The Secret Ingredient to Building Effective Relationships

The Power of Mutual Perspective

A wise man once said to “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It seems increasingly rare to find leaders who harness this mindset. Seeking to understand others first is not anyone’s natural tendency. I think this is why it stands out so much when we experience it. In the VC world, we often […]

How to Succeed as a CMO Today

Evolution of the Modern CMO

In 2006, I took my first role as a CMO of a B2B software company. I can remember the reaction of my friends and peers like it was yesterday. A neighbor asked how I became a Chief Medical Officer (a different kind of CMO) so quickly, and I think the rest thought I had simply […]

4 Ways to Ignite Your Workforce

Unlock the Power of Your Company’s Greatest Asset

I love hearing details about a company’s growth story when they pitch to me. But, revenue alone certainly doesn’t provide a clear picture of everything that is happening. The tell-tale sign of organizational health is the quality of employee engagement. Success in this area takes a group effort. Of course, the CEO and other key […]

Making the Most of Coffee Meetings

Ever since IBM acquired Xtify, I have been flooded with requests to “have” coffee. Whether deserved or not, an exit to a sought-after acquirer makes you a pseudo-oracle.  I am usually flattered, often assent, but too frequently disappointed.  Some people just don’t know how to prepare for coffee. In an age of ubiquitous Starbucks and […]

The Secret Weapon for Building Great Culture

On Sunday, we witnessed an unbelievable finish to Super Bowl LI. Love the Patriots or hate them, they know how to win. Being a Colts fan, I’m personally not a card-carrying member of the Pats’ Fan Club (not even close), but the power of the Patriots’ culture is hard to deny. They have built a […]

Why Saying “No” is Essential to Success

Saying "No" Can Lead to a Better "Yes"

I have a confession to make…somehow I fell into the trap that you can do it all. And the way to “do it all” was to just keep saying yes. Another meeting? Ok. Another “quick” phone call? Why not. Another board role? Sure. You get the idea. The problem is, it’s all a big lie. […]

My Recommended Reading List

Table of Contents: Business and Leadership: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become […]