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.
While it’s been rather en vogue to tout and “invest” in “experiences over things”, I wonder if this downplays the value of something even more meaningful than the experiences themselves — people: Parents who support and guide us. Partners who make those experiences worthwhile. Siblings who understand us. Children who give us drive and purpose.…
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.
Over the years, I’ve used a very simple and straightforward technique for assessing team members’ performance and contribution based on their skill level in their role, will to work hard on the job, and their attitude towards their colleagues and clients. In fact, these three dimensions were the basis of The 7 Categories of Coworkers. In this…