Real Leadership is Built on Trust

Being positive all the time doesn’t work

If you think always having a smile on your face will boost or maintain team morale, you’re wrong. It will work for some time, however, when cracks begin to show you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of really tough questions like “were you aware of this?” and “why didn’t you let us know sooner?”

This puts you in a worse place than you would be in if you just spoke up about the issues at hand. It’s not easy to open up about problems because you don’t want your teamĀ to get discouraged. However, having your teamĀ temporarily upset is so much better than having your team distrust you.
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Starting a Start-up: The Right Attitude

Today was my start-up’s official moving day. I’ve moved cubes and desks in my corporate career before – In retrospect that was a cake walk.

The last two days consisted of a lot of packing, pulling, water breaks, pushing, lifting, water breaks. Thankfully, the heavy lifting was taken care of by movers. However, all the fragile items (and there were a lot) came with Mark, co-founder, and I.

By mid-afternoon our cars were loaded and we were on the road to the new facility. We pulled in by 4:30pm and quickly unloaded everything.

I knew another late night ensued but I wasn’t bothered by it. I was physically tired but I still had a ton of mental muscle left. In my previous corporate gigs, late nights were plenty and always defeating. Yes, I got free dinners and cab rides home but those were meaningless. I wasn’t empowered enough to tolerate the late nights. Continue reading “Starting a Start-up: The Right Attitude”