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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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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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Why Founders Need to Put Themselves Before Their Company

Do you ever feel guilty when you’re not working on your startup? You’re not alone . . . and if guilt is stopping you from looking after yourself, it might be worth revising your assumptions.

One afternoon, I had a...

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How to Think Long-Term When Money is Running Out

It’s easy to buy into the ‘overnight success’ story. But in reality, building a venture is a five- to seven-year endeavour. It requires foresight, strategy and a huge amount of patience . . ....

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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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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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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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