Category Archives: Depending upon others

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?

Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years.  Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)?   This is serious stuff.  If you are looking for money, this question will certainly come … Continue reading

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Non-competes, gray areas, and salvaging a failed purchase

Last week we introduced the subject of non-compete agreements.  Let’s dive a little deeper and present some “gray area” scenarios to consider.  Then we’ll address the success or failure of the buyer with your product… First the obvious case in … Continue reading

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Investors, your board, and you: Who controls strategy?

You’re building a company from your vision and a passion, and lots of people are going to tell you that you have this or that wrong, and that it just won’t work. Business plans rarely survive market contact The truth … Continue reading

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Everyone wants to leave a legacy.

Be honest now.  Have you ever thought of what legacy you’ll leave behind?  If you are an entrepreneur or CEO, surely you’ve thought of how you’ll be remembered by your associates and stakeholders after you move on. Bad boss examples … Continue reading

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Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.

Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit.  For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do … Continue reading

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Can we have fun while doing serious work?

Have you ever noticed how slow time passes when you are in a troubled environment?  Conversely, sometimes you look up at the end of a great day and wonder where the time went. It’s driven from the top Over the … Continue reading

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Are you the bottleneck in your organization?

At many board meetings, I can be counted upon to ask, “Where’s the bottleneck this month?”  Senior management is usually prepared with an answer, and a good discussion of resource availability and application follows.  Sometimes, the bottleneck is not so … Continue reading

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How can you let a talented employee go to pursue a new career?

It is tough to lose your best employees wanting to advance their careers.  Sometimes you can be the coach, helping them even if it means losing them.  And, as in today’s story, sometimes it can mean the beginning of an amazing … Continue reading

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Have you been celebrating each victory?

Here comes another story.  Of course.  This one may be like one or more you have experienced in your company.  It is a story about focus upon the customer, first.  And about reinforcing the culture of the company in support … Continue reading

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The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale

It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. But first. an old friend, Dick Tanaka, gets credit for the 18-month rule.  … Continue reading

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