Looking for Mr. dependable. These are the people that you can rely on to get the job done. They will always come through for you, and for their team.

Looking for Mr. Dependable

One of the main challenges for any organization is finding the right people. This is true no matter the size or type of organization. It’s especially crucial for start-up companies where every person matters and hiring mistakes can be very costly.   In fact, I’ve written before that in my humble opinion, a leader’s most important task […]

C is for company culture. Your company culture is as important as your IP, and technology. It’s the personality of your company.

C is for Company Culture

I recently read a great post by a founder and CEO of a startup that failed. He candidly and skillfully shared his lessons learned from the failure of their venture. One of his important lessons was the need for a clear and simple articulation of a company culture. He used the term: “culture is your cofounder”. I think it’s […]

My top 10 leadership movies. This post lists my top ten movies that provide some inspiring leadership lessons, and the key lessons in each one.

My Top 10 Leadership Movies

Leadership is one my greatest passions.  I’m also a huge movie buff. So it’s only natural to combine these two passions in to one blog post. The result: my list of top ten movies that provide some inspiring leadership lessons. So here goes (in no particular order): Saving Private Ryan Main Leaders: Captain Miller (played by Tom […]

How to Give Effective Feedback. Some useful tips on how leaders can use constructive feedback to develop and improve their employees’ performance.

How to Give Effective Feedback

One of our key roles as leaders is to develop our people and help them maximize their potential. This is both our responsibility to them, as well as to our organization. By developing and improving our employees’ performance we enable them to succeed in their respective roles. And as a result, contribute more value to the organization. […]

Setting the right goals. The “right goals” should encourage the desired behavior, that’s aligned with the organization's values, vision and purpose.

Setting the Right Goals

As we prepare for the start of a new year I’m sure many of you are also drafting and setting your goals for 2013. By now, we all know that setting goals is important. Goals help us and our companies achieve our desired results, which are our definition of success. However, that’s only true if we set the right […]

4 attributes of a winning team. You need to have a team with the right combination of skills to match your goals and business model..

4 Attributes of a Winning Team

Ask any VC or technology investor and they will tell you that the success of a start-up is largely dependent on the quality of its founding team. And yet, what are the attributes of a winning team? Steve Blank defines a startup as “a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model”. He further […]

The mark of true leaders. I think the main ingredients of leadership, which exist in all true leaders, are: trust, confidence, and courage.

The Mark of True Leaders

I recently suffered a major disappointment. My beloved Yankees were embarrassingly swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship series.   While they have lost postseason series before, it has been decades since the Yankees were last handed such a sounding defeat. It was painful to watch. It made me think on the causes for […]

How to Prepare for Your Big Performance. This post offers practical advice on how to prepare yourself to perform great on your next speech, or presentation.

How to Prepare for Your Big Performance

In my previous post I wrote about how the previous TV debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney serves as a great example that sometimes style beats substance. So, in this post I would like to share with you some of my own experience on the importance of delivery.  And, offer some practical advice on how you […]

When style beats substance. As leaders, we need to remember that our appearance and style are just as important as our content.

When Style Beats Substance

I generally believe that substance is more important than style. However, there are times when style is critical. The recent TV debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney serves as a great example of that. I have no doubt that Romney’s display of confidence, energy, and “presidential presence” had a greater influence over people’s perception. Probably […]