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6 Tips for Protecting Your Startup

This is a guest blog post by Erika Rykun. Erika is a content strategist and producer who believes the power of networking and quality writing. She’s an avid reader, writer, and…

The Power of Wandering: Lessons from the 2018 Amazon Letter to Shareholders

Since his original 1997 shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos’ shareholder letters have become known as valuable resources that could feel right at home as material for an MBA course. The 2018…

Themes, Not Goals – What Most Startup Leaders Get Wrong About Annual Planning

It’s resolution season, which means many of us are making declarations about how many books we’ll read or how many pounds we’ll lose this year. The ball descends on December…

The Friday Note Challenge

If you are a CEO or other company leader, I have a challenge for you: spend the next 8 weeks writing Friday notes to your team. You don’t have to…

Ready to Embrace Transparency? Keep These 3 Things in Mind 

Much has been written about the benefits of organizational transparency, but some startup founders are still slow to adopt it in their businesses. It is awfully hard for an employee,…

CEO Weekly Note Update Template

Successful companies come in different shapes and sizes yet they often share a few key traits. One of which being regular and open communication. Dig into any great leaders, past and…

V2MOM: The Salesforce Secret to Company Alignment

In 19 years, Salesforce has transformed from a “startup” to a publicly traded company with over 30,000 employees. They’ve managed to sustain incredible growth while maintaining strong organizational alignment and communication. As…

Startups: Why Send Management Reports?

Successful companies share a few key traits… so do unsuccessful ones. Investors, executives, team members, potential hires, etc. understand this. Regular management reports show the CEO/CFO/etc. are key in keeping business…

Use Storytelling to Increase your Price

This post is Part II or II of our storytelling series. You can find our first post, “Connecting Dots to Tell Your Story” here. The same principles that Pixar uses…

An Update Template to Ensure You Get the Most of Your All-Hands

There is no doubt that All-Hands Meetings can be a powerful tool to drive culture, share accomplishments, and break down company performance. However, as Ray Gillenwater, CEO of SpeakUp, put…