one of the most essential aspects when starting a firm (or even while growing and evolving a firm) is to personally develop an ability to look in the mirror and be truly comfortable with how well you understand the person looking back. without some ability for self-introspection and the consequential self-development, you could (at best) run out like a bull in a china shop and take the world by storm- maybe the product's so good, there's no need to look back. if you're like the other 99% of us, what will most likely happen is, as the firm develops, your inherent weaknesses (and we've all got them) will start to show through ever more clearly. almost every leadership book rests on this principle: build on your strengths.(even if you're never interested in starting your own firm, this kind of introspection really will help lead you towards the best chances for success in another organization.)
so, the reading tonight is to read through one of the absolute landmark essentials on the subject - again, even if you don't take away much, i'm willing to bet your mba client's read this one at some point.
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