Before the release of StartUp Podcast’s second session of Founders on the Couch, Max Gibson asked Jerry to share his advice for tackling the emotional aspects of being an entrepreneur.
MG: What’s the piece of advice you find yourself giving the most?
JC: Slow down. When you speed up, you lose your center. The best thing to do when you’re worried is to stand still. Usually that means: Go sit and meditate.
MG: Many entrepreneurs seem to struggle with balancing work and family life. How do you coach people through that?
JC: The key is to get people to be open with their family members, their significant others, their colleagues about the things they struggle with. …
“We need to basically reset everything so that winning is actually leading with your whole self. We need a whole, complete re-imagining of user experience, winning, and culture that’s human-centric. Instead of just numbers.”
– Nancy Lublin
My partner Dan wrote a post for Medium a few years ago called Wholeness, Not Happiness. In it, he notes how pushing and optimizing for happiness at work is to ignore all the other parts of being human, therefore feels fake and insincere. …
By Jerry Colonna, Reboot.io
This piece was written in 2004, and originally published on Inc.com.
“I thought you were avoiding Manhattan this week. You know, the Convention and all.” I’m sitting next to Sam, my 14-year-old, driving him home from the Clearview Cinemas’ Soundview Theater. He’s just seen “Hero” and we’re talking about our plans for the next day.
“I have to go to fire someone; someone who works at one of the non-profits I work with. Believe me, if I wouldn’t go if I didn’t have to.”
“What’s it like to fire someone?”
It’s really tough; maybe the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do as a manager. Some firings are clear cut. The first person I ever fired violated a cardinal rule of our business. A reporter at the magazine I managed in the 1980s, he’d punched a fellow worker. That, as I said, was clear cut; punching fellow staff people is a violation of company policy — -even if the policy is unstated. …