10 Elements of a Coaching Culture and Why You Need It

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business person I know wishes he had more time for coaching all the members of his team. I often hear the excuse that coaching takes more time than simply diving in and doing the job for the other person, but is that really true?

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5 Ways To Kickstart Your Business Coaching Reputation

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay I’ve always been a bit confused about the difference in a business context between a coach and a mentor. According to many pundits , a mentor shows you the right way based on experience, while a coach brings out the best in you, then let’s you find your own way. A coach will honor people’s trust with loyalty and discretion, and demonstrate trust in people’s ability to succeed. Of course, coaching only works with people that are coachable.

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Of Course #BlackLivesMatter — How Could Anything be LESS Controversial?

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Of course all lives matter. She asks those who agree to stand and of course nobody stands, to which she rightly says … “That says very plainly, you know what’s happening, you know you don’t want it for you, I want to know why you’re so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others.”

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Google Launching Its Own Computer Science Courses on Campuses


Early next year, twenty students will have the opportunity to study machine learning for 10 weeks with Google engineers, college professors, and coaches—free of charge. The course will then be held at four other higher education institutions in the summer.

Where’s your team playbook? Hmm?


From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in order to win games and advance toward the playoffs. But you know that of course.

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Fractional CTO


Of course, to be more accurate, the work I did was staggered out. For existing team members, I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and spending time coaching and developing. Of course, once you get into the specific situation, there are often more issues to figure out.

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How ProGuides Is Helping Gamers Master Their Game, With Sam Wang


We spoke with ProGuides founder Sam Wang to better understand what the company does, and why users are joining its service and using its marketplace to find professional video game coaches. We have highly engaging courses, taught by professional players, and where you track your progress, driven by data, and which also features an on-demand marketplace to help you find any coach you want to help you improve your play on any game.

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The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale


Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. I have an industrial psychology educational background but could not count upon myself to be completely objective here, of course.).

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

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In 2017 we began inserting an “Inclusion Clause” into our term sheets because we believe that the culture one establishes at the earliest stages of one’s business will set out the course of how it will grow and develop.

A Teachable Moment on Race

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And the responses have been — of course — predictable. From Mike Ditka, Hall-of-Fame coach of the Chicago Bears, in typical bullying form : “If they don’t like the country, if they don’t like our flag, get the hell out.

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10 Keys To Surviving From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, not every entrepreneur wants to tackle this challenge. Of course, that means a new level of risk, giving up some control, and a new business plan. Leaders are needed to coach each salesperson, keep the team on message, and spur new growth and goals.

The Most Thoughtful Human Story of the Election I’ve Read

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he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. of course there is the alt right and more whackjobs who voted for trump, but trump only won because he struck a chord with the mainstream. I received this email from a friend.

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The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

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And speaking of coaching, if you haven’t read Googled by Ken Auletta you should. And in it he profiles the work of Coach Campbell who was once on the boards of both Google & Apple. EXECUTIVE COACHES.

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How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?


Of course we have expectations and KPIs, but any slackers would soon find themselves very uncomfortable surrounded by results–oriented team. One more thing: supervisors need first–hand experience of working virtually in order to support, motivate and coach their teams.

Understanding the Politics of Tech Startups

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It’s why I called out the importance of “executive coaches” in this post. Given how important people management is it’s surprising more of us don’t have group coaches.

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The Importance of Realism in Startups

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I made many classic first-time mistakes which serves both as my warning signal of which teams to avoid funding (if I perceive they will make critical mistakes often led by hubris) and also as my source for coaching others. There are of course also external factors you can’t control.

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The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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The show has become my best curator of which books to read (including my favorite of last year, The Accidental Superpower ) and my go to for understanding geopolitics of: Russia, Iran, Pakistan, China, India and of course the US. Increasingly I find myself engaging executive coaches at companies an trying to help executive teams get 360 degree feedback. The best leaders I know encourage coaches to come in and are willing to listen to feedback about themselves.

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Micro–train; macro–manage


” Of course, in practice it’s not that easy. Instead of spending a lot of time managing them, invest a little quality time in coaching them. Dave’s note: The week, we again welcome Kim Shepherd as our guest author, with her blunt, on-the-target style.

7 Ways College Degrees Can Expedite Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In my view, the most effective entrepreneurs are those with a background of an array of real-life experiences, both positive and negative, as well as good academic and coaching activities. Practical business courses are better than an advanced degree or MBA.

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How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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She is a coach and mentor to team members. And then of course each venture firm must be careful not to add partners unless they know the chemistry will work with all other partners as our team unit and cohesiveness are so important.

8 Advantages of Leader Focus on People Versus Process

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, some balance is required. Priority is placed on employee mentoring and coaching. Mentoring and coaching tend to improve commitment, motivation, decision making, and creative talents, which are required for a competitive business and career.

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Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

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Of course stringing out the process doesn’t lead to good outcomes. I spend a lot of time coaching entrepreneurs through their fund-raising processes by doing “pipeline reviews” of all of the firms with whom they are speaking.

You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

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Of course as a frequently traveler I know this, too. We are money, advice, coaching, cheerleading, interventionist but not “the decider.” They are there to help you correct your course when you want to make decisions that their history and wisdom tells them might lead you into a dark alley. I was reminded about the role of a VC last week when my partner Kara Nortman (<—- yes, of course you should follower her!

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Of course that’s true. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

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” Of course I agree with this. In practice it can be a fine line between sparring partner / coach and stepping over the line to brute-force persuasion. Of course by the next quarter if I felt ripped off I could advocate for 7% or maybe ops requirements needed to be upped to 20% for one quarter. Of course we fancy ourselves as the best sales people in the company. And of course the VP of Sales had the ultimate call.

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved. Of course not, but I wish I could.

TakeLessons CEO Discusses Chromatik Buyout, Why it’s a Good Fit


TakeLessons also acquired Chicago-based Betterfly, which offered online vocational classes, DIY projects, and self-improvement courses like public speaking and personal life coaching.

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What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. Of course it is super helpful if a VC can drop you in to important people for business development, recruiting, PR, sales and eventually M&A. I think of VCs as coaches. Picking a VC is hard.

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To My Wife, On Mother’s Day

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I’ve written about my own mom before and the role she played in shaping my life but of course you never quite appreciate the full contributions of Mom until you’re much older. So today should of course by Wife Appreciation Day as much as Mother’s Day. We observe them in their daily lives and interactions with their teachers, coaches and friends and we look on with pride and the wonderful little human beings they have become. Mother’s Day.

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The Perils of Founder Fighting

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Of course it makes no sense to have great people management and a crappy product. ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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Throughout the course of last year I never had more than $8,000 in my account. . Of course I do! If you have a chance to be on court and shooting 3-pointers as the game clock is winding down OF COURSE you still want to be on the court. And yes, I sleep better at night as a coach.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

Lisa is an a skilled public speaking coach. Our Director of Flow, Heather Burlesci will be attending these courses as she is looking to build up her skills in this area. I of course agreed to get involved.

7 Business Lessons You Can Learn From A 7-Year-Old

Startup Professionals Musings

You may think you need more entrepreneurial courses in school, or more advanced degrees, but in my experience it’s more of a mindset, some good coaching, and learning by doing that separates the winners from the losers. You learn as much as a coach as the student.

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What Startup Advisors Do I Need?


But, advisors, coaches, and mentors can often fill the bill. Of course, you will want to work out the specifics of how you plan to work together with the advisor once it becomes more formal and adjust accordingly. Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Solving the Founder-Tech Gap that came out of some fun conversations that Bob and I have been having. A large part of this conversation is what kinds of advisors startups should be looking for.