DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN FOR A REASON?

How might you complete the following sentence? “It would have been better if…”

Got something?

Here are some ideas:

“… that business/initiative/project had been successful.”
“… I had learned to play guitar as a kid.”
“… so-and-so had wanted to be with me.”

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A LIFE STRATEGY IS AS ESSENTIAL AS A BUSINESS STRATEGY

Realizing workforce potential is an urgent business topic today, yet while many ideas are offered, a sustainable framework remains elusive. Constant change is the new normal; building solutions for HR and organizational design, strategically, must be both simple and adaptive. What defines a modern strategy for creating a highly-optimized workforce? To instill motivation, we need…

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JUGGLING MORE THAN ONE BUSINESS

Serial entrepreneurs are often people with big dreams and even bigger lists of businesses they want to start. It’s easy to want to start several business at once and find that none of them are gaining the traction that you imagined they would. If you find yourself in this situation, the following steps can help…

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GROWING PAINS

“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman I’ve coached individuals across a broad spectrum; CEOs, Managing Directors, Marketing Directors, Account Directors, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Senior Lecturers, Academics, Physiotherapists, Psychotherapists, Coaches…the list goes on! This past year has taught me…

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WHEN CEOs DELEGATE THE WRONG TASKS

As a first-time CEO, as your company grows and the work becomes more complex, and while you have a team to help you with this goal, you’ll notice that fundamentally there becomes two different kinds of jobs to do. The first job is to imagine new ways of growing the company, to forge new strategies,…

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YOUR TEAM IS LESS ALIGNED THAN YOU THINK

What most leaders assume about their organization or about any other person is that they have a much, much greater shared reality and perspective than really exists.  If the person you’re speaking to agrees with your point of view, the natural human reaction is to assume that this agreement extends to alignment on every aspect of the topic.

Let me give you an example. Say a CEO tells his team, we’re going to focus on channel sales because channel is a much higher leverage approach for us….

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KNOW WHEN TO SAY F-IT

I think you need to take more risks.

A client of mine (first-time CEO) was asking me what she should do. Raising her “B round” of funding was harder than she expected, and she was getting tons of feedback from potential investors that a strategic pivot to a more familiar business model might make it easier for them to write the big check.

“I know I could make it work, sell the company in a few years for a decent valuation, and…

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THE DNA OF EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

Are you exploring the possibility of a business partnership? Startup Genome did a study on 50,000 startups and found the companies that grew fastest and were most successful had not one founder, not three founders, but two co-founders. There is a special synergy that can happen through partnership that can unlock more creativity, more accountability,…

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THE #1 MISTAKE ENTEPRENEURS MAKE WHEN STARTING OUT

Today I want to talk about the beginning, when you’re just getting started, when you’re starting a business. What is the common mistake you might make when you’re just getting started? I’ve worked with people from the ground floor of starting literally from scratch, to helping people scale to a billion dollars in revenue multiple…

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