There are some situations which are guaranteed to send me into flashbacks of my youth. In this case, flashbacks of my entrepreneurial youth… I was exploring alternative ways to raise some development funding for a new product when a woman investor said to me, “I like your ‘take no prisoners’ attitude.” (Make no mistake about […]Read More Are You Taking Any Prisoners?
If you do all of these, all of the time, you’re probably ready for wings and a halo. Let’s just say the more you try, the less stressed – and more angelic, even – you’ll be. Assume that your staff has the best interests of the organization in their intentions. Be forgiving, even when they […]Read More Ten Tips for De-stressing Leadership
They aren’t leaders now, and they certainly weren’t then, but I learned from them anyway… 1)If people don’t want to play with you, it might be more about them than you. Oh, the tears when someone chose not to invite my offspring to a play date or party! But then they grew up. And last […]Read More Five Leadership Lessons from my Kids
I was neither born nor raised to be a leader. Not the architect of a new technology. Not the founder of a startup company. Not a CEO. When I was born (and this was a very long time ago), there were serious defects in my leadership blueprint. I had two X chromosomes at a time […]Read More Leadership for the Rest of Us
1- Hire the right people and then put them in the wrong jobs. This will be much easier to do if you make sure your job postings bear little or no relationship to the actual positions. For extra fun, put the lead generation tasks under the closer’s job description, and vice versa. This will ensure […]Read More How to Destroy Your Sales Team in Five Easy Steps
“CFO’s don’t bring in money – we force others to bring in money. We then complain that it is not enough and force them to go back out and get some more. When we get money, we hate to part with it and we arm wrestle with those in the organization who think money grows […]Read More What Makes a Great CFO?
“Why does he do that shit?” My caller, an old friend who has learned that I’ll try to answer any question, no matter how complicated, obscure, or expressed with strong emotion, was truly puzzled. When my immediate answer was, “There’s a lot of it going around,” I knew I had heard the same question (albeit, […]Read More Funnels and Filters