Counter-Intuitive Leadership: The #1 Obstacle to Your Teams’ Success (Might be You)

There’s a saying in Silicon Valley about leadership you may have heard before. It goes something like this: If you want to scale successful leaders, hire the right people and get out of their way. Put another way: As a leader, your job is to create more leaders [Tweet this!]. It’s your responsibility to inspire, motivate, and enable your teams to take full responsibility and ownership over their roles in [...]

Back-to-Back Meetings Poison Your Productivity. Here’s the Antidote.

“Meetings should be like salt: A spice sprinkled carefully to enhance a dish, not poured recklessly over every forkful. Too much salt destroys a dish. Too many meetings destroy morale and motivation.” - Jason Fried (@jasonfried), Basecamp founder and CEO 1860 minutes. According to Atlassian, the average person spends 31 hours, or 1860 minutes, in meetings each and every month. That’s about 62 30-minute meetings. That’s a lot of meetings, [...]

Accompany Review: The Best Tool to Know What’s Going on in Your Network

Every day, it seems more and more tools are becoming available that allow us to interact with our network in new, exciting, and powerful ways. Some of these tools deserve your attention, many don’t. I want to introduce one I believe does: Accompany. Put simply, Accompany is a web and mobile app that allows you to be the first-to-know and first-to-respond to relevant news about the most important people in your [...]

If You Forget Everything Else About Your Contacts, Remember This One Thing

150. As Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) points out in The Limits of Friendship, the average person can maintain about 150 relationships at a time. This limitation, called the Dunbar Number, is illustrated time and time again in our day-to-day lives: We meet new people, shake hands, have great conversations, agree to stay in touch, collect business cards, connect on LinkedIn and, too often, that’s it. That’s the extent of the relationship. [...]

Why Successful Entrepreneurs Are Often Jerks (but You Don’t Have to Be)

Let’s just get this out there: There are a lot of highly successful people out there that many of us would probably classify as arrogant, unkind or, simply, as jerks. Ever stop to wonder why? Because the pairing of success and arrogance isn’t a coincidence. As it turns out, the traits of jerks can actually make for highly effective leaders and equally successful businesses. These people become successful because they [...]

The Definitive Guide to Understanding Proactivity and Becoming a Proactive Entrepreneur

Here we go again: Another article on proactivity. I get it: I’m not the first person to stress the importance of being proactive. In fact, it’s become so common it’s almost a buzzword amongst founders and entrepreneurs; something people say to sound impressive or “in touch,” but not something they necessarily act upon or even understand. Sure, they’re happy to tout its importance … But can they tell you what [...]

How to Generate Valuable, Relevant Opportunities with a Relationship Objective

What do you want out of your relationships? Everyone has what I like to call a relationship objective; the problem is, most of us aren’t consciously aware of what ours is. For some, it’s incredibly direct and specific: “I want to leverage my network to make more money.” For others, it’s a little less direct: “I want to hire great talent to achieve my business goals.” And for others still, [...]

Whitespace Time Management: The Proactive Entrepreneur’s Guide to Owning Your Time and Mastering Your Priorities

Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day? Like after you finish responding to emails, replying to Slack messages, and sitting in meetings, there’s no time left for the tasks that really matter? You aren’t alone. Time management is one of the most universal challenges faced by people across the world; especially entrepreneurs. And it isn’t helped by the fact that our lives are becoming increasingly reaction-driven. [...]

The 5 Traits of the Most Productive People

When it comes to productivity and success, there are two types of people: Grinders and Operators. Both can be massively successful, but only one can be truly productive. Grinders are the most common. These are the men and women who believe that hard work and determination will eventually lead to success. And they’re right. Hard work is necessary to succeed, and it is possible to grind your way to success. [...]