Why Being Interesting is a Choice, Not a Predetermined Trait

I recently had the great privilege and opportunity to sit down with one of Silicon Valley’s industry giants: Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Technology Banking, John China (@JohnChinaSVB). John’s a living testament to the power of relationships. He’s built his impressive career by consistently investing into and leveraging the power of his network, and he’s one of the few who could truly stand next to Tony Robbins in his ability [...]

5 Actionable Tips to Develop Empathy and Become a More Empathetic Person

The rise of the Information Age and the growing popularity of the virtual workspace has brought the world “closer” than ever before. But it seems like the “closer” we get, the less personally connected we become. Case in point: Empathy. Being empathetic isn’t something you hear much about anymore. In fact, what does it even mean to have empathy? Put simply, empathy is the ability to see the world through [...]

How to Become a Legendary Leader (in Just 5 Minutes a Day)

For many founders, one of the best parts of leading a young startup are the one-on-one relationships they’re able to develop with their small-but-passionate team. And often, these relationships become more than strictly professional connections; they become genuine friendships between two people that share a powerful vision. But as a startup begins to gain traction, that initial team is probably going to grow. Obviously, growth’s a good thing and, at [...]

How to Make Introductions and Write Introduction Emails That Deliver Massive Value to Your Network

Imagine this: You’ve just met with a new contact for the first time and can already tell there’s a lot of potential in the relationship. As a result, you want to establish yourself as someone of value; someone worth connecting with. What’s one of the most effective ways to deliver this kind of value early in a relationship? Simple: By offering an introduction. Almost any new contact you meet would [...]

Counter-Intuitive Leadership: Building Teams That Can (Accurately) Predict the Future

If you’re a CEO in charge of running internal meetings, there’s a few things you might want to know. For example, according to this infographic created by Visual.ly and Fuze: 15% of your organization’s collective time is spent in meetings, Your people spend an average of four hours each week preparing for those meetings, and On average, executives consider 67% of those meetings a waste of time. And according to [...]

The 33 Best Blogs, Books, Videos, & Influencers on How to Scale Your Startup

For this compilation, I asked some of Silicon Valley’s top startup CEOs, VPs, and VCs for their recommendations on the best resources for scaling a company. The result, as you’ll see below, is a list of inspiring and informative blogs, blog posts, books, videos, and influencers that will provide you with powerful advice and insights to scale your organization. Ready? Let’s get started. 4 Must-Read Blog Posts to Scale Your [...]

The #1 Shortcut to Reaching Your Fullest Potential as a Startup CEO and Leader

Or, Why Every Startup CEO Needs to See Coaching as Their Responsibility, Not Their Privilege One of the most fascinating things about us as humans is that we’re one of the only—if not the only—animals that can predict the future. And as such, we spend a lot of time doing so. The problem, as Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert points out, is that we’re really bad at it.  In fact, almost [...]

Why You Should Write a Personal Constitution

Several years ago, I read Dr. Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a book I believe should be required reading for anyone interested in achieving success in both their personal life and their career. Among all the valuable tips in that book, the one thing that struck me most was Covey’s recommendation to develop a “Personal Mission Statement.” This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard the [...]

How to Write a Great Follow-Up Email After a Meeting

If you’re going to invest 30-60 minutes in meeting with someone, you owe it to yourself and whoever you met with to send a follow-up email. Like baseball, network relationship management is a game of inches where the difference between winning and losing is rarely decided by grand gestures; more often than not, the winner is the person who took the small extra steps. This is especially true if you’re [...]

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 [...]