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May 1, 2016

Leading a Startup in Stage 2: Operational Validation

By the end of stage one of enterprise maturity, you have refined your original idea, prototyped your product or service, and found real customers for that initial offering. You’ve accomplished the principal task of the first stage -- customer validation.

This week's post on the Entrepreneur website takes the reader in stage two, your principal task is operational validation -- getting up and running as a rudimentary business.

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May 1, 2016

The 4 Stages of Enterprise Maturity: From Startup to Self-Sustaining

In Startup Leadership, I discuss the core concept of the four stages of enterprise maturity. Every enterprise must pass through each stage in order to pass to the next. Attempting to skip a stage invites financial and managerial disaster. This week's post on the Entrepreneur website takes the reader through the four stages in detail.

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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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