Startup Business Strategy: Go Slow to Go Fast
Honored to be featured by Marty Zwilling on Startup Professionals, For Entrepreneurs Who are in a Hurry to Succeed. I am kindred spirit when it comes to start-ups. Having been a DoubleClicker and spent most of my career as a rain maker, I was always in startup mode. My DNA is hardwired to build a strong foundation for a scalable enterprise in a very short time with strict budget parameters. My personal mantra is taken from Cosimo di Giovanni de’ Medici (take the secret passage tour in Florence) known for unifying Italy. Cosimo’s words: “Go slow to go fast”. That means getting it right the first time.
Marty’s credentials: CEO & Founder of Startup Professionals, Inc.; Advisory Board Member for multiple startups; ATI Angels Selection Committee; Venture Mentor at ASU. Published on Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post. Feel free to follow Marty on Twitter StartupPro or Circle me on Google+.
In Marty’s own words:
We have all had to work with annoying team members in business. If you are not their manager, it’s tempting to just walk away, tune them out, or react sharply, but these reactions are not appropriate for managers, and are equally ineffective for peers and team mates. Remember that annoying doesn’t mean non-productive – these may be top performers, with critical business skills.
The good news is that you can learn to deal with well-meaning peers and people you manage, by employing a set of proven tactics, as outlined in a new book, “Managing Annoying People,” from veteran business leader and workplace consultant Ilene Marcus. As a long-time business adviser, I fully support her key pragmatic relationship strategies, which I paraphrase here as follows:
Based on Marty’s comments, can you share your start-up challenges that you can’t afford to get wrong?