Is your purpose statement really just a marketing gimmick?

mission (and vision and values)When Simon Sinek‚Äôs Ted Talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, went viral, it fueled the resurgence of the purpose-driven organization. Of course, the best practice in corporate development has long included the development of mission (and vision and values) as a cultural baseline for strategy. But, as the corporate world has…

Two easy ways to build momentum

James is a young entrepreneur. He was recruited by seasoned entrepreneurs to help bootstrap a new venture. Together, he and other similarly recruited co-founders have been working under the tutelage of these entrepreneurs and making progress in learning the market and getting product into the hands of consumers. Over these months, James has demonstrated that…

Without Passion, Your Efforts Are Doomed

It’s hard to be successful without passion. Passion turns work into a labor of love. It provides intrinsic motivation and endurance. Those who are passionate about their work are fiercely committed to results. Great leaders are passionate about their cause. The teams they inspire will move mountains. Without passion, hardly anyone will follow.

Leadership Traits, in a Nutshell

I recently posed a question to the daviddewolf.com community: “In your opinion, what is the one word that describes the most important trait of a leader?”. Here are the results:

Don’t Be Afraid of Progress

Who would have thought that the homeschool dad was the “progressive”? Last week, Teresa and I received a letter from the junior high school that our daughter is about to enter. After years of homeschooling, our oldest will be the first in our family to go off to school. She’s rather excited, and so are…

Stages of Entrepreneurial Growth

3Pillar executive Bobby Christian recently sent me this insight into the various phases of company growth.  It’s one man’s perspective, but I found it fairly insightful – and true to what I have experienced. $0 to $2mm is about guts and waking up early and staying up late $2mm to $5mm is about the will…

Don’t make it bigger than it needs to be

Too few people have strong work ethics these days. Those that do understand their responsibilities, work hard to fulfill them, and go the extra mile when necessary. I have a profound respect for people who value hard work and diligence and see them as morally beneficial and character building. For those who share this value…

Think twice before you take a snow day

Two months in to my professional career I learned the value of a strong work ethic and professional commitment. Living in Dallas, the few inches of snow that had fallen were enough to cause widespread cancellations throughout the city. Being new to the workforce and having learned to drive in Colorado, it never dawned on…