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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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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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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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How to Recruit Senior Managers that Fit Your Culture

There are few things more frustrating than working with someone who’s the wrong fit.

Hiring well is what defines success, but damn, it’s hard. And firing fast, after you find out things aren’t working, is even...

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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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