Say goodbye to soul-crushing meetings

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I realize I haven’t posted in some time, and my apologies for that. In addition to coaching startup CEOs and helping startups build and scale awesome cultures, I’ve been fairly heads down working on a new tech startup called MeetingHero.  Our mission is to rid the world of soul-crushing meetings.

Last year, a friend challenged me with this question:  ”What is the biggest pain point you could solve at scale that would help to elevate company cultures and increase people’s fulfillment at work?”

Almost exactly 24 hours later, I had what felt like an epiphany moment: Meetings!  Just about everyone I know spends about half their day (or more) in meetings, and finds most of them to be a frustrating waste of time. There are over 12 million meetings a day in the U.S. and it is estimated that 50% of the time spent in meeting is wasted! And yet as a facilitator, I’ve had the privilege of running some meetings where people were deeply connecting, stirring one another’s creativity and getting laser focused to move meaningful projects forward. There is a HUGE gap between how meetings are and how meetings ought to be.

We’re going to bridge that gap.

We believe that just a bit of structure can have tremendous impact on the quality and productivity of a meeting, and that structure can be provided through technology in a completely scalable way. We’ve built a web and mobile app that makes it easy for teams to have highly productive, engaging meetings.  We’re on a crusade against unfocused meetings that have no impact on the future.  And we invite you to join us at http://www.meetinghero.com.


LEVERAGE: A 2-Day Leadership Workshop for Startup CEOs

I’ve had the privilege of working with some extraordinary entrepreneurs over the last 5 years helping them become the kind of leaders they want to be, scale their companies and building strong, aligned cultures. A few months ago, someone made the point that there are tons of startup CEOs out there who would really benefit from the kind of coaching and training that I do but don’t have access to it – either because they’re not aware of it , aren’t ready to commit to weekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions or aren’t big enough to justify internal leadership training programs. There’s a fundamental lack of leadership training opportunities in Silicon Valley. So, I decided to do something about it…

LEVERAGE: A 2-Day Leadership Workshop for Startup CEOs
November 8 – 9
San Francisco, CA

LEVERAGE is a 2-day leadership workshop for startup CEOs who are focused on scaling their teams and companies. We’re keeping it small and intimate – capped at 20 people – to make sure that everyone who attends gets the depth of attention they need from me, one another and the amazing group of mentors who have volunteered to come to the workshop, dig in and help (Slava Rubin, Om Malik, Hiten Shah, Greg Tseng, Joe Fernandez, Gil Penchina, Lukas Biewald, Nir Eyal and others). We’ll create a safe environment in which CEO attendees can address their specific challenges and immediately apply the learning and personal growth to their businesses – so things are different when they go back to work on Monday.

I’m committed to making sure everyone who attends gets tremendous value from the event, and from each other. I’ve created an application process to ensure that this happens. If it seems like a good fit after completing a simple (<5 minute) application form, we’ll set up a 15-minute call to talk through your specific challenges and goals to make sure that that your experience at the workshop will be a multiplier for you and your startup.

We currently have 15 amazing entrepreneurs attending, and 5 spots open.  To apply for the Leverage workshop, please click here.

Hope to see you soon!
Dave


The Entrepreneur’s “Not Enough” Trap – and How To Avoid It

I recently published an article in Fast Company about transcending “I’m not enough” to build a company from a place of sufficiency, love and service.

Let me know what you think…  The Entrepreneur’s Not Enough Trap – and How To Avoid It


Why Culture Should Be Your Central Focus

I recently was asked to write a guest post for FounderDating’s FounderTalk series, in which I shared about my own challenges in building culture at the startup I co-founded, and some of the lessons I learned the hard way about myself and the importance of understanding your own motivations as a founder in developing the culture you want.

Check it out and let me know what you think…  Why Culture Should Be Your Central Focus


Hacking 1-on-1s

I’m often asked for advice on conducting effective one-on-ones. I was recently speaking to Monisha Perkash, CEO of LUMOback, and she told me about a simple technique she uses for conducting one-on-one conversations with team members that I felt compelled to share. It’s called:

Happy / Worried / Frustrated Read the rest of this entry »


Days 20 – 31 of Kindness

Happy New Year!

I committed to doing 31 days of kindness in December and reporting on it, and here’s my final report.  From December 20th – December 31st, I did the following acts of kindness: Read the rest of this entry »


Days 11 – 19 of Kindness

At the beginning of December, I decided to do 31 Days of Kindness, in which I would do at least one intentional act of kindness each day and then write about them every week or so. On December 10th, I reported in on the first 10 days. Here’s my report on days 11 – 19: Read the rest of this entry »


Days 1 – 10 of Kindness

At the beginning of December, I decided to do 31 Days of Kindness, in which I would do at least one intentional act of kindness each day and then write about them every week or so.  Here’s my report from December 1 – 10: Read the rest of this entry »


31 Days of Kindness

One of my core values is kindness. While I try to be intentional about being a kind and generous person, I’m aware of how often I get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of building a business, raising two young boys and trying to be a good husband, son and brother.  I find I’m often and easily distracted from being the person I want to be by the incessant inner dialogue, which in my case tends to focus on whether I’m good enough (for what exactly, I’m not sure), what I really should be doing with my life, whether I’m living up to my gifts and potential, and how to make sure I’ll always be able to provide for my family.  So… for the last 31 days of 2012, I’ve decided to step it up a notch and do at least one thing each day that is unusually kind; something that I would not otherwise do but for the intention of creating 31 days of kindness.  I’ll write a blog post every week or so to share my acts of kindness from that week.  If you feel so moved, I invite you to join me, and start your own 31 days of kindness.  It can’t hurt, and it may just change your life.


How To Give Feedback That Wins You FANS

Over the last year or so, I’ve developed and delivered what I call a ‘Startup Leadership 101’ program for some of the fastest-growing technology companies in Silicon Valley. I noticed that as startups grow, individual contributors with little to no management experience are often thrust into a leadership role, without the requisite skills and self-awareness to be great at that part of their job. One of the parts of the program that participants find most helpful is the segment on giving feedback, since this is such a crucial, and often botched, part of being a manager. Read the rest of this entry »


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