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June 6, 2018

4 Lies We Tell Entrepreneurs About How To Succeed

A vast industry has grown up in this country to dispense advice to entrepreneurs. Some of that advice is helpful, but much of it is harmful—almost as if designed to make entrepreneurs self-destruct. Consider these four commonly heard recipes for…

November 15, 2016

Startup Leadership Now Available in Japan

As is the case in the U.S., Japan has startup leaders and a great entrepreneurial ecosystem, too. I am excited that Startup Leadership is now available to all existing and aspiring entrepreneurs there.

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March 31, 2016

Wendy Kopp on How to Become the Leader Your Organization Needs

In Startup Leadership, I interviewed Wendy Kopp about her experiences founding and growing Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit which trains and places the nation’s brightest college graduates in public school teaching positions in underprivileged communities to help expand students’…

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January 14, 2016

5 Things Every Great Team Leader Does

The ability to lead teams effectively pays off in almost any endeavor, but it’s particularly critical for innovation and change. From a big picture point of view, think of a team not as a roster of individuals, but as a…

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January 19, 2014

Back With More to Offer

I am back, with a new website and a new book, Startup Leadership. I had to write the book because there are some big misconceptions about how leadership applies to startups, and entrepreneurship in general (that’s the little ‘e’ entrepreneurship as described in an earlier post). In my book I talk about how leadership is the critical ingredient to entrepreneurial success, defined as the ability to take an idea and turn it into a self-sustaining enterprise (e.g. a new company or a new department inside an existing corporation).

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December 16, 2012

Leading an Enterprise in Phase Two: Making it Happen

At the end of Phase One entrepreneurs feel pretty good. They have found real customers for their prototype product or service. In Phase Two entrepreneurs must figure out how to: 1) deliver their product or service, and 2) satisfy customers while finding new customers, and 3) run the enterprise. It does not make sense to invest any time into doing any of these things before you actually know what you’ll be selling and what sort of customers will be buying. Most entrepreneurs never make it out of Phase Two because it requires a great deal of extra effort beyond just delivering products or service one at a time and finding customers one at a time.

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