The Unicorn Myth: Who Can Really Lead a Start-Up?

By: Phillip Bogdanovich Thanks to examples like Uber and Snapchat, we are used to thinking of tech “unicorns” as companies. But the word is also used to describe individuals with the rare, wild ability to lead companies at any stage, from start-up to enterprise. The corporate leader who is universally and repeatedly successful, like Elon … More The Unicorn Myth: Who Can Really Lead a Start-Up?

Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role

If you’re considering involving yourself in a start-up but you are uncertainty- or risk-averse, it probably isn’t the best fit for you. But if you don’t mind the possibility of burning to death, here are a few tips on choosing a company that poses the least fire hazard. … More Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role

Building a Business and the Truth about Lying

By: Phillip Bogdanovich 200. It’s not the cheap knockoff version of the movie 300 (a masterpiece), or my favorite Olympic event. Mind-bogglingly, it’s the number of times the average person is lied to in a day. In fact, for every ten minutes of conversation, the average person lies three times. Lying is normal, but its … More Building a Business and the Truth about Lying

Executive Leadership: The Effect of Boundary-Setting on Company Culture

By: Phillip Bogdanovich Chief Technical Officer. Chief Financial Officer. Chief Marketing Officer. These jobs are self explanatory: the title-holder has ultimate responsibility for the function named in each. Although they are arguably the most powerful seats at the table, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer are much less well defined. My recent firsthand … More Executive Leadership: The Effect of Boundary-Setting on Company Culture

The Art of Balance: Commander’s Intent

  By: Phillip Bogdanovich This is the third in a three-post series about expectation management, focusing on self-imposed expectations. In the military, missions are managed according to the Commander’s Intent—a public statement of the purpose of the mission and its desired outcomes. When you embrace Commander’s Intent, you commit to letting the process be the … More The Art of Balance: Commander’s Intent

The Art of Balance: Customer Expectations

By Phillip Bogdanovich This post is the second in a three-part series about the importance of expectation management, focusing on teams and employees. This portion of the series will focus on establishing customer expectation and part three will cover self-imposed expectation management. A customer concern is a burning house. You don’t have to know anything … More The Art of Balance: Customer Expectations