Leadership Is From Experience, Mentoring and Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Some will argue that people leadership is a skill you have to be born with, but I’m convinced that it can be learned from experience, mentoring, and failures. Entrepreneurs who become business leaders study the successes of peers, and seek to emulate them.

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

Both Sides of the Table

In the 90’s most of us studied, “ Crossing the Chasm ” by Geoffrey Moore in which he preached serving a narrow market that are passionate fans about your tech product before trying to bring it to the masses.

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7 Keys to Finding the Right Startup Mentor for You

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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How to Make a Business Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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Find Your Mentor: Here’s How…

Jason Nazar

I never bought books, rarely went to class, and hardly studied for exams. But I did spent those four years starting businesses and courting many mentors to help me along the way. Instead of studying for my classes, I’d set up new meet & greet meetings with successful alums. At the end of every meeting, I’d ask, “Would you consider being my mentor?” — and every time, I got the same response. Ignorance is Blasphemy: Why You Need a Mentor in the First Place.

Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Huddlewoo a live video platform set to launch early 2013 to give people the ability to access extraordinary people for one-on-one conversations and mentoring. He attended The Ohio State University where he studied business.

The Truth Behind Display Advertising: Adomic's Quest For Transparency

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Tom eventually left to work on a startup, and I started traveling, reconnected with some former mentors, and really started diving into the space. gabe gottlieb adomic yieldmetrics online display advertising analytics study interview

Exit Interview: Lita Nelsen on MIT Tech Transfer, Startups & Culture

Xconomy

Lita Nelsen has seen it up close—and played a part in its evolution—from her studies there in the 1960s, to her business-school fellowship in the late 1970s, to her 30 years working in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. [ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories examining entrepreneurship on MIT’s campus and beyond. ]. MIT’s approach to nurturing entrepreneurship has changed a lot over the past 50 years.

Friendship + Mentorship = Friendtorship

InfoChachkie

Consider a recent study that noted that most people cite their happiest (and saddest) moments as those which involve a relationship. In addition to non-coworker friends, entrepreneurs should also proactively seek mentors. Healthy adult friendships have an element of mutual mentoring.

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10 Tips To New Venture Leaders To Never Stop Learning

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, you may have noticed in a recent study , that the business CEO turnover rate last year was the highest in 10 years, and may go even higher this year. That means a priority on coaching and mentoring, as well as training and tools, before focusing on results metrics.

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10 Elements of a Coaching Culture and Why You Need It

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, studies have shown that the long-term value of coaching has a return of at least 2x to more than 100x times the cost. People often ask me about the difference between coaching and mentoring.

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This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

Both Sides of the Table

I don’t feel like canceling LinkedIn just because occasionally a well-meaning but slightly not-clued-in person from a faraway place wants me to be their personal mentor, answer 3-questions for their high-school entrepreneurship project or take a sales pitch for their recruiting services.

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5 Ways Poker Legend Annie Duke’s Brilliant Book Will Help You (And Your Startup) Make Better Decisions

InfoChachkie

Annie’s approach is a highly-readable balance between memorable, real-world analogies and hardcore behavioral science studies. Join A Truth-seeking Pod – Annie was mentored by several veteran poker players. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

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5 Keys To Satisfaction From Solving Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. If you can explain the problem to a mentor, or even write it down, you will more likely get to the root cause quickly, and avoid emotional and blame-infused responses.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.

Berkonomics

Richa is a successful entrepreneur and technologist giving back to the entrepreneurial community in many ways, including his weekly Internet TV program on entrepreneurism, and participation in several mentoring programs. . By JJ Richa.

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8 Attributes Shared By Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’ve been convinced for some time that good entrepreneurs have the right mindset, and the right attributes, to be good at anything they want.

5 Steps To Becoming A Great Business Problem Solver

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. If you can explain the problem to a mentor, or even write it down, you will more likely get to the root cause quickly, and avoid emotional and blame-infused responses.

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Entrepreneurs Relish The Challenge More Than Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Follow up online with social networking to make contact, dig deeper, and maybe even line up a mentor. Adopt a mentor. Boomers who have “been there and done that” make great mentors. Gen-X executives are too busy running their own companies to be mentors.

