pitfalls of Founders and How to Avoid Them

Predictable Pitfalls of Founders and How to Avoid Them

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in People + Strategy magazine here.

We have romanticized founders having their “eureka” moments, writing their ideas on the back of a napkin, then holing up in their parents’ basement or their dorm room to start their company. 

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To Drive Operational Excellence, Ask These Three Questions

To Drive Operational Excellence, Ask These Three Questions

Every startup reaches the point where they have learned, they have hired, they have structured. They stop tinkering with their “MVP” and start trying to get customers. They are ready to get things done. At that point these companies have to get excellent at execution.

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3 Questions to Help Startup CEOs have Powerful Start to the Year

3 Questions to Help Startup CEOs have Powerful Start to the Year

Ask your leadership team what they think are some key questions and topics to help make the most of the beginning of the year. Then create a plan with dates and timelines that you all buy in to. This way you can start your beginning of the year sprint knowing you have good structure in place.

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The Trick to Being a Great Leader? Getting Out of Your Head

The Trick to Being a Great Leader? Getting Out of Your Head

All leaders can benefit from more self-awareness and more conscious communication. Recognizing this gap and then managing it is critical for you to become a leader who gets results.

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Scaling Beyond 100 Employees: A Guide to Building the Best Leadership Team

Scaling Beyond 100 Employees: A Guide to Building the Best Leadership Team

As a leader, you need to set your expectations with your executives clearly and to do so you need to make sure you have your own framework. Try assessing your people with the framework 1) Functional Expert; 2) People Leader; 3) Business Leader.

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How to Co-Founder

How to Co-Founder

Building a startup – especially when you start to get traction and grow – is exhilarating! It’s also tough. And stressful. The last thing you need is to feel out of sync with your co-founders. Small problems can turn into larger issues and that puts drag on your company’s growth.

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How To Conduct Performance Appraisals That Aren't Terrible

How To Conduct Performance Appraisals That Aren't Terrible

When you break down performance appraisals into three components you set yourself up for a good process and – even more importantly – the right conversations. Try it during your performance appraisal season.

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