How My Faith Has Shaped My Leadership

How Catholicism Has Shaped My Leadership

I’m not one to stand on a soap box.  I’m passionate about my Catholic faith, but I don’t feel a need to confront others with it.  St. Francis is quoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel, and when necessary use words.”

I try to live my life in a way that is consistent with my beliefs and allow my actions to speak for who I am.  I’m not out to convert anyone.  I’m out to live in a way that is consistent with what I believe.

This consistency of character is integrity.  Do what you say and say what you do.

Being Present and Vacationing Well

Being Present and Vacationing Well

I’m just back from Disney World with the family.  And, frankly, I’m not a great vacationer.

As a certified workaholic, I love what I do and have a hard time tearing myself away.  That said, I know that downtime is important every now and then for my own mental well-being and, more importantly, for my family.  I need to spend dedicated, undivided attention with them.

Lessons Learned from Christmas Lights

I dread the beginning of Advent. Dread might not be a strong enough word.  Hate?  Perhaps.

It’s my wife’s favorite weekend of the year.  Like clockwork, she wants to put up the Christmas decorations.

Young man trying to fix Christmas tree lights

That’s the part I dread.  But this year, I was determined to make the most of it. I was going to will myself to have a positive attitude.

I failed.

Tips for Effective Meetings with Your Board: Lessons from a First-Time CEO

Tips for Effective Meetings

I’ve been fortunate to learn about running effective meetings from seasoned and experienced executives.

My board’s chair has run three public companies and three venture-backed companies.  My audit committee chair was the CFO of one of the most successful IPOs of the 2000 tech bubble. Another board member has built and sold numerous businesses and sat on numerous boards (both public and private) over the the past five decades. My newest board member is a partner of our private equity firm and is continuously working with CEOs at a board level.

While each of my board members has a bit of a different perspective, all of them have taught me a great deal about running an effective board meeting.  Here’s are the techniques I’ve learned.

Getting Past the Poison and Working Together as a Team

Toxic sign

We have a major problem in America. Our political system has become so poisonous that it is impossible for us to make decisions and move forward.

We need to learn the difference between negotiation and compromise and principles that cannot be altered.

There are certain things that are fundamental, issues of moral principle, that simply cannot be negotiated. However, the majority of issues, are available to compromise.

It is essential that we learn to negotiate, to look at the positives and similarities that we have with others. We need to learn what working together as a team really is.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask for Advice: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

We hear the cliche over and over again. But when you’re starting out, do you really know anyone?  And as you get going, do you really know anyone who matters?  And if you try to sit down with someone who does, will they really give you the time of day?

You’d be surprised.

Business Partners Helping Each Other

“Introducing the New Humble Confidence Podcast: “Steal My Show””
by David DeWolf

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Steal My Show
12/9/2013

In January, I’ll be officially launching a new podcast on the Humble Confidence blog: “Steal My Show.”

Today, I’m excited to share Episode 0 with you. It’s a preview, of sorts, and an attempt to get the attention of TobyMac and ForeFront Records (Toby, please respond to david[at]daviddewolf.com).

Steal My Show

Over the past several weeks I have been trying to get their permission to use Toby’s song “Steal My Show” as the theme song for my the new Humble Confidence podcast, which I have appropriately named “Steal My Show”.  Unfortunately, I have yet to get through to him or the folks at Forefront Records, so hopefully a bit of new media will do the trick.

In this episode, I introduce myself and share why I want to start a podcast. (And, yes, I make a plea to Toby.)

Have a listen. I’d love to know what you think!

Starting in January, podcasts will be published weekly and available through iTunes, or, whatever your favorite podcast service is.

In this episode, I introduce myself and share why I want to start a podcast. (And, yes, I make a plea to Toby.)

Have a listen. I’d love to know what you think!

Starting in January, podcasts will be published weekly and available through iTunes or whatever your favorite podcast service is.