Leadership and Management

What Are The 5 Steps You Should Take To Have Great Meetings?

Do you waste too much time in meetings? Do too many of your meetings end up with no actions items? Or do too many of your meetings end up with everyone walking out frustrated? This video walks you through in five easy to follow steps a simple methodology that will help make your meetings much…

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How Can You Use Goals To Push Your Team?

Contrary to popular opinion, your startup team is not going to work 18 hour days, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You will burn your team out, and fast, if you push too hard. So what’s the right amount to push your team, so you’re getting an effort that your team can sustain?…

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How Much Luck Do You Need To Be Successful?

“How many lives do I have left?” I asked myself. My goodness, I’d already survived a ton of near-death experiences, yet we hadn’t even released a product or gotten any funding. Maybe the startup gods were trying to tell me something? But this near death experience was different. I survived this near death experience not…

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What Do You Do When Your Cofounder Is Lying?

The one thing I’ve seen too much of coaching CEOs is problems with cofounders. The most likely problem you are going to face is what do you do when your cofounder is lying to you? I’ll explain the only thing you can do when your cofounder lies to you. More importantly, I walk you through…

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Why Your Need To Keep Your Plans Secret Isn’t Important

“Why did you connect to Franz on LinkedIn?” I emailed my cofounder, “Ken”. Franz was a Senior VP at one of the largest distributors in North America for Semiconductors. We had just signed an agreement with Franz’s company, and I didn’t want it to leak to our largest competitor, Maxim. Ken and I had tons…

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What’s The Best Way To Motivate Your Sales Organization?

Getting your sales organization motivated to sell can be one of the most challenging problems you will face building your company. It’s a true chicken and egg problem. To scale your company’s sales, you need a great sales organization. However, to build a great sales organization, you need to show you have a product or…

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What Is The Most Difficult Part About Building Your Startup?

“The hardest part of building our company will be raising the initial funding,” I naively said to my fellow cofounders. Every one of them nodded their heads in agreement. I continued on with my pep talk. “We’ll be home free once the funding closes. We’ve built businesses like this before. We know what we’re doing,…

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How Do You Turnaround And Rebuild Your Company?

 “Bring us up to your level,” “Bob” the CEO said to me in his office. Bob was pitching me on becoming general manager of one of the company’s three business units. I smiled, we shook hands, and I left his office. The truth was that I wasn’t sold on whether I wanted to work with…

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How You Can Be A Great CEO Without Being A Genius

Do you really have to be a super genius to be a successful startup CEO? The answer is obviously no. Not only can being a genius work against you as a startup CEO, but most of the qualities required to be a successful startup CEO have nothing to do with being a genius. I’ll give…

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