The culture of my startup is starting to head south. People are starting to get real toxic, everyone’s complaining that they are overworked, and the vibe is getting really bad. Where is all this coming from and how do I change course?
How to deal with the constant demands and requests that every business founder faces with pragmatic advice for dealing with the three pains of the brain (social, status, and priorities) that erode your control and your satisfaction with work that you really love to do.
Here is my list of key questions to ask yourself, to best route your passions to a business that will bring you more visibility and respect than pain.
At what point is it “too late” to start a startup? Is there a point where it’s no longer feasible to assume the risk associated with starting a company? Am I washed up as a potential Founder by the time I’m 25?
There is mounting evidence that social networks are greatly affecting our mental health with higher reports of depression for those who spent more time on the various platforms. There is also a growing body of research that shows the transformative benefits of embracing gratitude that include better sleep, lower stress, minimizing health risks, improving generosity, and decreasing materialism. Happyfeed is a self-care app that enables you to seamlessly establish a ritual of daily gratitude journaling with its private journaling platform available for iOS, Android, and the Web. The app prompts you daily to reflect on three things that are currently bringing you joy and gives you the ability to share with private groups of friends and loved ones. The practice of reflecting on joyous moments is said to train your brain to focus on the bright side and over time will increase overall happiness. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Matt Kandler to learn more about the inspiration for the app, how the practice of positive psychology improves mental well-being, and the company’s future plans.
Empathy is needed now more than ever. Times are tough right now, that much is a given. But, that phrase, “times are tough” does nothing to help. No one has all of the answers, but we can all lend each other an ear and offer advice when necessary. Keep reading to hear Gary Vaynerchuk’s advice for anyone looking to switch careers during a pandemic.
In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way. In fact, leaders are not remembered for their dreams, aspirations, or intentions – they are remembered because they achieved results.
Every startup success is a function of great people, products, and profits. But there is no magic formula on how to bring these together a second time, but there are some good insights on the parameters in a classic startup business parable, Endless Encores.
Why are we perfectly comfortable using money as the metric for startup success at the expense of pretty much every other aspect of our lives? When we use money as the only metric, what other compromises are we making to get there, and frankly, is it even worth it?
How does my reputation as a Founder (not my startup) affect me over the long term? If my reputation is tarnished, where will it hurt me? Where does that reputation really come from anyway and what can I do to develop it?
Very few people know their own leadership style, or strengths and weaknesses, despite their many years of living and working in the real world. To assess where you are, and to unlock your full potential, there are many courses available, as well as seminars and gurus, but a good place to start is a book on the subject, like the classic one from John Mattone, “Intelligent Leadership.”