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Posts from January 2013

Gustin Partners | January 23, 2013 |

Real Leaders Are Themselves, Not Who Others Wish Them to Be

by Tim Mead, Managing Director

Authenticity, in an age of increasing transparency, is itself becoming an increasingly important attribute of corporate leadership. It means undisputed credibility by one definition, it signifies being true to one’s own personality, spirit or character by another.

Put another way: What every good leader knows and every aspiring one should know is—people (colleagues, allies, investors, customers, etc.) aren’t stupid. If you are not straight with them—in person, action and deed—they will exit, maybe not right away but eventually.

Authenticity isn’t something a person or an organization is born with—a... Read more

Gustin Partners | January 10, 2013 |

Leadership at Early Stage Technology Companies and Start-ups

by Paul Basson, Director, Europe; Principal, Basson Consulting

Leadership is the catalyst that translates vision into reality, ultimately realizing something in the future that would not have happened without that leadership.

Early stage and start-up technology companies differ from those in other sectors and from established companies in many ways. They are generally much more innovative and often product and technology focused because the founders are still running the business. Passion and enthusiasm runs through the organisation and expectations are high and need to be managed. Fundamental administration, social support... Read more


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