20 posts tagged with "management"

Being a Great Coach

Bringing out the Best in Others Every sports team needs a coach, and the best coaches make good teams great. The same goes in business: any…

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Boards and Board Meetings

The CEO manages the board and board meetings, not the other way around. Board meetings fail when the CEO doesn’t own and follow her agenda…

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CEO Evaluation

No position in a company is more important than the CEO and, as a result, no job gets more scrutiny. The job is so poorly defined that you…

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Creating a Great Culture

Culture isn’t a magical set of rules that makes everyone behave the way you’d like. It’s a system of behaviors that you hope most people…

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Giving Feedback

Being CEO requires lots of unnatural motion. From an evolutionary standpoint, it is natural to do things that make people like you. It…

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Hiring Executives

The biggest difference between being a great functional manager and being a great general manager—and particularly a great CEO—is that as a…

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Hiring from a Friend's Company

Every good technology company needs great people. The best companies invest time, money, and seat equity into becoming world-class…

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How to Minimize Politics

Political behavior almost always starts with the CEO. Now you may be thinking, “I hate politics, I’m not political, but my organization is…

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Maker vs. Manager Schedules

One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they’re on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more…

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Managing Difficult Conversations

There are all types of difficult conversations, but we’re going to focus on five key levels. The first level is awkward conversations…

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One-on-Ones

Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company…

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Organizational Change

Organizational change is one of the hardest things for leaders to achieve, whether it involves a group, a division, or an entire company…

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Peacetime CEO vs. Wartime CEO

Peacetime in business means those times when a company has a large advantage over the competition in its core market, and its market is…

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Preparing to Fire an Executive

When you recruit an executive, you paint a beautiful picture of her future in your company. You describe in great depth and in vibrant color…

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Programming Your Culture

The primary thing that any technology startup must do is build a product that’s at least ten times better at doing something than the…

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The Accountability vs. Creativity Paradox

A software engineer identifies a weakness in your current product architecture that will significantly impair its ability to scale down the…

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The Accountability vs. Creativity Paradox

At startups, employees often don’t have job titles. This makes sense, because everybody is just working to build the company. Roles needn’t…

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The Right Way to Lay People Off

Layoff tend to break a company’s culture. After seeing their friends laid off, most employees are no longer willing to make the requisite…

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Three Traits of Leadership

There is no prototype for the perfect CEO. Radically different styles—think Steve Jobs, Bill Campbell, and Andy Grove—can all lead to great…

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Why It's Imperative to Tell it Like it is

One of the most important management lessons for a founder/CEO is totally unintuitive—stop being too positive. Young CEOs think that they…

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