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Managing People Who Are Older Than You? 3 Tips To Solidfy Your Leadership

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / November 11, 2013

When you’re running a business in your 20’s, you’re often managing employees who are years older than you and, in some situations, colleagues with decades more experience. When I started building The Global Good Fund, people had difficulty seeing me as the decision maker of the company because my co-founder is four decades my senior, not to mention extremely accomplished. During meetings, questions and commentary were often directed…

Age Is Nothing But a Number

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 5, 2013

One of the hardest parts about being a young entrepreneur is actually just being young. An enormous challenge I’ve had to tackle over and over since I started my first serious business during college is getting people older than me to believe in my vision, my capability, and the value I claim to deliver – collectively known as one’s credibility. This challenge is compounded by the fact that…

Disadvantages of Hiring Younger Employees

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 19, 2013

Many people mistakenly believe that it is preferable to hire younger workers over their more seasoned colleagues. They believe younger workers are more energetic and are more likely to bring fresh ideas to the table. I am a 20-something-year-old entrepreneur and have found that many people think very highly of younger professionals; however, I think they give us too much credit. While younger workers bring a number of…

Downplaying Age – Tips for Under 30 CEOs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 16, 2013

Being a CEO in and of itself is a really hard task.  Often times this title is misconstrued as being one that is particularly glamorous and esteem.  However, especially in a startup, the CEO serves as a decision maker forging together the strategy of the company with inputs from other founders, team members, and advisors while simultaneously trying to ensure that they are not persuaded by bad or…

7 Ways to Overcome Age and Be Respected as a Young Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / January 24, 2012

Many years ago the barrier to entry into business was high. Starting a new business was extremely difficult for a young twenty something year old not to talk of a young person below the age of 20. While this has certainly changed in the 21st century there are still challenges of credibility, access to funding and so on facing a young startup entrepreneur. In some climates like Africa,…

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