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How to Ask Your Team The Right Questions

At University, I studied Mathematical Sciences. Each week, we were given tough maths problems to solve as quickly and elegantly as possible. When somebody didn’t know the answer, they were told the right answer. That’s...

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How Your Biggest Strength Can Reveal Your Biggest Weakness

 

It takes great assertiveness, focus, and hustle to get a new company off the ground. If you’re an early-stage founder, you likely have these strengths in abundance, and if they can take you from Zero to One, they...

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What It Means to Be A Startup CEO

 
On the surface, it’s a simple question: what should a startup CEO actually do? But the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer.

You might be surprised by how many scale-up CEOs come to me seeking clarity...

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How to Build a Long-term Relationship (With Your Co-Founder)

‘Peace is not the absence of conflict, it’s the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.’ — Ronald Reagan.

Conflict is the last thing most of us want, but if you’re building a new company, it...

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Why Big-Bang Rebuilds Always Fail

Startups often feel the need to discard the tech they’re working on and starting over. Here are some of the reasons why this happens . . . and how you can avoid a ‘big bang rebuild’.

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How Agile Applies Outside the Tech Team

Agile management isn’t just for tech teams. Here are ten techniques that any team can use to better cope with an uncertain world.

Startups are chaos. Assumptions and plans are frequently changed, projects abandoned and...

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Why Chiefs of Staff are Taking the Startup World by Storm

A growing number of startup CEOs are hiring a Chief of Staff. Here’s why this hire might be the most important one you make this year.

The majority of investors I know have their own personal assistant to help manage...

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How to Deeply Understand Customer's Behaviour

The most successful founders and product managers often seem to understand their customers better than they understand themselves. Here are some of their best techniques that you can use yourself.

There’s no better way to to...

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Why You Have to Let Your Team Sweat it Out

If you’ve ever felt like you’re being too easy on your team, here’s how and why you should let them sweat—without going too far.

 

It’s hard enough to accept our own failures and shortcomings...

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The 21 Most Common Founder Dilemmas

The most dangerous threats to your business are the hardest to share, and often, no one else gets the full picture until it’s too late.

When you’re a CEO, your mind never fully switches off. From the day you form your...

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