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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 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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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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The Role of Celebration in Scaling Your Startup

Acknowledging your team’s hard work can have a powerful effect on morale and output. But when there’s nothing obvious to celebrate, recognizing the small wins can make all the difference.

It took six months...

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How To Pitch Your Startup With A Story

Facts tell but stories sell. The following storytelling techniques will transform your pitch narrative from flat to fantastic.

Do you know the most effective way to present your business idea?

I’m not talking...

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How to Raise Money for your Startup in 2019

If you want to be one of the 15% of seed-funded tech companies that raise a Series A, keep reading.

In this essay, we’ll run through my Top 36 fundraising tips. But first, let’s make sure we’re on the same...

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The Most Common Mistake Startups Make About Agile Management

Move fast. Speed is one of your main advantages over large companies.” Sam Altman, CEO, YC Combinator

Move fast? Easier said than done.

Every founder knows that familiar feeling of ‘moving too slowly’...

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