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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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How To Attract Potential Acquirers for your Startup

I was so sure that I would raise the money.

The whole board was convinced too.

After two long years of hard graft, Spotnight—our mobile app to show you the quirkiest places to go out—finally had traction among a...

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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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How to Use Permissions and Commitments to Make Meetings Shorter

Starting meetings with three simple questions can help you control even the most difficult of participants.

Meetings are unavoidable. Team meetings, planning meetings, feedback meetings, one-on-ones, reviews, retrospectives,...

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How Systems of Accountability Help Startups Execute Faster

Making yourself more accountable can speed up your decision making and help you build a stronger business.

Autonomy is liberating. As CEO, it’s up to me to decide what I should focus on today. But this power has a dark...

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