Number seven is "Ask, don't tell."
I once heard that the main thing causing disagreement in heterosexual couples is that men want to solve problems and women just want to be listened to.* That reminds me of some founder-VC relationships I've witnessed.
Most venture investors I've worked with move way too quickly towards "solve" mode - essentially consulting or mentoring or (even) directing. When what's usually required is a coaching mindset: clarify, re-frame to overcome the block, forward the action.
The easiest way to do this is by asking open-ended, empowering questions in a spirit of humble curiosity:
I'd love to make this a more interactive blog. What are your experiences with asking questions versus telling? Comments are open below.
Founders first. Always.
#1 No fear, no greed
#2 We're the coach, not the athlete
#3 It is only with the heart that one can see rightly
#4 Energy attracts like energy
#5 “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
#6 "Love people, not things. Use things, not people.”