Tagged: Leadership

Masterful Use of LinkedIn

I’ve been on LinkedIn for over 10 years and have never seen this before.

Creative Use LinkedIn

This is a classic example of how crafting simple, authentic content can easily distinguish one from the crowd. If the purpose of LinkedIn includes sharing who you are, deepening your relationships, and building your brand, this accomplishes all that and more in one masterful stroke.

Sharing his experiences in this way tells us much about this person:

  1. He’s self-aware, reflecting on his experiences, short-term and long-term.
  2. He’s vulnerable, willing to make those reflections public even if they relate to tough lessons learned.
  3. He’s giving, offering us nuggets of himself that we otherwise would not know. This gift keeps on giving because it also causes us to reflect on our own experiences.
  4. He’s smart yet down to earth, sharing lessons that are simple and pithy and others that are complex and analytical.
  5. He’s humble, proving that he continues to learn no matter how experienced he gets.

Thank you to Phil Nevels for being all these things and more.

The Entrepreneur as Craftsman

It’s not just about the entrepreneur or the startup, it’s about building a great company. It’s about tapping into our basic instinct to do a job well and develop the skills to do so.

Just as a father consistently focuses on doing his job well and keeps trying new techniques to get better. Or a teenager who earned her license and someday must drive in the mountains, through snow, or alongside a caravan of trucks. In each case, the craftsman is dedicated to doing quality work. Continue reading

Think, Act, Communicate

In his book, Start With Why, Simon Sinek shares the idea that great leaders think, act, and communicate based on the Golden Circle.

I’m discovering that Think-Act-Communicate (TAC) is also an effective framework for strategic and tactical planning, particularly for startups and small companies, who don’t need the bloated planning frameworks often used in business. Continue reading

Lean Startups and Passion

It used to be that an entrepreneur came up with an idea that he was passionate about, turned it into a product or service, then went out and tried to sell it. Over time, he would learn whether or not customers would buy it, but the passion kept him going through the ups and downs, twists and turns. To make the business take off required a great deal of creativity, ingenuity, and luck, which helped explain why so many of us used to call entrepreneurship a work of art. Continue reading

Just Show Up

If you don’t, you don’t learn anything. Conversations happen without you, insights occur that you never get access to, and experiences get shared that you may not hear. If you try to catch up, you end up playing the telephone game and get an abbreviated or inaccurate version. And it’s not their fault for being brief or wrong; it’s your fault for not showing up. Continue reading

Make Good Choices

Your business is defined by decisions. Who you hire, where you locate, how you message, what you sell, why you exist. They all contribute to the identity you have and will have – to employees, customers, and yourself. But those are the big decisions and we often take them seriously.

Every day, you’re faced with dozens of others, most of which seem minor but really aren’t. Each one adds a bit more identity to your company, affecting the product, the culture, the brand, the operation. Over time, they add up considerably, to the point where the results are so intertwined, each element seems impossible to pull apart if you wanted to. Continue reading

The Frictionless Startup [revised]

There’s a group of entrepreneurs that fascinates me. They don’t show up at startup gatherings. They don’t get mentioned by the press. And if you bring them up in the community, you get a response of “Who?”.

They’re the ones who realize that all startups compete on a level playing field because they share one common asset – time. The difference is how they use it. They believe in working hard and working smart. Continue reading