I haven't had a chance to update this blog lately. Sorry readers, but I'm sure most of you didn't notice.
No bold predictions for 2008, I haven't had time to pull my heads out of the weeds at 4INFO long enough to think objectively about anything outside wireless and advertising.
I'll leave you with some quick thoughts on starting companies and entrepreneurship:
- If you're going to read one book next year, read Bill Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management.
- My biggest take-aways from Swanson's book:
- When you ask for somebody to do something, also remind them why you are asking for it. That way if they hit a roadblock and you are not around they can come up with a creative solution.
- Always ask for confirmation that people understand what you are asking for or what they to-do's are.
- Paul Soros once told me: "Starting a company is easy, getting it to break-even is the hard part."
- As a leader, your job should be to try and make yourself obsolete: that means you hired well and all the gears in the company are working...allowing you to focus externally and on big picture strategy.
- Culture, culture, culture - this starts the moment you start a company and is never not important.
Have a great 2008!