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September 22, 2015

Fortune: 4 misleading signs of entrepreneurial success

"For entrepreneurs, it’s hard to know when to call what you’ve started a success; after all, the danger lies in the many definitions of success. Those who adopt a misleading definition are at risk of working very hard to win the wrong race."

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July 13, 2015

The Two Faces of Entrepreneurship

First it was The Social Network, the frenetic film about birth of Facebook. Then The Internship, a cinematic valentine to Google with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Then a biopic of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, then the sitcom Betas from Amazon. Lately, it’s HBO’s Silicon Valley, a very funnysend-up of the Bay Area start-up world from the creator of Beavis and Butt-head.

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June 3, 2015

How to Write an Action Plan for Your Personal Leadership Strategy

To transform an idea into a self-sustaining enterprise, you must possess self-awareness, understand the basics of enterprises, know how to build relationships, how to leverage motivation, and how to lead change. A personal leadership strategy, or PLS, is a plan of action for acquiring and mastering those basic skills.

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May 6, 2015

WSJ: Wising up to Failure

Brian O’Kelley used to be good at getting fired from startups — even startups he founded. Less than a decade ago, he was on a trajectory to become one of the smartest people who nobody wanted to work with.

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April 7, 2015

Staying a Step Ahead Without Leaving Your People Behind

Ask an entrepreneur about the company’s strategy and you are likely to hear a lot about a revolutionary idea, a disruptive innovation, or maybe an ingenious business model. All of those things are worthy pursuits, but entrepreneurial strategy, in its essence, is profoundly simple. The overriding goal is to get the fledging enterprise to the next stage of maturity. Any activity that isn’t focused on getting to the next stage is a waste of effort, time, and money.

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March 31, 2015

Five Steps for Creating a Personal Leadership Strategy

The fledgling entrepreneurs I mentor often have no shortage of strategies: ambitious business plans, technology strategies, market strategies, and sometimes even exit strategies. But when I ask them to describe their personal leadership strategies they often give me blank looks. A personal leadership strategy, or PLS, is a plan of action for acquiring and mastering the skills required to take an idea to a self-sustaining enterprise: self-awareness, the basics of enterprises, relationship building, motivation, and change leadership.

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