Archive for the ‘Lessons & Epiphanies’ Category

Not Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Icon Written by Alora on February 24, 2010 – 10:00 am

I love startups. I love the chaos. I love the insane hours. I love the energy. I love the types of people who are attracted to work on high-risk ideas with long odds. I love the culture that evolves around them. I love it all. I have spent my career hopping from one startup to […]

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Trick Questions

Icon Written by Alora on October 14, 2009 – 4:33 pm

Some questions are just a trick. The interview process is full of these: there really is no right or wrong answer. The point is just to read something into which option you pick. My favorite of these is the famous one: “Which is more important to you: being liked or being respected?” As a boss, […]

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Opportunities in Chaos

Icon Written by Alora on September 16, 2009 – 8:22 pm

As the old joke says, “There are two kinds of people in the world…” In my corner of the universe, there are those who love working in/with startups and those who don’t. Those to love it never question why someone else likes it. Those who have either never done it or who have low tolerance […]

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StrengthsFinder2.0 – Command

Icon Written by Alora on September 10, 2009 – 6:46 pm

Definition of “Command” from StrengthsFinder2.0: Instinctively, you earnestly apply yourself to seeing things as they really are. You bring a practical, matter-of-fact, and unsentimental outlook to various discussions, projects, or planning meetings. It’s very likely that you seem willing to take chances. You frequently venture into unknown territory when that can make the difference between […]

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StrengthsFinder2.0 – Focus

Icon Written by Alora on September 1, 2009 – 6:36 pm

Definition of “Focus” from StrengthsFinder2.0: Instinctively, you are industrious, diligent, and persistent. You naturally set difficult-to-reach goals. These normally demand a great amount of your time. While your work ethic is evident, you question whether the promotions, titles, opportunities, or status symbols you desire could exact too high a price. Driven by your talents, you […]

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StrengthsFinder2.0 – Significance

Icon Written by Alora on August 21, 2009 – 6:25 pm

Definition of “Significance” from StrengthsFinder2.0: Driven by your talents, you are determined to be in charge of your own destiny. This is your life. You intend to be the ultimate decision maker regarding personal and professional matters. Instinctively, you yearn to get ahead. You strive to acquire many of the status symbols and special privileges […]

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StrengthsFinder2.0 – Strategic

Icon Written by Alora on August 15, 2009 – 6:13 pm

Definition of “Strategic” from StrengthsFinder2.0: Chances are good that you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring an added dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You are likely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the […]

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StrengthsFinder2.0 – Activator

Icon Written by Alora on August 5, 2009 – 5:59 pm

Definition of “Activator” from StrengthsFinder2.0: Driven by your talents, you trust your expertise and knowledge of special topics to guide your decision-making. You act quickly when your choices directly relate to your areas of mastery and past success. By nature, you regularly set up rivalries between yourself and others. Your take-charge style ordinarily allows you […]

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StrengthsFinder 2.0 – The Assessment

Icon Written by Alora on July 28, 2009 – 5:49 pm

I admit it: I’m an assessment junkie. I enjoy taking different assessments to see what they say, where I think they are accurate and where I think they are full of it. Invariably, I will usually find something insightful in most of them that helps change the way I think or communicate with others. As […]

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