Founders: Building a Product and Building a Company are Totally Different Things

Founders: Building a Product and Building a Company are Totally Different Things

According to HBS Professor Noam Wasserman’s book “The Founder’s Dilemma” compiled from 10,000 surveys of high growth companies over 9 years, 65% of start-ups fail due to poor senior management, NOT due to problems with the product or marketing efforts.

The takeaway is this: The skills that made you a great founder of a scrappy product-focused start-up are not the same as the skills you will need to make you a great CEO of a funded, growth-focused start-up with over twenty employees.

5 Keystone Habits of Effective Leadership

5 Keystone Habits of Effective Leadership

In my work as an executive coach, I train CEOs and other leaders of start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on developing the daily habits of leadership that will bring them and their companies continued success. Although our work together over anywhere from months to years can cover a number of topics, the building blocks of effective leadership (and effective living for that matter) come down to 5 Keystone Habits.

Trying to Change Things Too Quickly Often Does More Harm than Good

Trying to Change Things Too Quickly Often Does More Harm than Good

No one in their right mind would get up one morning and just start running — unless you’re Forrest Gump, that is. You’d hurt yourself. You’d pull muscles, tear tendons, get huge blisters, and probably not finish anyway. You’d probably just give up and assume you’re not cut out for marathons.

Yet, we engage in this same kind of insanity when we try to change ourselves or our organizations in fundamental ways in too short a time.

12 Tips for Being a Modern Gentleman

12 Tips for Being a Modern Gentleman

I’d like to dedicate this article to my mother. Since the age of 8, my mom would stand in front of a door until I opened it for her. She aspired to raise me as a gentleman, just like her father, my namesake, was.

This article doesn’t simply go through the boring basics of chivalry — it strives to go deeper. There are reasons behind the rules. And then there are ways of thinking about being a gentleman that simply go beyond rules.