Category Archives: Coaching

On Courting Startup Advisers

Most entrepreneurs are well aware of the benefits of courting and engaging strong business and technical advisers. Then why is it that founders often fail to attract the best talent for their outside team? Often short-sightedness and lack of willingness … Continue reading

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Hugh McColl on Leadership – 9 Nuggets

Hugh McColl has been speaking on leadership for over 40 years, and it never gets old.  A few years ago he spoke at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle at Queens University, which hosted an evening with Mr. McColl, former CEO of Bank of America. His … Continue reading

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Mentoring Tips for Businesswomen

A few years ago I had the pleasure to meet a huge crowd of women and fellow mentors for the Charlotte Business Journal’s first BizWomen Mentoring Monday.  Along with 9,000 women in 40 other cities, more than 300 women in Charlotte … Continue reading

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Passion is the Fuel for Greatness

Cal Newport denounces passion as a dangerous career guidepost in his book So Good They Can’t Ignore You. But he agrees with Malcolm Gladwell that mastery is what separates the average achiever from the stratospheric one.  In his book Outliers, Gladwell makes … Continue reading

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Passion is Over-Rated

Your passion is a pipe dream. Best focus on your abilities. So goes the advice of Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Taking a contrarian view of the popular mantra to “follow your passion,” Newport pans … Continue reading

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What a Dancer Can Teach a Startup

Dwight Rhoden is a dancer, choreographer and business owner. When he creates a new piece for his company in New York, he wants to showcase his creativity and his dancers. He also wants to sell tickets. Dance is his livelihood and the … Continue reading

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Six Secrets to Safety When Going Out on a Limb

A few years ago when April Whitlock set out to raise money for her startup, I sat down to interview her on navigating new ventures. April and I worked together at LendingTree, where she was always forging the next trail.  … Continue reading

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What a Farmer Can Teach a StartUp

My grandfather Brooks Turner was a tobacco farmer and businessman in Eastern North Carolina. He never drew a regular paycheck until his social security kicked in, a good 50 years into his career.  Over the years he built numerous businesses, … Continue reading

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