CategoryLearnings

The three things I learned in 2017

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At the beginning of every year, I spend a good deal of time thinking about what I learned from the year just gone. The process of reflecting deeply about the things I learned and then writing them down helps crystallise and consolidate the learnings in a way that makes me a) more likely to remember them, and b) more likely to implement whatever changes I need to make to become a better CEO /...

Things I learned in 2017 | 3. Striving for consensus isn’t always the right way to go

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At the beginning of last year, amongst other things I blogged about the importance of bringing senior people along with me in decisions that affect the trajectory of the company. I recognised that my directive, instinct-driven approach to decision-making was incompatible with the size of business we’d become and the fact that I was reliant on senior peoples’ buy-in to ensure decisions were...

Things I learned in 2017 | 2. Getting outside your comfort zone is critical

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In 2017 I uprooted my young family and moved 3000 miles west from New York to San Francisco. There were some sound business reasons for doing it, which I covered in a blog at the time. And from a business perspective, the decision to move to San Francisco has proven to be a very good one. But the biggest benefit both to me and the company is intangible, unmeasurable and hard to define or describe...

Things I learned in 2017 | 1. Networking is actually amazing

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When I first started out in the working world, I avoided networking opportunities like the plague. I hated the whole premise of attending events, exchanging business cards and muscling into conversations with the most influential people in the room. It always felt so insincere and artificial. I told myself that I could grow a company without being one of the scensters, pressing the flesh at every...

The Business Case For Generosity

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The thing I’ve been most struck by since arriving in the Bay Area is the incredible generosity of the tech community – both individually and collectively. It feels like everyone I meet introduces me to another three relevant people and invites me to a bunch of interesting events and meetups. As a result, my network feels larger and more valuable after three months in San Francisco than...

One Month In: Six Initial Impressions Of San Francisco

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A month ago, I uprooted my family and moved to San Francisco. I suspect some people in my personal and professional circles thought this was recklessly impulsive and spontaneous. The truth is I’ve been planning on making this move from day one of starting Clarity. We work with technology companies — typically young, VC-backed technology companies. There are more companies that fit our...

My six biggest mistakes of 2016

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Like most of us, I fuck-up pretty regularly. Also like most of us, I don’t like admitting when I get something wrong. I’m learning to a) admit mistakes and errors of judgement to myself and those affected and b) do my utmost to learn from those mistakes to minimise the chances of me making them again. Reflecting on the past year, I made a lot of cock-ups. Some were borne of lack of experience...

“You can’t crack an egg with a pickaxe”. Four things I’ve learnt about building a great company culture.

This time last year, I launched Project Heartbeat – an initiative designed to effect a fundamental positive change to my company’s culture. At the time, our staff turnover was horrendous, morale was universally low and I felt deflated and disinterested in my own company.  Today, we have a significantly more engaged and motivated team. Staff churn has slowed to almost zero. I feel excited...

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I'm Sami: founder & CEO of Clarity PR and occasional angel investor. I blog here about entrepreneurship, leadership, building great company cultures, angel investing, fatherhood and personal development.

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