Leadership

founders dinner

Using The Power of Breaking Bread To Build New Business Relationships

By | Events, Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 4 Comments

About 10 years ago I started organizing Founder Dinners after reading a book called, Never Eat Alone written by an amazing individual, Keith Ferrazzi.

This book set my life on a different path.

Since then, I’ve organized over 300 meals, bringing together close to 1000 entrepreneurs and CEO’s, both at home and everywhere that I’ve traveled.

The power of bringing people together to break bread and have great conversation
Read More

6812706381_12cb6590d8_b

How To Stimulate a Growth Economy

By | Community, Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 24 Comments

Over the last 25 years, almost all of the private sector jobs have been created by businesses less than 5 years old.

It’s because of this fact, that I believe most economic development strategies are broken. They focus on convincing bigger, established companies from outside of the region to open up new, remote offices, and focus less on fostering new growth opportunities by startups, building disruptive technologies.

Read More

boulder up a hill

A Salute To The Entrepreneur

By | Leadership, Startups | 27 Comments

Today I want to honour the entrepreneurs in our world. I know I’m super biased, but let’s put that aside for a second.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, gets better without someone standing up and deciding to make it better. I believe most people go through their day and take for granted that someone, at some point in time, decided that there needed to be a better way.

And that’s why today, I want to salute the entrepreneurs… and here’s why:

Read More

Finding Your Passion

By | Leadership, Motivation | 6 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 11.27.33 AM

“Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” ~Dan Dennett

I love that quote!

To truly feel alive, you need to find something that you love, and you can’t do it for prestige.

It requires passion.

There’s a great video of Steve Jobs answering the question asked by Kara Swisher, “What’s the number one thing required to accomplish some of the things you’ve done in your life?”  To which he replies, “Passion.”

Read More

5 Traits Of Great Mentors

By | Leadership, Startups | 2 Comments

Question
Over the years I’ve had different mentors.

There was Brian who I met when I found myself in jail at 16 years old, and others like Gerry who I reached out to 10 years later when I was weeks away from going bankrupt running a $1.2M dollar company.

They showed up when I needed them most. Some refer to them as their “Yoda’s,” others call them their teachers. I like the word mentor, even though I’ve never asked them to be, or called them that in person.

Read More

Long Term Greedy vs. Short Term Greedy

By | Leadership, Startups | 2 Comments

As the world evolves to one of “instant gratification,” it seems that doing business has as well.

Even though I believe in moving fast and creating value for customers as quickly as possible, I do believe that we should take a long term view on building a business.

Long term means that you invest the time to find the right employees who share your values. It also means finding partners that make you look good and are going to be around in 10-20 years.

Short term is all about optimizing for near term gains. It can also mean either pushing your team to exhaustion or always sucking the value from any deal to be all one-sided.

Read More

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Entrepreneurial Needs

By | Leadership | 10 Comments

Maslows-Hierarchy-of-Needs

“It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.” ~ Abraham Maslow

All great entrepreneurs have this in common. They know what they want. But they didn’t always know what they really wanted. Most of them went through what I call Maslow’s Hierarchy of Entrepreneurial Needs, borrowed from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs depicted above. My experience was no different.

Read More

3 FREE videos

Learn How Dan Martell Built His Company

3 FREE videos reveal how to get more customers, improve your marketing and build your online business.

Learn How Dan Martell Built His Company