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Simon Wakeman

Congruence is underrated

Many founders see themselves as visionaries. They hold their ambition for the future they will create and are strongly driven to bring it into reality. They see their energy and drive as core to the creation of a new business. But I'm wondering if self-awareness and competence do more to...

Simon Wakeman

There's no such thing as a growth hack

Recently a client told me I have a "no such thing as a growth hack" speech. She explained that on several occasions, I've pushed back when she's suggested a course of action that doesn't really reflect the reality in her fast growth start-up. Thinking about this, I realised I do...

Simon Wakeman

The real role of leaders

Over the past five months I've interviewed more than 50 founders in scaling businesses for a project I'm working on. As I review the interview transcripts, I notice an interesting divide emerging in how founders see leadership. Leadership as direction The majority see the primary task of leadership as one...

Simon Wakeman

Holding to account

I've been working with a product scale-up business to create the conditions for a culture of greater accountability in their business. In one conversation we talked about what it really means to hold people to account. It struck me that this is something that is much discussed in leadership. But...

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