Focus is not what you do, but what you choose not to do. Startup CEO Kristo Ovaska learned the hard way to say “No”. He now declines long meetings, non-vital emails, external press requests, speaking engagements, and investor contacts that are not yet needed. This has brought about an entirely new level of productiveness.
12 things that it will always be useful to a leader to do more of. Focus more on opportunities than on problems – Deal more with substance than with appearance – Ask more than you answer.
When employees doubt their abilities, it might be interpreted as a sign of weakness but can be a question of preparation. They might be your strongest employees. How you as the leader encourage them to take the assignment makes all the difference. Watch the video to learn three useful responses.
Great companies are both effective and efficient. Being efficient means doing things in the right way but becoming effective takes strong prioritization.
“Be picky when choosing your Board of Directors – and make them work for you. Tell them your biggest concerns, what you need from them, what concrete actions they can take to help you. Expect them to contribute.”
Jussi Räisänen, HeiaHeia.
Offices are so last century! A distributed team is managed by starting from the top. Go all in online. Manage with vision and culture. Never favor physical proximity. Plan and budget for in-person meetings. State the promise and expectation at hiring. Document and record profusely.
When it comes to feedback, bad news is good news. Encourage customer feedback by saying, “If you have bad news, tell me. If you have good news, tell the whole world.”
No matter what the vessel or who the skipper, to get to the destination you dream of, you need a sail and a rudder. You need a force that pushes the ship forward and you need a mechanism to point the ship in the desired direction. It is that easy, and that difficult. Find your force and find your direction. One day, your dreams will come true.
Culture and values are a top responsibility for CEOs of both start-up companies and large corporations. A company with a strong and consistent culture requires less command-and-control management and empowers employees to take initiative, innovate, and serve customers well, says Fadi Ghandour.
From sense of urgency and patience to adaption and learning from failure. A fast way to become a better leader is by learning from others. Wisdom stemming from decades of doing and thinking can be elegantly expressed in a quote.
If no one challenges the beliefs of the leadership, soon there are no beliefs – only thoughtless, unchanging dogmas. Full consensus leads to utter mediocrity.
Whatever form the business plan takes, here are the seven key things you must understand deeply and present in your investor deck. Success comes from understanding the customer and applying the innovation to a real problem.
Celebrate failure in order to reach success. One of the most successful gaming companies ever, Supercell has a culture of celebrating the learnings from a failure. This encourages experimentation and bold decisions, which leads to more innovation.
Leadership is not something that can be taken. It has to be earned by making the team and its members successful. Here are five things that change when you become a manager for the first time.
How does a professional CEO work with a strong founder? Tom Erickson of of the wildly successful open source company Acquia, commercializing the wildly popular Drupal open source platform shares his advice.
To improve meetings, start from the end. At the end of each meeting, ask the participants to rate it. Over time, the meetings you run will improve.