Publications

  • Professionalize a Startup Without Stifling It

    July 29, 2016 | HBR.org

    A company loses momentum when revenue grows faster than talent. But effective leadership teams can follow a few important principles to keep professionalization on track.

  • 85 percent of company shortfalls in achieving sustained, profitable growth are caused by internal breakdowns, not external factors

    July 21, 2016 | Founder's Mentality℠ | Press release

    A new Bain & Company study finds 85 percent of company shortfalls in achieving sustained, profitable growth are caused by internal breakdowns, not external factors

  • Barriers and Pathways to Sustainable Growth: Harnessing the Power of the Founder's Mentality

    July 20, 2016 | Bain report

    Most executives will say that internal obstacles, not external ones, keep their companies from growing profitably. Yet some companies have been able to anticipate and address these challenges.

  • The 3 Things That Keep Companies Growing

    June 08, 2016 | Harvard Business Review

    Most companies that achieve sustainable growth share a common set of motivating attitudes and behaviors that can usually be traced back to a bold, ambitious founder. Read an excerpt from the upcoming book, The Founder's Mentality.

  • The Case for Companies to Focus on "Micro-Battles"

    May 31, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal's The Experts

    When founders launch their companies, they often thrive by targeting underserved customers that competitors have ignored. They excel in speed, experimentation and a stream of innovation.

  • Why young firms need Monday morning fights

    May 27, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal's The Experts

    Smart businesses also know instinctively that conflict is good—as long as it gets resolved quickly. Dialogue and debate in the workplace can stimulate growth and innovation.

  • The journey north

    December 22, 2014 | Business Standard

    Every growing company reaches a critical point in its development when sustaining profitable growth means adding the systems, capabilities and talent that will allow it to achieve scale. The hard part is doing so without losing vital elements of the company's founding culture in the bargain - what