Average bosses consider their company to be a machine with employees as cogs. They create rigid structures with rigid rules and then try to maintain control by ‘pulling levers’ and ‘steering the ship.’ Extraordinary bosses see their company as a collection of individual hopes and dreams, all connected to a higher purpose. They inspire employees to dedicate themselves to the success of their peers and therefore to the community–and company–at large.
At my company, The Table Group, I can go around the table and tell you who will promote a conservative, keep-it-the-same-way approach and who will say ‘throw it out the window.’ I love that. I balance listening to the risk takers with ‘let’s make sure we’re not doing something stupid here, folks.’ There are a lot of ways to think about diversity on a team. You have to remember that people can look very different but have similar approaches to things like decision making and risk.
Patrick Lencioni on why you should have a diverse team.
There have to be enough people who want what you have to make a business. With as many people in the country as there are, that might seem an easy step. But you have to get their attention and market to them. Having a website and hoping that prospects stumble across you isn’t enough.
Startup advice from Erik Sherman.
What these studies showed, over and over, was that industrial workers have eight good, reliable hours a day in them. On average, you get no more widgets out of a 10-hour day than you do out of an eight-hour day.
Logging twelve hour days may make you FEEL more productive, but does it?