Dave's Essay Collection

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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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 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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How Founders Guilt Can Lead to Poor Performance

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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Nonviolent Communication for Startups

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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