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Simon Wakeman

Pastiche in business

I had an initial conversation with a founder recently that stuck with me. The founder told me in detail about the company they were creating. They reeled off several different initiatives and features they'd implemented, proudly highlighting the provenance of these achievements. Old favourites like dedicated time for...

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...

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...

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