the ceo magazine, leadership qualities,
Les Trachtman, CEO, The Trachtman Group

The biggest challenge that a founder or early stage company CEO faces is oddly not survival of his company but how his role needs to change as his company grows and matures. Many leadership transitions (founders being fired) occur when the company’s needs grow faster or in different direction than the CEO’s capabilities. In fact studies have shown that the more quickly a company becomes successful, the more likely it is that its founder gets replaced.  Fast scaling organizations require a chameleon like leader who can acquire new skills as his environment changes.  Those that don’t are replaced. It takes a deep level of self-awareness for a CEO to realize this is occurring and a level of maturity not found in many to do something about it.  Knowing when to continue to climb the leadership value ladder and when to gracefully dismount is the key to avoiding an uncomfortable, abrupt and often destructive CEO transition.

the ceo magazine, innovation,
Dr. Sean Wise, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Seed Stage VC

You may be wondering what an author of a book subtitled "Know When to Quit Your Day Job" would have to tell CEOs. But in truth, it is the book's main title that you need to focus on, Startup Opportunities. My co-author, Brad Feld, the investor behind Techstars, Fitbit and Makerbot and I have collectively seen more than 20,000 startup opportunities pitched for investment. That's more than 10 times the number of deals that have appeared on America’s hit show Shark Tank. Just like the founders that pitch us, Brad and I are constantly in the process of opportunity evaluation. 

Leaders aim to make their mark on business operations, imprint their philosophies on their staff, leave their legacy on the organization.  They hope the team will remember their leadership as unique, profitable, and pleasant.  Understandable goals.

But all too often, new leaders start out with similar clichés and concepts—lines that set their staff members up for disappointment, if not downright disengagement, rather than the intended productivity boost.

Do these new-leader clichés sound familiar?

the ceo magazine, self management,
Felena Hanson, Author, Flight Club - Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business

My calendar is jam-packed - It’s not unusual for me to work 12 hour days.  As an entrepreneur, there is always something I “should” or “could” be doing. This isn’t a complaint but a declaration that my life is full, busy, and can, at times, make me feel a little over-extended. I am invited to dozens of networking events, happy hours, brunches, awards ceremonies, etc... and as much as I care about each one, I simply can’t attend all of them. While I might be perceived as someone who is “everywhere”, I have a confession to make... I’m one person, who hasn’t yet received a government grant to clone myself… working on that!

the ceo magazine, leadership qualities,
Hector Castillo, Founder & CEO, Noysi

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” - Plato.

Music permeates my earliest memories and has always been the unique lense through which I view the world. From the age of four I began my academic music study, and at 20 I travelled to Austria to embark on my professional musical career. I dedicated years of study to the double bass, violone, and Orchestral Direction, played and collaborated with renowned European orchestras, and composed De Otros Paisajes Sonoros, which premiered at the Plaza Mayor de Madrid.

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