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Leadership & Resiliency Reading List

May 29, 2015

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” - Alain de Botton

What is the definition of resiliency except the ability to rise after being knocked down? Isn’t that resiliency? It is not about whether or not you got knocked down. In the end, the definition of resiliency is the capacity to cut through your own lying, your own tendency for self-delusion, and to pick yourself up and learn from the experience.

In the startup life, we get knocked down and get back up on a daily basis. Every successful startup's path to success is paved with failures, small and large. It is part of the process. Yet, how do you know when it is time to keep trudging the path through failure or time to heed failure as a warning to stop? In the most recent Reboot podcast, Jerry Colonna and entrepreneur Nigel Sharp discuss, "Are you being resilient or stubborn?"

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Organizational Debt is Like Technical debt — But Worse

Steve Blank outlines the pitfalls of, as well as how to overcome, organizational debt in this practical, actionable post. If you read only one article this week, make it this one. 

The Consultants' Crusade Against Happiness

Ignore the sensationalistic headline, this article posits the difference between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness in the workplace. Hint: For productive, impactful employees you want eudaimonic. 

It's called "Ship" not "Shit".

Founder Cat Noone calls for heeding quality alongside speed in what she coins "The Minimum Lovable Product”. 

How to tell an investor your business has failed

Josh Maher, President of Seattle Angel, shares ten suggestions to help founders fail consciously. 

Let’s Talk Money: For Startups, 5 Rules on When, Why and How Much to Raise

5 ideas to bear in mind when raising money from Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite. 

Why I Won’t Run Another Startup

Serial founder Arthur Attwell shares 5 new rules for himself following his failed startup. Number 1: he won’t call his new business a startup anymore.

Value-add VCs Are Not Bullsh*t - Here’s Why

Kyle Lacy of OpenView Venture Partners responds to Christian Claussen’s recent article critical of value-add VCs (featured in last week’s digest) with an opposing perspective. 

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