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December 08, 2023

How to Create a Company Vision People Want to Follow

Can you answer this question? Better yet, can your entire team answer this question in the same way? Where are we going? Sounds simple, but 99% of teams answer this question in two ways: Old-school...

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December 01, 2023

Fix the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and Become Unstoppable

Most teams are dysfunctional. 🤬 Sorry, it’s true. But don’t take it from me. One of my favorite business authors, Patrick Lencioni, wrote a whole book about it called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team....

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November 10, 2023

Test Your Leadership Skills With 3 Simple Questions

What makes a great leader? It’s a tough question to answer. The stereotypical idea of a leader is more in line with Steve Jobs announcing the next version of the iPhone. But in reality, leaders...

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November 03, 2023

How To Write a Great Mission Statement
(+ 50 examples)

How would you grade your mission statement? Be honest. The reality is that most employees can’t remember their company’s mission statement. This doesn’t mean that the idea behind a mission statement is flawed – far...

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October 27, 2023

10 Worst Pieces of Startup Advice
(And What to Do Instead)

Let’s face it, most startup advice sucks. Just look around the internet for 10 minutes and you’ll see endless “gurus” and get-rich-quick schemes. Even from people that appear credible, like investors and professional coaches. But...

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October 20, 2023

Top 7 Startup Founder Mistakes
(And How to Avoid Them)

Most startup founders don’t share their mistakes publicly. But in this post, I’m going to do the opposite. I founded a software company at 24 years old, and spent the next 15 years growing it...