Leadership Under Pressure aka Emergency Leadership

Leadership Under Pressure aka Emergency Leadership

Leadership Under Pressure, a k a, Emergency Leadership Oct. 11, 2016 — How do you make decisions under pressure? Leadership under pressure is not analysis paralysis. How do you move from analysis to action? In emergency leadership, you have to act, and you have to remain composed under pressure to ensure you have a positive outcome, or at least to find the path to the best outcome a situation...
What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Being A Better Business Leader

What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Being A Better Business Leader

What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Being A Better Business Leader Playing sports at an elite level requires commitment, humility, perseverance, and other attributes similar to those of great leaders. In fact, elite athletes can tell us a great deal about how to be better leaders, says Stan Beecham, author of Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success...
10 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

10 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

10 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs – markITwrite In the past few years, it’s begun to feel a little like entrepreneurship is solely the domain of tech start-ups. Silicon Valley is the place to be if you want to attract the kind of funding that makes worldwide news and at times, it seems that a product doesn’t even have to be very good in order to obtain 6-figure...

The Best Business Tips I Never Received (But Wish I Did)

What are the best business tips you have ever received? Sometimes it just takes a few words that deeply resonate with you to help you see clearly the path forward. Most of the time though, as entrepreneur, it’s more about a confused and doubtful state of mind than about ah ha moments. You have to sort through all the business tips you received, mostly unsolicited, and all the business ideas your busy mind generates around the clock. These are the most valuable business tips I have never received (but wish I did)   Success takes unambiguous hustle Hustle doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the business world. When you hear the word hustle, you may think of a less-than-legit street deal or of your favorite basketball player hustling up and down the court. In business, if you are afraid to promote your business outside of your comfort zone, if you do not build that prototype with whatever you have, even if it looks like a kindergarten project, etc., you are not hustling.  Let me clarify this: true hustle is an act of focus, not a frenzy. Why is focus so important? Focus is the framework for all thinking: learning, reasoning, problem solving and decision-making. Hustle is like math: some are born hustlers but others have to study hard to acquire this necessary technique.   “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you” ~ Mark Cuban Hubris is more dangerous than ignorance Founders are usually convinced that only they can lead their startup/company to success. There is some truth to...

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Prepared to Survive a Contagious Zombie Outbreak

My first question to entrepreneurs is what makes their company different and I cannot tell you the number of times I hear: “We are an easy-to-use software with all the tools you need.” “We are a one-stop shop.” Nobody cares! That’s just the honest truth. It just means that compared to competitors you’ve put things together. Why is that important to your customers? The human brain is built to minimize effort. We rely heavily on what we know, on how we are used to do things and on what we expect them to be. Unfortunately, this means that other people (customers, employees, partners, etc.) aren’t making much of an effort to understand you, your product or your company. As leaders, it is your job to ensure that the company’s purpose is really being heard, so you can have the impact you deserve. That’s what strategy does: It determines what the company’s identity will be, why it will matter, and to whom. Stop thinking about it as a dusty plan sitting on a shelf. Strategy is the beating heart of your company. Most entrepreneurs go through their day in a zombie-like trance, lacking purpose and ultimately causing the contagion of apathy on everyone around them. As a result, many businesses fail due to the consequences of their unintentional actions. Entrepreneurs can learn a great deal from taking preemptive measures to avoid the spread of this infectious self-sabotage. Here are my tips on surviving a contagious zombie outbreak.   Assume everyone is contaminated It is totally acceptable to be paranoid! In today’s connected world, our daily media consumption is such that it has turned...