Self-Coaching for Startup Leaders

Insight and tactics to help you manage yourself and lead your team more effectively

Feedback Trainings Don’t Work

Feedback Trainings Don’t Work

I have a coaching confession to make: In the earlier part of my career, I did several feedback trainings that were well-received, insightful and engaging for participants—and they didn’t work. Now, I’m my own harshest critic so it’s more nuanced than just saying,...

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Impostor Syndrome and Startup Founders

Impostor Syndrome and Startup Founders

Through coaching, T-Groups and more casual interactions with founder friends, I’ve encountered dozens of startup founders who battle with impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome is not a mental illness, but rather a psychological phenomenon in which someone struggles to...

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Build Empathy For Your Startup Leader

As a startup leadership coach, I get privileged and mostly unfiltered access to the fears, joys, insecurities and dreams of startup leaders. And I’ve started to wonder: what might happen if startup employees understood more about what I know of the emotional and...

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How To Not Waste Millions On Your Startup’s Marketing

  This one is a bit of a throwback to my professional life before Foothold. I used to be the Director of Marketing at ElliptiGO where I worked closely with our advisor  Martina Lauchengco--a tech product marketing superstar. Martina has been a trusted mentor of...

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Why Should Startup Founders Work With A Coach?

In February 2014, Orrick invited me to write a guest post for their entrepreneur blog on why even early-stage founders should consider working with a coach. You can read the full original post here. Or read on below for a slightly abridged version. When I was an...

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Sharing Bad News: Transparency At Your Startup

Founders often struggle with how transparent to be with their team about the setbacks or challenges they encounter. If your fundraising isn’t going well, how much should you really tell your team? If a key teammate is threatening to leave the company, when do you...

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And So It Begins…Except When You Don’t

On September 26, 2011 I sat down to email a few startup founders to recruit them to participate in a free trial of leadership coaching. They were all entrepreneurs I knew from my years at Stanford undergrad or the business school—friendly folks who I thought would be...

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Make the Decision Right at Your Startup

"Focus less on making the right decision and more on what it will take to make the decision right." The grammar might be a bit awkward, but this is a re-framing, mind-expanding comment I’ve been using a lot lately to help my entrepreneurial clients work through big...

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