How Entrepreneurs Can Escape Idea Volcano Deaths

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”

A Handy Template for Memos Recommendation Change

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”

How StoryBrand Strategy Can Help You Win…By Making Your Customer the Hero

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”

My Top Leadership Lessons from Simon Sinek’s Favorite Book on Parenting

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”

My Favorite 8 Nuggets from “Crucial Conversations,” the Life-Changing Book on Difficult Dialogue

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”

Why I Believe Crowdfunding Platform DonorSee Will Massively Disrupt Big Charity

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”

My Top Ten Books of 2018 for Startup Leaders

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”

A Startup Within a Startup at Sonder

This spring, I joined Sonder, a rapidly-scaling tech company looking to launch their DC market. The company was completely new to me but the opportunity was too exciting to pass up. Sonder aims to provide a unique, yet consistent experience for stays in beautiful hand-picked locations in cities around the world. Each Sonder is purposefullyContinue reading “A Startup Within a Startup at Sonder”

How We Applied Design Thinking To Employee Onboarding At Our Startup

Have you ever been frustrated with the way you were treated by a company as a job applicant? I’m guessing the answer is “yes.” Through my work with multiple startups, I’ve learned that design thinking provides incredible benefits to the organization by leveraging both the organization’s and applicant’s point of views. Step 1: Empathize WeContinue reading “How We Applied Design Thinking To Employee Onboarding At Our Startup”