"Help!" Well, my email subject line actually read "Looking for advice/help." I'd just found out that I'll be teaching a course on International Marketing (yay!) this coming semester. Once my initial euphoria died, I realized teaching a semester-long (14 weeks) course to a class of 21-year-olds was not something to be taken lightly. Hence the … Continue reading 5 Leadership Lessons from Teaching
This last week, Brad Feld, a managing director at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado - shared a video (below) he's made for an upcoming event about Entrepreneurship & Mental Health. Brad as an entrepreneur who went on to become a VC belongs to the small group of VCs (including Fred Wilson, Mark Suster) who are both … Continue reading Entrepreneurs & Mental Health
"You might want to keep your hands in your pockets." I think I've always gesticulated with my hands and I never realized it but I also am a toucher. I touch people when I talk to them. I'd been in grad school for about two months and met Marcel, a fellow grad student in the … Continue reading Get your hands dirty and other lessons from a friend
Whether a startup or a large corporation, email has become just a fact of our work lives, it's hard to imagine a time when it wasn't so. Email useful as it is, however seems to create as many problems as it addresses. Beyond the chain letters and phishing emails or spam, flame wars conducted over email is … Continue reading The Secret to Preventing Email Wars at Your Startup
"He's my best sales guy. He makes his numbers quarter after quarter! But everyone dreads it when he comes into the office." My friend was on the verge of tears - it was clear that he was going to have to do something about his sales guy, if he didn't want others to quit. But he … Continue reading What do you do with THAT employee?
"It's like we've done absolutely nothing these last five years. Everything we're doing is wrong." My friend was really upset. His company had just brought on board a new VP of Business Development and looked like the man was not exactly winning minds and hearts. "Worse yet, he has the right answer for everything. I'm just … Continue reading 3 Steps to Resolving Team Conflicts
Yesterday I was part of a panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship at the opening of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Center (IEDC) at the Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering. One of the first questions the moderator posed was "How does one create a culture of innovation and what role does leadership play?" To me … Continue reading 3 Steps to Create a Culture of Innovation
Don't worry that your kids don't always listen to you, worry that they are always watching you. -- Robert Fulghum Startups & founders have enough to worry about without adding culture to the mix. Or so it would seem. As Fulghum points out in his own inimitable style, culture is what is being built as … Continue reading Culture, people & other imponderables
And if there are real issues at play that need to be brought up to your partners, it should not be done in a flippant comment or regrettable aside that can be misconstrued or worse. It can be presented with some distance and perspective that you'd have gained in discussing it with a non-stakeholder first. This alone is a good reason to seek out a mentor or advisor, but almost any friend, who's not involved in your business and has no axe to grind will do.
As with many profound discoveries it began innocuously enough. “I don’t believe that there are truly a billion Indians,” my friend Marcel has remarked more than once to me. Of course, when he first made this statement as a graduate student, maybe because it was after a late night party at Ms. Chan’s, I didn’t … Continue reading 4 Degrees of Separation – The Indian Network