The reality is that, although tales of sexist behavior run rampant in Silicon Valley, the nearby access to high-profile venture capital firms and top tech talent makes it a good place for new firms–no matter if they’re led by men or women.
For any enterprise to be competitive, continuous learning and improvement are key—but not always easy to achieve.
“Where is the spiritual value in rowing? The losing of self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew.” — George Yeoman Pocock, boatbuilder, 1936 Olympic gold medal winner
Look at any CEO running a profitable company and you’ll find someone who has figured a few things out. One trait many of these leaders have in common: consistency.
You simply cannot stop learning. As Ruth Finkelstein of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center says, “One dose of education that you get in the first 20 years of your life simply couldn’t be adequate for the next 90 years.”
Manage People. This is one of the best things you can do, because 50% of the job of a CEO is recruiting a team, leading a team, empowering a team, convincing a team
The mantra of following your passion is so deeply linked to the success of business leaders, artists and innovators that it almost comes as a footnote when handing out advice to would-be entrepreneurs. It’s hours and hours of hard work and it requires total dedication.
There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent.