Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

Three qualities of a great leader

By Dave Berkus There are lots of ways to measure a great leader.  Here are three that should resonate with you as leader and with those who follow you.  These qualities are applicable whether you are leading your company or … Continue reading

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Don’t make assertions that will later prove untrue.

Sometimes it is easy for someone at the top of an organization to make a statement that, in the enthusiasm of the moment or to make a point, crosses the line between fact and fiction.  Sometimes it seems to you … Continue reading

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Why bother with a board of directors?

I hope you enjoy this new format – with its larger type and easier navigation. – Dave No matter what your size, if you intend to grow your business into more than just a lifestyle workplace, you should create a … Continue reading

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It’s about time!

While we are revisiting the issues raised by my (newly revised) book, Extending the Runway, we should examine the challenges to a CEO in making use of enterprise time, one of its most valuable and often misused assets. Enterprise time, as opposed … Continue reading

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Stealing time

It’s a big issue within any company.  With easy access to Internet shopping, games, social networks and more, employees are able to find many ways to focus on personal issues while at work, detracting from productivity and demonstrating a dis-respect … Continue reading

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Some great coaches are younger than you are.

Especially for social media-based businesses, we all need to recalibrate our thinking about who is the teacher and who is the student.  There is nothing wrong with a manager slowing a conversation to ask for more background when speaking to … Continue reading

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Two very powerful words: Great job!

The best managers we all know are the ones who take the time to praise good work in public, before an employee’s peers.  Most of us have a monthly award for the top person in a group of employees. And … Continue reading

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“Over-welcome” your new employees.

A CEO friend of mine who manages her one hundred person remote workforce as a virtual company told me her story of how she welcomes new employees as she grows her firm. Strike that. She over-welcomes her new employees. Days … Continue reading

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Don’t be defensive, but defend.

When meeting with investors, during the period devoted to feedback after your presentation, you will hear comments and recommendations that don’t resonate with you. Some will be from a misunderstanding of your explanation. Some listeners will challenge your assumptions. Some … Continue reading

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Find your champion.

If you seek funds from an organized investment group such as an angel fund, venture capital entity, or even an investment club, the first thing you want to do is to find one person to buy into your vision, become … Continue reading

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