Dave's Essay Collection

How to Motivate a Startup Team

Here's what actually works when it comes to getting the most out of your team.

Have you ever met someone who’s highly motivated at work? Try to picture them now.

You might have a mental image of someone upbeat, someone...

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How Founders Can Negotiate Their Salary

Insights on founder salaries suggest a different way of discussing compensation with the board

If you’re motivated by a high salary, think twice before founding a startup. Even if you manage to raise money from angel or seed...

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How to Foster a Growth Mindset in Your Team

One of the hardest challenges to overcome as a leader is something many people don’t even consider: yourself. Often, it’s not resources, desire or incentives that hold us back. It’s something deeper.

As a coach,...

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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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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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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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How to Set Boundaries With Your Startup

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 Be More Proactive With Your Time

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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How to Lead a Team Through a Crisis

As a young founder, my heroes were the leaders of great tech companies—CEOs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. I’d watch them being interviewed and admire how they seemed to have it all figured out....

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