As the mother of a teenage boy who is starting to express an interest in girls. And as the co-founder of a startup who is forming business partnerships.
What have I learned?
There is little difference. At least when it comes to dating.
I won’t go into any details about my teen’s life. But, flashbacks to my own young adult years have taught me that little has changed. Whether dating or pursuing business partnerships.
This is how prospective business partnerships work.
You notice a prospective business partner.
You see common attributes between their organization and yours. You like what they…
A dark winter is approaching, especially if you live in the upper Midwest.
Even darker than the winter Joe Biden warned about in his final presidential debate.
Snow is on the ground, the air is damp, and the sky is gray. But, our darkest days are yet to come once daylight savings time ends.
Meanwhile, the flu season is looming and COVID-19 cases are soaring.
For all of you who are entrepreneurs working, parenting and schooling at home, this means no end is in sight.
While we can’t always control the events of our external world, we can control a…
Warning: This is not the advice I would give just anyone who is running a company.
Especially not a large one.
Nor would I give this advice to a company that is successfully past the launch phase and well into growth and profitability.
In fact, if you are a leader in any organization, except a new startup, this advice is reckless.
But, if you’re a new founder with a big vision. And if you have plans of creating a good-sized business that’s more than a solo venture.Or, …
When you think of “startup,” what comes to mind?
Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Jeff Bezos, and Brian Chesky?
They had it easy, right? A good idea easily converted into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
Unfortunately, the success of billionaire entrepreneurs has romanticized the view of starting a new business. Even if they are massively successful today, they likely had their struggles in the early stages, too.
So for all of you new founders, take note. Regardless of the industry, starting a new company is far from a fairy-tale experience.
Your young company is like a new baby.
Congratulations. You’re launching a new startup.
The excitement is all consuming. You are leading a new organization with a novel idea and an energetic team. You imagine wild success from an irresistible new product that has high demand and delighted customers. You fantasize about a plush bank account.
You share the company’s vision with your family. You even dream about success when you sleep.
As you begin work with your new team, you’ll soon see a pattern.
First, initial excitement.
Eventually, your team will disagree and maybe squabble.
Then, everyone makes up. …
Entrepreneurs love an adrenaline rush.
Whether designing a strategy, pursuing a new customer, or negotiating a deal, it’s energizing to pursue big and lofty goals.
But the adrenaline rush seldom lasts forever.
Most startups and businesses inevitably experience a plateau, a dip, or a slow period. It can be seasonal. It can be that a product is in development. Or, in my case, it’s the “hurry up and wait” period as we pursue financing.
The relentless pandemic doesn’t help. Nor does the economic downturn.
If you are a fast-paced business owner, these sluggish cycles can be grueling. But don’t despair…
For those of you who want to launch a company, I’m going to spare you one duty.
I know you’re busy.
You’re going to have plenty to do with getting your organizational documents ready and filing your business registrations.
You also need to test your idea.
Of course, you’ll need to identify customers.
And, hire a team.
Plus, you have to figure out how to either bootstrap your initial work or raise investor money.
So, as you’re putting the pieces together, forget one duty.
Don’t fixate on titles.
In fact, don’t think about them at all.
I’m not talking about…
Hundreds of leadership books are released each year.
Many have great ideas and often notable authors.
You buy them. You read some. You scan others.
Do you experience the same problem that I do?
You like the content, but feel overwhelmed with all of the ideas and advice?
Or, maybe the plethora of tips just blurs together.
As an avid read of business and leadership books, some of which I recently shared, I relish the advice and guidance. I love the profound ideas.
Still, a bookshelf of resources — whether physically or electronically — can leave you wondering what book…
Ready to jump start 2021 with some new resources? If so, don’t scan the latest best seller list—at least, not yet.
Other books beckon, some that were written a decade or two ago.
I have a special section on my bookshelf for some oldies but goodies. I’ve read these books multiple times. I’ve given them as gifts.
But, most importantly, I use them regularly as a resource. I open a chapter or two when I’m stuck with a problem, feel stressed out, or need a new idea or different way of thinking.
Whether you are a parent, a business leader…
Have the first two weeks of 2021 already felt like a year?
After a stunningly hard 2020, you are probably wondering how 2021 could get any worse.
I hear you.
In fact, you might be wondering why you want to be saddled with New Year’s resolutions that are hard to keep. But, even if your resolutions are already wearing on you, keep one thought in mind.
How do you want to continue to grow?
Even in trying times, personal growth is a must. Especially when you are an adult.
Without the rigor of new classes every semester, or final exams…