I originally posted this on Tumblr but….how would do you ever get to that?
Also, I’ve been encouraged again to post more regularly here so thought I’d start with this – some reflections on the past week – a normal crazy week. I’ll admit that the first few on entrepreneurs are kind of raw. While perfect companies never invite me in, I’m finding the common dysfunctions of entrepreneurial ones a little….tiresome? discouraging? Common? Here goes:
- crazy entrerpreneurs – several drinks this week with employees of entrepreneur owned firms. Common theme – employees observe that being an entrepreneur has little to do with managing a business. I agree, it generally has something to do with starting or buying a business (desperation, no other choice, unable to work for someone else). Managing a business is a whole different thing.
- everyone’s exception to the rule (whether it’s true or not) – yeah, Bill Gates appears to have started and successfully managed his business
- ego – I think I won the argument about where ego comes from (or at least I put up a good fight): ego is the manifestation of insecurity – check it out – the people that demonstrate the lowest level of ego are the ones who are most comfortable with themselves
- agreed – many insecure entrepreneurs do great things
- up for debate (but what I believe) – because they have a lot to prove?
- secret sauce – one of my entrepreneur friends observed there is no secret sauce for running a business. I disagree, and he agreed. There is. It’s people. Great people = successful business. Bad people = no business. Note: bad managers attract bad people.
- deal with it – firing people is a key way of getting to good people – yes it’s hard – good people will thank you for it – and respect you
- relax – when I found out Britney Spears was following my daughter on Twitter (I know, she auto-follows – kind of like tweet-cyncing) I tweeted a version of Britney’s latest song title to make a joke “well f u seek amy” (Britney uses it the same way) – and lost 15 followers in 5 minutes. Seriously. Lighten up!!
- friends – I talked to a great friend feeling a little down who’d analyzed it back to wishing popularity would translate to more people who really care (this person has LOTs of friends). It’s a tough one. Caring means investing beyond a drink here and there. Lots of people don’t get that.
- Google Latitude. A couple of friends turned me on to it. I think it’s creepy. But…yesterday my daughter was driving 2 hours to school and I got to follow her the whole way. I know it made us both feel better. Also, I will speak to her about shutting me down once she got there!
- taking Friday off – now that it’s summer I want to do more of that. In the meantime I’m heading to Whistler to go skiing. It doesn’t really make sense to me either 🙂