I finally mustered the guts to transition from written words to spoken ones. I’m so much more comfortable writing than I am in front of a camera. Entrepreneurship has taught me a lesson: that Nolan Bushnell was spot on when he declared, “everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the…
I’m a founder, CEO, and investor in a growing technology startup. Yes, I experience stress that accompanies my love and passion for what I do.
More to the point, my stress is frequently misunderstood. Unexpected things happen; many of them are due to mistakes made and associated human error, miscommunication, or missteps. It’s frequently assumed that it’s these mistakes that drive my stress. They aren’t. In this article, I explain why mistakes aren’t what worry or stress me and, instead, it’s our reaction to mistakes that does.
Mistakes are unintended tests of individuals and teams; how mistakes are handled reflects a Mistake Maturity measuring an individual and an organization’s ability to overcome and thrive. Below are the five levels of Mistake Maturity (MM): levels MM0 through MM4.
I’ve been interviewing many candidates of late and these recent experiences have inspired this.
1. Show up early.
2. Dress like you care.
3. Bring your A-game energy.
4. Do your homework.
5. Want the job.
Over my career, I’ve been fortunate to lead some sizeable teams. Large teams are like a tribe that has an established culture and traditions; one new tribe member can only change the tribe so much. The counter scenario is equally true: a newly-established small tribe is still establishing its culture and traditions with each new…
About the Series Over the last nearly three decades (I’m getting…let’s call it “mature”), I’ve had the good fortune of being able to do everything from working as a software engineer to running a team of over 2,100 people across eighteen offices around the world to founding a software-as-a-service startup that. Over those years, I’ve…
https://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/179771/54510271 10: Bassam Salem, CEO of AtlasRTX, on Heroes Swimming Against the “Norm”, Getting Things Wrong When We Are Sure We Are Right from Brett Pinegar on Vimeo.
We Hire Culture It’s been a little over two years since founding AtlasRTX, our first in-house Mindshare Venture. For that entire time, our fundamental strategy, operating plan, and cultural norms have remained very consistent. But now, it’s time for refinement and evolution of our key principles guiding our company culture. And, as I’ve long said,…