35 Habits: #25. Keep a close eye on the competition. 0

35 Habits: #25. Keep a close eye on the competition.

“I use the first 15 minutes of each day to read competitive websites and any press they might be receiving. Knowing what our competition is doing or thinking is critical to our ability to...

35 Habits: #24. Get coached. 0

35 Habits: #24. Get coached.

“Olympic athletes have coaches — so should CEOs. I have had a coach for years, Ed Batista, who I work with at least biweekly to recognize and improve my weaknesses.” –Douglas Merrill, former CIO of...

35 Habits: #23. Prepare budgets by initiatives and expected outcomes rather than by functions 0

35 Habits: #23. Prepare budgets by initiatives and expected outcomes rather than by functions

“Thinking about spending this way keeps me focused on how each dollar contributes to building the company.” –Mike Zivin, co-founder and CEO of Whittl, an online appointment booking platform for neighborhood businesses, which recently...

The Best Time to Invest in Yourself 0

The Best Time to Invest in Yourself

“Recessions are the best time to start a company. Companies fail. Others hold back capital. If you are willing to do the preparation and work, it is the best time to invest in yourself...

35 Habits: #22. Talk to People 0

35 Habits: #22. Talk to People

“This is often described as ‘managing by wandering around,’ but don’t undervalue it. Having random conversations with different people across the organization will help you keep your ear to the ground on what is really happening....

35 Habits: #21. Prioritize a Daily To-Do List 0

35 Habits: #21. Prioritize a Daily To-Do List

“I’m a zero-inbox CEO. Occasionally I don’t get there, but each night I give it my all to power through via all available gmail shortcuts and give folks the response they need as quickly and...

35 Habits: #20. Exude Positivity 0

35 Habits: #20. Exude Positivity

“I’ve made it a habit to be a positive, enthusiastic source within my company. Even in the morning, ‘hi’ or ‘welcome’ has huge ripple effects across the organization at scale. It seems simple but has the power...

35 Habits: #19 Allow Enough Unscheduled Time During the day to Think, React, or Write 0

35 Habits: #19 Allow Enough Unscheduled Time During the day to Think, React, or Write

“This enables me to get things done on the same day instead of allowing the guilt pile to build up. I keep blocks on my schedule to avoid overscheduling each day… I am significantly more...

35 Habits: #18. Always Ask Why 0

35 Habits: #18. Always Ask Why

“So much of work becomes too focused on the what — the plan we’re writing, the project we’re trying to complete on time, the deadline we missed. We don’t ask why enough, even though it’s the...

35 Habits: #17. Be Unpredictable. 0

35 Habits: #17. Be Unpredictable.

“Successful people predict trends but are original and innovative. Have your own workflow, stick with it or break the rules, but try to stay ahead of others by getting away from patterns.” –Serban Enache, CEO...