Runner, Jogger, Walker, and Sitter

Recently I had the chance to hear Ron Clark from the Ron Clark Academy give a talk on passion and energy. Ron describes the bus concept from Good to Great, where it’s important to get the right people moving in the right direction. Only, he changes it to be more like a Flinstones bus where…

Never Settle on New Hires

As an entrepreneur with a vision and a dream, it’s tempting to hire the first good candidate that comes along. Entrepreneurs love building things, and it’s necessary to assemble a team to get things done fast and execute the plan. Only, all too often, I see entrepreneurs settle with their first few hires. Never settle…

Culture Drives How You Feel

Tonight we had a Technology Executive Roundtable event in the new Atlanta Tech Village conference center. Tom Noonan, one of the panelists, made several excellent remarks (as well as memorable ones — ask about the purple shoe). One of his comments really stood out to me: corporate culture drives how you feel. Think about the…

Giving Thanks in a Startup

Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today. As part of our family tradition we like to talk about what we’re thankful for and spend time with each other. On the startup front, I think it’s just as important to give thanks on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas for giving thanks in…

Prioritizing Amazing Employee Benefits

Two weeks ago an entrepreneur was asking me about the amazing employee benefits offered by Pardot. Specifically, he wanted to offer more benefits in his startup, but couldn’t afford all the ones Pardot offered, so he was interested in how I would prioritize the Pardot benefits based on how much value they added. Now, we didn’t…