Generating ideas can be your greatest strength. It can also be your Achilles Heel. Have you created many business ideas, bought web domains, maybe sketched logos, only to give up on those ideas and try something else? Do ideas seem to erupt in your mind, especially when there’s real work to be done? I callContinue reading “How Entrepreneurs Can Escape Idea Volcano Deaths”
If you’ve identified a problem in your organization and want to propose a new course of action, a persuasive memo can help drive change. A mentor walked me through this convenient template for a logical memo format that can get stuff done. Enjoy! Problem Work from symptoms to root cause by asking ‘why’ Why areContinue reading “A Handy Template for Memos Recommendation Change”
I know you’ve heard it. The never-ending emphasis on feedback. Do it right. Do it often. Have the tough conversations. Give feedback with empathy. Improve relationships, improve performance with feedback. Feedback is almost everything you’re missing. Feedback is widely presented as a near-panacea for improving team performance through smarter interpersonal communication. But it leaves soContinue reading “How Three Research-Backed Coaching Techniques Beat Feedback for Developing Your Team”
So you want something… …to reach more customers and improve your marketing! Whether you’re looking to grow your business or improve your own career prospects, I think “Building a StoryBrand” by acclaimed author Donald Miller will give you a powerful approach to improving your communication. Because actually you have a problem: your messaging is confusingContinue reading “How StoryBrand Strategy Can Help You Win…By Making Your Customer the Hero”
Why is it that successful practitioners are so rarely great teachers as well?
The myriad of business books today seem to either fall into the camp of unqualified writers providing advice they haven’t lived, or successful leaders penning memoirs without much in the way of practical, actionable advice.
“Hypergrowth” is an exemplary book of succinct, actionable leadership advice from some extremely successful marketing product leaders who have scaled multiple tech companies–namely Hubspot and Drift.
When asked “what book should I read for leadership?”, acclaimed speaker and author Simon Sinek often recommends the parenting book “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”. He compares parenting to organizational leadership: “Leadership is like parenting. We have to encourage our kids’ natural capacity and create space for theirContinue reading “My Top Leadership Lessons from Simon Sinek’s Favorite Book on Parenting”
Paddy has demonstrated his leadership and expertise on countless occasions while serving on DonorSee’s Board of Advisors. While thoroughly understanding our organizational realities, he provided precise advice that took us from pre to post-PMF. We are now experiencing substantial growth as Paddy continues to support us by encouraging focus, suggesting practical strategies and tools, andContinue reading “Reviews”
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. -Ambrose Bierce Few books literally change your life as soon as you read them. Crucial Conversations is a famous book among many circles — for good reason. I finally read it in its entirety recently and was blown away by theContinue reading “My Favorite 8 Nuggets from “Crucial Conversations,” the Life-Changing Book on Difficult Dialogue”
Imagine harnessing the irresistible user experience and community-building aspects of social media apps — for pure good. The DonorSee app crowdfunds support for the world’s poorest individuals, and uniquely allows donors to see how their money makes an impact through raw video updates. When I met DonorSee Founder Gret Glyer for the first time, I thought his ideaContinue reading “Why I Believe Crowdfunding Platform DonorSee Will Massively Disrupt Big Charity”
If you’re a startup leader, these are ten book recommendations for you that I found helpful in 2018. Not all were written in the past year; it’s just when I read them. Hope you enjoy my recommendations by category. Any you’d like to add? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Leadership and Self-Improvement Ego isContinue reading “My Top Ten Books of 2018 for Startup Leaders”