I sat at the meeting table trying not to stare in panic at the five people who were looking everywhere but at me or each other. To say it felt awkward is a massive understatement. We were in deep trouble before we even started, and all of us looked like we would rather be having dental surgery than be there.
It has been a real culture shock to go from public sector bureaucrat to startup CEO in many ways. But there are many skills I have found to be transferable and even more valuable in this situation than in my previous one.
The following is a letter I recently wrote to a student who had experienced their first major failure in life and then almost let that failure snowball into a series of failures that would have concluded with their dropping out of college if they didn’t step up.
Every now and again I like to get away and escape the busy world of business I’m involved in. In 2011 I started my first business, a web development agency, with my old friend Andy. As a fast paced growing company, life was pretty stressful, working long hours and learning hard lessons.