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Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises
Derek Lidow


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Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
ISBN: 9781118697054
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: March 3, 2014

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Anyone can start a business. But only leaders can succeed.

Most entrepreneurs know the long odds: only a fraction of them will lead their enterprises through the rocky stages of growth to launch self-sustaining companies. Very few know how to outflank the failures that await them at every turn, including the most painful—being abandoned by key members of their team or getting pushed out by their board just as their business starts to generate real value.

Derek Lidow is on a mission to improve these odds and change these outcomes. Throughout his long career—as CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur—he has tested virtually every aspect of launching a business. Lidow now argues that success is far less dependent upon a firm’s idea or any grand strategy than it is upon something more personal: leadership. Emerging companies have specific leadership requirements, stage by fast-moving stage. Few founders have been able to leverage the tremendous power of this underrecognized reality—until now.

Startup Leadership demonstrates how founders can adopt the skills that are required at each stage of their journey. Whether you are at the idea stage or managing a more mature enterprise, you can start to recognize the fundamental conflict: how to balance your selfish drives with the more selfless leadership required by the organization at any given time. The book shows you how to achieve this balance by:
  • Assessing your unique motivations, traits, and skills
  • Creating a personal leadership strategy that leverages your strengths and mitigates your weaknesses
  • Mastering how to lead teams, including boards
  • Understanding the five prerequisites for driving change
  • Taking control of your inevitable crises, thereby strengthening your team and your leadership
With Lidow’s help, you will learn how to become the startup leader your business needs, and you’ll move forward with your plans with greater confidence and success.



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“Derek Lidow is right—entrepreneurs, not mere ideas, lead companies to their full potential. Lidow puts this powerful idea to work, alongside the full breadth and depth of his own experiences running growth companies, in Startup Leadership. I recommend this book for every founder—regardless of your stage—because Lidow's invaluable insights, personal leadership strategies, and framework will help you improve the trajectory of your success.”
—Rich Karlgaard, publisher, Forbes magazine; board director; investor; entrepreneur; and author, The Soft Edge


“Trust me because I’ve seen and done virtually everything that’s possible in business today. Whether you’re an investor, board member, CEO, accelerator, small business owner, or aspiring entrepreneur, Startup Leadership is mandatory reading. Thanks to the smart and detailed advice of serial success story Derek Lidow, the book will help de-risk virtually any enterprise. It will also expand your levels of innovation level, profits, culture and success. I recommend you get a copy—and give a copy to someone who needs it.”
—Bruce Hack, advisor, angel investor, board director, and former CEO, Vivendi Games


“The entrepreneur's journey is often misunderstood as an idea coming to life. In fact, it is entrepreneurs themselves who must learn to create and lead an organization. Startup Leadership provides aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs powerful tools to grow as leaders.”
—Brian O’Kelley, founder and CEO, AppNexus


“This is not another book on how to build a successful startup. Lidow demystifies relationship building, negotiation, and vision creation with clarity and balance. He shows what it takes to become a more confident leader who builds startups with less risk and better outcomes. Your transformation into a better-equipped entrepreneurial leader begins now.”
—Natasha Gajewski, founder and CEO, Simple Health Inc.


“If any book contains the secrets of entrepreneurial success, this is it! I recommend Startup leadership to both budding and proven entrepreneurs.”
—Greg Olsen, founder, Epitaxx and Sensors Unlimited


“Startup Leadership is the handbook for leadership all entrepreneurs should read while scaling their business.”
—Chris Kuenne, founder-entrepreneur, Rosetta


“A must-read for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs!”
—Jeremey Donovan, author, How to Deliver a TED Talk


“This book fills an important gap among books about entrepreneurship, and Derek Lidow shows what it really takes to make a successful startup. Startup Leadership focuses on the essential, yet elusive, leadership elements required to navigate a venture from idea to self-sustainability. Future entrepreneurs will be thankful to have this companion along for the entire journey.”
—John Danner, professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


 
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About the Author

Derek Lidow is a longtime global CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur. Among other accomplishments, Lidow is widely known as one of the world’s top experts on the electronics industry; his contributions range from patents to value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs, and IBM.

Today, Lidow teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creativity, Innovation, and Design at Princeton University. He keynotes on the subject of startup leadership and is a media commentator; Lidow’s coverage to date includes the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Bloomberg, the Economist, Nikkei, Reuters, and Taipei Times, as well as many top bloggers. Prior to joining Princeton’s faculty, Lidow was founder and CEO of iSuppli, which he sold to IHS in 2010 for over $100 million. Lidow’s degrees are from Princeton and Stanford, where he earned a PhD in applied physics as a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is based in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey.



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Table of Contents

 
Preface
 
1Success Requires More Than Entrepreneurship1
 
PART ONE PREREQUISITES: MASTERING THE SKILLS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP
2Are You Selfish Enough to Be Selfless?
3Enterprises Are Needy
4Building Relationships
5Motivating Others
6Leading Change
7Creating a Personal Leadership Strategy
 
PART TWO APPLICATION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS
8Strategizing Fragile Growth
9Organizing to Succeed
10Hiring and Firing
11Leading Teams
12Leading Through Crises
13The Selfish Rewards of Selfless Entrepreneurial Acts
 
Appendix A Motivations, Traits, and Skills
Appendix B The Five Essential Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills
Appendix C Characteristics of Projects, Processes, and Culture
Appendix D Characteristics of Enterprises and Their Leaders in Stages One Through Four
Appendix E Relationship Building and the Benefits and Costs of Cooperation, Competition, and Retreat
Appendix F The Five Prerequisites of Change (The Five Ducks)
Appendix G Ten Basic Strategic Questions
Appendix H Five Phases of Crisis Resolution
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index



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