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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 to Develop Talent in Your Growth Startup

The opportunity for startups to grow their own leaders has never been greater.

When your company is scaling, it’s critical to develop your leaders. More staff means more information, more communication, and more people...

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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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10 Communication Techniques Used by Great Leaders

 

Whether you’re leading a meeting, a team, or a company, your ability to communicate can set you apart as a leader. The skill of bringing others along with you, managing difficult situations, and expressing yourself...

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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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