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Leadership In Depth Path to Execution Part III: Critical Habits of Mind

// Thomas L. Steding, Ph.D.

January 14, 2015 - This article is co-authored by Howard Teich, Ph.D.
In Parts I and II of this series, we presented a diagnostic model for identifying hidden factors that often drive outcome, and a set of practices establishing a self-regulating system for overcoming commonly observed leadership dysfunctionality. Here we take another step beyond to define several habits of thinking that reinforce and extend the advantages so far described.
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The Amazing Impact of (Appropriate) Debt in SaaS Startups

// Zack Mansfield

January 14, 2015 - Redpoint’s Tom Tunguz is one of my favorite VC bloggers for his use of data and visualizations to unlock truths about growing companies. In May 2014, he wrote a piece entitled “A Surprisingly Powerful Mechanism for Growing a SaaS Startup. Tom’s main point was that SaaS businesses that can bill and collect cash annually up front have a materially different working capital reality than those that are forced to bill and collect monthly or quarterly. This upfront cash can be used to fund operations, but it also is important because it extends runway, enabling the company to delay the pricing of a follow-on round and reduce the dilution for existing shareholders.
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The Current State of the Financial Markets

// David Schawel

January 14, 2015 - Every year since the end of the financial crisis it seems like economic pundits have proclaimed that “this is the year rates will rise.” We are now six years past the crisis, and the Federal Reserve still hasn’t raised overnight rates. Equally interesting is that longer-term US Treasury yields have fallen precipitously of late, with the 10-year falling below 2% and the 30-year at ~2.50%.
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Co-Founders as “Work Spouses”

// Zack Mansfield

December 16, 2014 - I could tell by the brief hesitation that my friend and client wasn’t sure whether to say what was on his mind or not. He is the CEO of a fast-growing company, and while we had just finalized a new deal together we didn’t know each other that well. There was a pause, a quick sip of his water and a glance across the table to his co-founder before he finally blurted it out.
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Leadership In Depth Path to Execution Part II: The Practices of Execution

// Thomas L. Steding, Ph.D.

December 16, 2014 - This article is co-authored by Howard Teich, Ph.D.
In Part I of this series, we discussed “the hidden to be revealed,” comprising those deeper and often unrecognized leadership factors that rule outcome and inhibit execution. We also described a three-layer model for identifying those factors, along with the four archetypal dimensions of the underlying Mindset Layer. And we identified creative collaboration as the central organizing principle for driving team performance.
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Three Questions Every Small Business Should Ask Their Accountant

// David Ehrenberg

December 16, 2014 - You need help managing your small business finances. You need a professional partner who understands small businesses and can offer you strategic financial advice, help you to manage growth, ensure you’re in compliance, uncover potential business issues, and keep you on track. You need a strategic financial partner who is in close contact, asking questions and ensuring that they understand your business intimately.
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