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About Patrick Ewers

Patrick is an executive coach who has been called Silicon Valley’s top relationship management expert by Forbes. As the CEO and founder of Mindmaven, he helps professionals generate break-through opportunities from their network. As part of this Patrick focuses on dramatically freeing up a clients time by introducing pragmatic concepts of productivity and leverage. Many clients have called his work with them as game changing. Before Mindmaven, Patrick was also one of LinkedIn’s earliest senior team members, joining the company that ultimately helped shape what we call Social media today. He had the privilege of working with some of the Tech world's heaviest hitters; including companies such as First Round Capital, True Ventures, Venrock, SGI, SiliconValley Bank and Pivotal Labs.

Coaching for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate Resource to Take Control of Your Life and Business

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 every method we use to predict the future has been proven inaccurate at best. All [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]