"…insights for scaleups"
|Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.|
|Rachel Naomi Remen|
|First full day as Twitter COO tomorrow. Task #1: undermine CEO, consolidate power.|
|Dick Costolo, the night before he joined Twitter as chief operations officer|
Julie's Olive Oil Won — Veritat olive oil, my wife's antioxidant superfood (I take two tablespoons per day) which she is bringing to the US from Spain, did well in her first NY Olive Oil Competition. More below, but first…
Mark Cuban's Weekly Report — Bob Hubbard, co-founder of Hubbard Family Swim School (four clubs and 7000 children per week), reached out to Mark Cuban this week to inquire about the weekly report he referenced when he keynoted our Fortune Summit. As expected, Mark's response (neat that he replied) was short and to the point:
Notes Hubbard, "I love his line that says: 'issues you need my help with' — love the specificity — and the invitation to ask for help."
Power of Pride at Facebook — working with Wharton prof Adam Grant, Facebook's HR team wanted to understand what was at the heart of employee engagement. What they found is pride. Note's the team in this FastCompany article:
Take 3 minutes to read the details, which just reinforces the power of a BHAG, Purpose, and alignment. Thanks to Pelle Tornell, ScaleUp Partners in Stockholm, for sharing this article.
Scream Your Emails — Got a tricky email to send? Writing to someone that you know to be overly emotional at times? Simon, Chief Adventurist for Australia-based tour company Inspiration Outdoors, shared with me a communication strategy a former boss/mentor taught him. Notes Simon:
If the email sounds non-confrontational and maybe even a little bit silly in this screaming voice, you have an email that can't be misinterpreted as confrontational. And extra tip: bookend your email with a genuine thank you. It's almost impossible to scream thank you without sounding ridiculous. FYI, Simon was kind to note in his email to me "we are scaling up thanks to your community of thinkers." Simon, thanks.
Successful CEOs Do Four Things — a 10-year study using the ghSmart's Topgrading interview data for 17,000 leaders found that successful CEOs do four things:
Please take 4 minutes to read through the important details for each of these four attributes – or one minute to at least look at the first one. Deciding quickly, even if wrong, was better than waiting. Indecision is a killer.
Community of Thinkers — Barrett Ersek, founder/CEO of Holganix, sent me the opening quote above. Noted Barrett in his email to me:
Barrett, thank you – and see you in San Antonio May 23 – 24.
Cracking Jokes Makes You Seem More Competent — and the second quote above came from this HBR article on the impact of humor. Research shows that those who crack appropriate jokes are seen as more competent – and the jokes don't even have to be good!
Julie's Olive Oil — 910 olive oils from around the world entered the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), including165 from Spain in four categories. As the newcomer in her highly competitive category of arbequina olive oils, her olive oil Veritat (it's now shipping – order here) brought home Silver. Congrats honey.
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