Dave Lukas Chats with Alisa Cohn
296: From Startup to Grownup with The Top World’s Top Rated Startup Coach, Alisa Cohn
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Alisa Cohn. Where to start with Alisa. She has been named the top startup coach in the world and has been coaching startup founders to help them grow into world class CEOs for almost 20 years. She is also an angel investor and advisor and has worked to help everyone from Venmo to Etsy to Draftkings in their sucess. She has coached CEOs and C-Suite Executives at many of the largest Fortune 500s such as IBM, Google, and Microsoft.
And if that is not enough, she is a top leadership speaker and guest lecturer at Harvard, Cornell, and even the Naval War College. Alisa is the author of the best-seller, From Start Up to Grown Up and I’ve asked her to come on the show to talk everything startup and leadership.
Alisa was in the non-profit world and had a moment of truth when she was working at a university. A provost told her that “you could not manage faculty because the have tenure.” She thought that it could not be. She went to business school at Cornell and ended up focusing on finance and accounting. She ended up working at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She was fast-tracked. After working for some time, she knew it was not what she wanted to do. One Sunday she woke and thought to herself that she hoped to get the flu, so she didn’t have to go to work the next day. 18 hours later, she was rushed to the emergency room with the flu!
She was out for 2 weeks and during that time really thought about what she wanted. She went to a conference and there was speaker and coach. They were amazing. The next day, she followed the coach and watched her speak – she loved it and decided that she wanted to go that route. She took jobs during the dotcom boom and went through coach training. When the dotcom bubble burst, she decided it was time to go on her own and she’s been doing it ever since.
Qualities of great leaders?
How do you teach people to gain better situational awareness?
Leaders have blind spots. What are the ones you see most prevalent in leaders?
Most important aspect for a startup leader to get right from the beginning? Most important aspect for a leader in a mature company?
Talk to us about dealing with the internal politics of business….
Power and Influence – what role do they play in the development of a leader and what should leaders understand about them?
How does a leader and organization developer their guidepost and values?
Key elements of a successful startup?
Personal mastery – how does someone learn to live and work at their peak?
What have you learned that is most important for success as an entrepreneur?
What is the most unexpected thing you found on your journey?
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Misfits, you’ve heard me talk about my trading and investing many times. I’ve been in the game for almost 20 years and have taught thousands of students all over the world my strategies. One thing I have always looked for are trends that are a good opportunity for investors.
Recently, I was introduced to an opportunity that may be positioned very well for the times we are in. In fact, after some research, I saw this company is not only debt-free with millions in the bank, but they are also the only gold company in the world that will commence production in the second half of 2022. On top of that, they are drilling and mining in some of the best new spots in the world and 90% of their property has never been mined and drilled and they just began their largest project in company history. The company is called Blue Lagoon Resources, ticker symbol BLAGF.
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Now, with gold approaching all-time highs, it is poised to reap the benefits.
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