THE EO BLOG
Standing atop the 14,200 “milk bottle” summit of Starlight Peak, we watched the sun continue the last hour of its descent over the mountains to the west. We knew we had at least eight hours of descent to base camp – most of which would now be done with headlamps in the black of a moonless night.
Although we summited via a different route than we were to descend, I had gone this route a few years before. But now a night descent would be a test of my memory.
By David Rich, an EO Spain – Barcelona member and managing partner of Twig Lane Group, LLC.
The best thing I ever did for my business was leave. I don’t mean sell the company … I mean go far, far away for an extended period of time.
In 2012, I decided to do what entrepreneurs do best— I took a leap of faith and moved. My good friend and mentor, Verne Harnish, was living in Barcelona, Spain, at the time, and he raved about its budding entrepreneurial community, perfectly situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean. It sounded tempting, but I was nervous: Would my clients and employees think I was checking out? Could my business survive if I were thousands of miles away? Would my children’s education be on par with their current schooling? There was a lot to be worried about, but I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t make the move.
By David Niu, an EO Seattle member and the founder of TINYpulse.com
They say entrepreneurship is all about taking risk. In February, I took a big one: I sold everything, stuffed the rest into storage and bought one-way tickets to New Zealand for my wife, my then 10-month-old daughter and myself. After starting and managing two companies in the past 13 years, I decided to take a much-needed “career-cation” and travel around the world for six months. My goal: To create lifelong experiences with my family, while soul searching about the next chapter of my life and entrepreneurial journey.
By Dave Ansett, an EO Melbourne member
As client budgets shrink, staff redundancies take hold and the daily perks of working for a dynamic business evaporate, entrepreneurs face the challenge of keeping their staff motivated, positive and bursting with enthusiasm. While there’s no single, simple answer to the challenge, one of the most successful drivers of our company’s positive work culture is our staff incentive program.