This piece brilliantly ties together leadership lessons from the great conductors in music to similar leadership lessons in the business world.
Most entrepreneurs I know are individually very innovative, but a successful startup can’t be a one-man show (for long). That means they need to build an innovative team, which is not a skill that most people are born with. In fact, some very innovative individuals, known as ‘idea people’ or inventors, often end up creating […]
Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is convinced that his or her idea could be the next big startup, blossoming into a billion dollar unicorn. Yet I find that only a few are able to put their passion aside for a moment and compare their solution to the attributes that really attract a large market of […]
When companies ask me what B2B marketing strategies they should leverage, I always tell them the same thing: The “High School Party” Strategy. Think back to high school… For a lot of “mid-tier” popular kids — kids who weren’t the coolest — an incredible opportunity came up in during sophomore or junior year. If their […]
One of my all-time favorite anecdotes for motivating people describes how Charles Schwab turned around a struggling mill with little more than a piece of chalk. Here’s how Dale Carnegie describes it in his classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People, “Schwab asked the manager for a piece of chalk, then, turning to […]
Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while, it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination. I was reading an old article written by marketing guru Seth Godin a while back where […]
There’s a game that, as Startup/VC lawyers, we’ve seen played out across many ecosystems. We’ll call it “own the lawyers,” and because it benefits repeat players (professional investors, service providers) at the expense of first-time founders – and the former are usually the people controlling the microphones – it rarely gets discussed publicly.
Walk down the main streets of any major city and retail dysfunction radiates from the blank and butcher-papered windows of empty storefronts. In Manhattan, fully one-third of retail locations are vacant. In San Francisco, iconic retailers like the quixotic Gump’s have vanished into memory.
Schutzler’s view of leadership is different than many academics and executive coaches, who feel that leadership is an innate character trait
Throughout my career, I’ve attended dozens of women’s networking events, including lunches, happy hour meet-and-greets and more. In a professional culture where women are routinely left out of March Madness pools and are also denied the same choice of employment as men or a seat at the Vice President’s table, women-only networking groups have often […]