3 practical tips on maintaining team trust

3 practical tips on maintaining team trust

Maintaining trust with the team is in my opinion the foundation of leadership. So today, I’m going to share three tips on how to maintain trust day-to-day. 1. Don’t rush meetings I get it. Everyone’s busy and there are fires to fight. Most of us wished the meeting ended 5 minutes ago, so we can all get back to work. However, rushing conversations creates a culture where nothing but the most urgent matters are discussed. Team members will avoid raising up…

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These 3 roles will boost happiness at your growing startup

These 3 roles will boost happiness at your growing startup

Much has been said about a startup only needing engineers to kick start. Yet as growth spurs, a startup team is bound to need people other than techies. People who can manage, sell, build relations with customers, market, strategize… All necessary to build a successful company, adopt a winning strategy. Not just build a product. While most companies will create roles to meet customer needs, not many will consider creating roles for employee needs. Yet they are just as important, if…

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3 tips on staying creative day in, day out

3 tips on staying creative day in, day out

I often find myself unable to dream or think outside the box during business hours. Day in, day out, I’m stuck in a ritual of fighting fires and managing chaos. Yet the startup relies on everyone, including myself, to innovate. So what to do? I’ve experimented with many different strategies to this effect: From watching a TED talk every morning to working at a coworking space once a week. Here are three tactics I’ve had success with: 1. Work somewhere else…

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A little bit of success is dangerous for startups

A little bit of success is dangerous for startups

It can be dangerous to think we’ve made it. Over my startup career, I’ve witnessed many instances where a little bit of success masked important problems and triggered precocious scaling. Resulting in costly mistakes. The following are three scenarios I’ve learned to watch out for. 1. Positive feedback ≠ Guaranteed sale Most startup founders have talked to at least one prospective client before building a product. If not a prospective client, then maybe an investor or industry expert. Insight from these individuals…

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Do you know “What you want to accomplish in your role?”

Do you know “What you want to accomplish in your role?”

I regularly ask this question to team members, colleagues, friends, and even my spouse. Why? Because I believe a clear goal should guide each step we take, every minute that we spend. I believe in living consciously. Ironically, in modern life, we tend to have the clearest visions when we choose to let loose, to get away from work, to go on vacation. Our weekend and vacation plans are sometimes more structured than our career plans. How do I know this? One in two…

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