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I gave up dating, friendships, and salary when I started my company. When I explained to an investor that I was starting to feel sucking into the company, he told that his best entrepreneurs were obsessed with their companies too. I felt vindicated. But that’s exactly the wrong framework. It’s the path to burnout. “Burned […]

Preventing Burnout: The Founder’s Work Contract

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If you’re not dealing with drama, you aren’t leading.  People issues dominate my coaching sessions. They range from co-founder conflicts to early employees that don’t scale to board members who block acquisitions. Dealing with team drama as a leader is a common challenge that can’t be ignored. The founder’s attitude is typically, “Why the eff […]

Leaders as Space holders

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I can’t believe I’m saying this: I’m building another company. I was afraid of this for a long time. Afraid of the long hours, sleepless nights, and never-ending deadlines. But right now I feel excitement and promise. Yes, it’s early, but what I’m most excited about isn’t just what I am doing, but how I […]

Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship and My New Business

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When I started my company, I was pretty freakin’ authentic. I had my ambitious, Type-A work side but I was also goofy and a love bug. It was just my cofounder and I, so there was no hiding any part of me. Even when we were a jolly group of four people at 500 Startups, […]

The Guide to Wholehearted Leadership