Friday, December 05, 2008
In situations where you will not get much seat time with these people it is worth your time to identify before hand, what is your question. Practicing outloud before hand will help clarify your thinking and delivery.
Not only will your results be better, you will be viewed as someone who can think clearly and quickly. The natural ability to do this on the fly will grow over time.
A good skill to have in life is knowing what you know, and knowing what you don't know. Asking for help doesn't show a lack of intelligence, it shows you know yourself and aren't afraid to ask a question so you can learn and move on.
"Give the person something to chew on, something that leads to a conversation."
Many people (myself included) instead of using this technique will just state where they are going and how they plan to get there, and then ask for the other persons thoughts. This method doesn't leave an easy open for a discussion to begin if you don't know the person your talking to very well.
By giving the person something to chew on, three potential routes for example, you give the person an easier avenue to participate and help (which most people want to do).
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I am a strong believer in the power of a good mentor/mentee relationship. As cliché as it sounds, a good mentor helps the mentee connect-the-dots. The mentee has a goal but often has an unclear or ill defined path to get there. A mentor is someone that has already traveled down a similar path the mentee is going, and can help the mentee understand a) what direction to go and b) how to fill those gaps.
I have been following a handful of blogs over the past five years or so. In addition to finding the informational content that I was searching for, I gained insights on how to move forward along my own path, i.e. using blogs as a form of mentorship.
The blog I have read the most Brad Felds (www.feld.com) and am currently on the look for good entrepreneur , business development, and CEO blogs.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, September 09, 2007
A VC has a good post that ends in a tip for entrepreneurs. It briefly discusses the necessity of the founders being 100% passionate about their project, if not they don’t give their all and that ends up trickling through the organization.
Assuming the founders have 100% passion, the question I am working towards developing answers for is, how do you scale that enthusiasm for your company throughout all its employees as is grows substantially? How do you create a corporate culture and what qualities does that culture have that creates evangelists out of everyone on the payroll?
Friday, September 07, 2007
Fast Company had a recent article Working with the Enemy that discussed an environmentalists switch to back Wal-Mart. At the end of the article a glimpse into the Wal-Mart culture that its massive success was built on.
From the article;
“But for Werbach, the big surprise is how much he's learned from Wal-Mart. He riffs on the company's obsession with its core mission, its relentless tracking of results, its "correction of error" meetings. "In failure," he says, "you don't hide your head in shame, you actually get on the phone the next day and you talk about what went wrong." In Wal-Mart's culture, he has found what he thought was missing from the environmental establishment.”
Friday, August 31, 2007