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some indicative entrepreneurial facts from recent Kauffman studies and others. With longer life expectancies and greater health in later life, older generations are moving to start new firms -- and mentor young entrepreneurs.

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Are You And Your New Venture Positioned For Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

He cites several studies, in addition to his own experience, that highlight the following key people drivers to business success: Founders need to be driven by impact rather than money. Develop the right mentoring relationships.

Why Investors Rank New Businesses By Leader Quality

Startup Professionals Musings

He just completed a study of more than 100 CEOs, with feedback from over 8,000 of their employees on this topic. Find and enjoy the company of one or more mentors. The leadership benefits of mentoring start in childhood, but are just as important at the mature CEO level.

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Base Your New Venture On These New Technology Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with studying and learning from the wisdom and experience of others.

Problem Solvers Rock In This New Entrepreneur Era

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own mentoring and investing experience, the best entrepreneurs are pragmatic problem solvers. If you can explain the problem to a mentor, or even write it down, you will more likely get to the root cause quickly, and avoid emotional and blame-infused responses.

Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

Both Sides of the Table

Shireen had been studying for her masters in business at MIT and thinking about her own food allergies and Scott was a graduate of the mechanical engineering school at MIT with an emphasis in product design.

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

The second is that they are usually very experienced operators that can mentor the founding team. I think when you choose an independent board member you should be thinking about somebody who can mentor you.

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How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

It’s one thing to push back against executive compensation but another entirely to help with benchmarking studies and help get board support for a plan. Knowing the broader team helps you to be more helpful to the CEO and helps you be a better mentor or debate partner.

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8 Qualities That Put You In The Virtuoso CEO Category

Startup Professionals Musings

He has completed a study of more than 100 CEOs, with feedback from over 8,000 of their employees on this topic. Find and enjoy the company of one or more mentors. The leadership benefits of mentoring start in childhood, but are just as important at the mature CEO level.

10 Challenging Insights From New Venture Innovators

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet, based on my own years of experience “in the business”, mentoring many entrepreneurs, and following stalwarts like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, even these potentially controversial mindsets ring true to me: All risk isn’t risky.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

InfoChachkie

Instead of a traditional business school''s case study and textbook approach, UCSB''s Technology Management Program (TMP) emphasizes experiential learning. Salty Girl Seafood - Another focus of the TMP is the recruitment and mentoring of women entrepreneurs.

If Your Dream is to Get Rich, Don’t Try a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Follow up online with social networking to make contact, dig deeper, and maybe even line up a mentor. Adopt a mentor. Boomers who have been there and done that make great mentors. Gen-X executives are too busy running their own companies to be mentors.

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Entrepreneurs Love the Learning and Ramen Noodles

Startup Professionals Musings

Follow up online with social networking to make contact, dig deeper, and maybe even line up a mentor. Adopt a mentor. Boomers who have “been there and done that” make great mentors. Gen-X executives are too busy running their own companies to be mentors.

Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my experience as an investor and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, one of the quickest ways to kill your credibility and your startup is to offer a poorly written business plan, or none at all.

Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College?

InfoChachkie

Resources – Many campuses offer entrepreneurial students a variety of free resources, such as: incubators, accelerators, mentor programs, venture competitions (with meaningful prize money) and even seed funding. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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

Both Sides of the Table

She’ll have to quit her well-paid job at a respectable company and tell her parents that although she studied hard throughout school and got into a great college and graduated in 3 years that she is now leaving it to change the way that manufacturers sell products electronically through their distribution systems. In preparation for her reentry into VC she spoke with many mentors of hers for advice on venture capital. *. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs?

6 Keys to Moving Startup Leaders From Good to Great

Startup Professionals Musings

Michael Useem of Wharton, in his book, “ The Leader’s Checklist ,” outlines 15 mission-critical leadership principles, and also includes six avenues of learning for new entrepreneurs to activate their leadership skills: Study leadership moments. Solicit coaching and mentoring.

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