Stage 4 of the Founder's Evolution is the single greatest shift in the entire journey. Your entire history as a founder and a leader up to this point has taught you the skill of winning the game on the field. Unfortunately, very little of that matters in Stage 4. In fact, the better you are at the earlier stages, the harder it will be for you to embrace this next phase in your journey.
We hit the ground running. It was September 2008 when we relaunched our business, and although much of the world was in the tumult of the financial crisis, we were on fire. The relaunch had gone stunningly well, even though we had inherited some severe problems from the previous owners. We had debt-ridden relationships with …
If you were to go out and ask any random startup entrepreneur how the new business is going, you would get a huge smile followed by a whole list of superlatives. “It’s wonderful.” “It’s amazing.” “I’m loving it.” Simultaneously you feel like all your life has prepared you for this moment, AND like you are way in over your head because you are. And despite the smile, you show everyone around you, inside, you are plagued by the question: What was I thinking? Did you make a mistake, or are you on your way to the success you’ve dreamt of?
The first stage of the Founder's Evolution happens before you become a Founder. Without this first stage, the journey never is. While it is existentially vital, the first stage is far from comfortable. In fact, it is marked by dissatisfaction. It is by definition uncomfortable. And it needs to be.
The demands of leadership are constantly changing. At the ground level, it can feel like you've been blindsided or entirely off the map altogether. But our evolution as leaders follows a predictable pattern. And if you know and understand that pattern, you'll excel as a leader with a fraction of the heartaches and headaches.
You did it! By everyone else's standards, you've built a thriving, successful business. You've succeeded where 95% who've tried have failed. You've turned your idea into a thriving enterprise. But there's a problem. And whether or not you have words for it, you are feeling it.
The only thing harder than achieving greatness is sustaining it. You have to simultaneously maintain what you've built while also moving on to something greater. It's easier said than done. Despite the challenge, in this article, you'll learn two key strategies to improve upon the success you've worked so hard to achieve.
Most corporate training is terrible, and one simple driver is responsible, but it's probably not what you think. In this article, you'll learn how to address this issue that is crippling your training and build a program with the power to transform your organization for years to come!
The mere mention of the phrase "corporate training" will send the bravest men and women running in the opposite direction. Most training programs are company killers. Yet, the path to building a brilliant organization that can stand the test of time requires that we build the training program that can make that enduring greatness possible. In this series, you'll learn exactly how you can do just that!
Do you have executives or leaders? Unfortunately, many founders and CEOs make the tragic mistake of assuming achievement is the same as leadership. However, the primary function of an executive team is not achieving today's success but instead securing tomorrow's success.
If your leaders are constantly hitting home runs, you have a problem. In fact, you have three problems. Fortunately, there is one simple, even informal, strategy you can use to start solving all three of these problems today.
Creating a world-class mentoring and coaching culture is a bit like standing on the beach looking out at the ocean, wondering how to boil it with nothing but the box of matches in your hand, and then a wave splashing up and soaking the matches.
Fortunately, you can start creating a world-class mentoring and coaching culture today.