Transparency builds a really strong core. It’s important to let people understand where there are fires (problems) and let them see the fires, especially when they are tiny at first. You can’t just show people a burning building because they’ll be like, “Okay, I need to get out.” The small fires prepare you for the big ones. Will Patterson / PatCon Industries
It's hard for people who aren't visionary to see your vision. So, when you’re talking with, for example, finance people and bankers, they want concrete numbers—and that’s gonna be really hard to produce. If I could go back in time, I would discipline myself more.
If you’re not naturally drawn to that, get motivated and learn by listening to podcasts and reading bios on the companies that you admire. Read The Personal MBA. It’s boring business stuff, but I thought it was so fascinating because I needed to learn it. Marco Suarez / Methodical Coffee
A lot of times, founding entrepreneurs — like me — are a particular problem. They have emotional ties to the company they’ve started, so they get in the way. Sometimes the business has to become its own thing, and at some point, the founder has to take a role like CEO, which means you staying in your lane just like everyone else. You can’t just throw on the Owner Hat and trump people on a leadership team. That’s very hurtful and it actually dismantles the organization. Those kinds of things happen when the owner is feeling the weight. Jason Blumer / Blumer Associates
I've been meeting with a mentor for about eight years now, and no matter the problem, work or personal, it always comes down to the expectations you have for yourself, the expectations other people have for you, and the expectations they have for other people.
If there's a misalignment, then that's why we have the constant frictions. And that's normal, you know? It’s just life. It could be a negotiation for a thousand-dollar project, or it could be a negotiation for a million-dollar one: the foundation's still the same. Ramon Nieves Lugo / UniComm Media Group