Gestalt Protocol

Back in 2008 I attended a new member forum training class for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Being a little arrogant, and completely clueless, I thought it was crazy to go to a six hour training event just to join a group of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are smart. Entrepreneurs are fearless. Entrepreneurs don’t need training. Naturally, I…

9 Entrepreneurial Team Member Traits

Sam Wheeler of PayRight Health Solutions posted a great comment yesterday about traits he finds in entrepreneurial team members at thriving startups. After seeing the list, I readily agree. Here are his nine entrepreneurial traits of successful team members: Flourish with ambiguity. Love constant change. Feel as if they are on a mission. Comfortable being misunderstood. Can make…

What did you do to prepare for this interview?

As a continuation of last week’s posts on 360 Degree Review Improvements Question for Job Interviews and The ‘Why’ Around Job Changes in Interviews, there’s another interview question I really like: what did you do to prepare for this interview? Much like Louis Pasteur’s quote that “Fortune favors the prepared mind”, the goal is to better understand…

Creating a Great Environment for Software Engineers

Continuing with yesterday’s post on Recruiting Software Engineers, Kevin Strasser of TribeBoost offered a great comment that software engineers are looking for more than just money — the environment must also be attractive. Here are some thoughts on creating a great environment for software engineers based on Kevin’s thoughts and others: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose – Encourage autonomy,…

Employee Turnover in a Startup

With all the talk about recruiting and finding talent, it’s easy to forget that employee turnover is a real challenge and that strong employees always have multiple job offers. Of course, the best thing to do is create a great culture that not only attracts awesome people but also retains them. Here are a few thoughts on…