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How Startups Can Automate Customer Feedback

Here is a fast and effective way to create a continuous stream of customer feedback that helps you build a product they will love.

You must have direct contact with your customers from Day One—and there’s nothing like...
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Why Outsourcing Early-Stage Tech Goes Wrong

Why do so many founders run into problems when outsourcing their MVP? Often fingers point to the developers, but the problem is probably closer to home. Here’s my tech war story—and the measures you can take to avoid...

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How to Perfectly Price your Product

Isn’t everything on the internet supposed to be free? It turns out the answer is—not if you’d like to build a business. Here’s why you may be underpricing your product and four concepts that I’ve...

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A Better Structure for Leadership Reporting Meetings

This simple but powerful reporting structure will help your team get straight to the point, increasing transparency and collaboration.

In small, co-located teams, you can get away with a relaxed approach to reporting. Everyone can...

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How to Drive a Culture of Ownership

Do you wish your team took more ownership? Here’s how to get your team to the point where you trust them to get the job done without you.

As a CEO coach I’ve heard statements like these many times:

“My VP just...
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Why Every Manager Should Learn Nonviolent Communication

We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel,”―Marshall B. RosenbergNonviolent Communication

All my biggest regrets as a founder are around not having...

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Why Founders Should Set Clear Limits

How clear is the line between you and your startup? For me, drawing this line has been a huge challenge. After ten years as a founder, I’m sharing three simple ideas that can help you set boundaries with your...

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How to Recruit Senior Managers that Fit Your Culture

There are few things more frustrating than working with someone who’s the wrong fit.

Hiring well is what defines success, but damn, it’s hard. And firing fast, after you find out things aren’t working, is even...

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How to 10X the Feedback in Your Company

Teams that are good at giving each other feedback are faster, more innovative, and often happier at work. Here’s why it’s not enough to just ask for honest feedback . . . and what you have to do to...

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How to Stop Small Issues Becoming Big Crises

If you’ve ever reached the end of the workday only to realise that you haven’t done anything on your original to-do list, here’s what you can do about it.

I have no time to think strategically.’
‘I...
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