Blog: Forward Thinking

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Development, Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.

When I Say Hero You Say…

When I say hero you say, Superman. When I say hero, you say George Washington or Lincoln or Lindberg.. or I can go on forever to name white heroes we worship. When I say hero, you say...

Matthew Pugsley is a conman and he Strikes Again

Matthew Pugsley is a conman. Not everyone knows this about him as evidenced by a phone call I just had with a friend. This buddy, who shall remain nameless, was recently at a cocktail party where he met a guy who had no idea Matthew Pugsley is a conman. Over drinks and small talk their conversation went something like this: Sucker: "So what do you do?" Friend: "I'm a Venture Capitlist." Sucker: "Really? I just made my first venture investment." Friend: "In what company?" Sucker: "A little company called Chalant Health. I don't know much about it or how they're doing but my boss invested six figures." <Awkward Silence...

Leadership Versus Management

I had the good fortune to sit down with Jonathon Abermen, Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures, to discuss leadership versus management. Below is the audio of the interview which was broadcast April 27, 2018, on WFED, Fed Radio 1500. Press the little play button to hear the interview: [sc_embed_player fileurl="https://drivenforward.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WFED_Leadership_versus_management.mp3"] Transcript of Leadership Versus Management Interview ABERMAN: Glen, thanks for joining us. HELLMAN: Thank you for having me. ABERMAN: Leadership. I think a lot of people think they know what it is, but what is leadership? HELLMAN: So, probably the best way to sum it up is the difference between leadership and management. Management is how you...

Crowd Sourcing The Trustify Staffing Puzzle

Looks like Q1 was a disaster financially for DC Dumpster Fire Trustify. They started throwing people off the boat. There are only 3 kinds of employees at Trustify: Those That Left Because They Couldn't Handle The Taint Those That Got Fired Those That Will Soon Be Fired Anyone able to fill me in on who is in and who is out?  Also if you are currently being sued by or you are suing Danny Boice or Jennifer Mellon, I recommend you subpoena these people. Name Start Date Stop Date Matthew Hoffman Nov 2017 Apr 2018 Thomas Spino Aug 2017 Apr 2018 Martin Garcia Oct 2015 Mar 2018 Jennifer Gorfine Mar 2017 Feb 2018 Lindsay Geber Aug 2016 Feb 2018 Airton...

Foundational Strengths Creating Happy Employees

Foundational Strengths That Create a Consistent and Happy Employees By Michael Matalone The 3 Foundational Strengths Knowledge: Specific to the jobs requirements Skills: Application of the above specific knowledge that creates consistent results Traits: An alignment of the individual’s hardwired personality traits and the required behaviors of the role Knowledge: While these three strengths may appear to be simplistic, many people misunderstand them when hiring and/or making promotions. For example, with regards to the first strength Knowledge. Many people assume that if a person has a college degree or especially an advanced degree, this sets them apart from those that do not and therefore they have a greater ability to...

Angel Investing Is Broken Part 1

Angel Investing is Broken and there are multiple factors that cooked the Goose that was never really golden. To evaluate the change, let's look back in history. In the 1990s there was a much higher bar to start a company. Every bozo with an idea did not get to call themselves a founder. To start a company, real capital was required. There was no cloud, so software founders were forced to use real cash, $100's of thousands of dollars on expensive computer equipment. There was no open source so software had to be developed from scratch costing more time, man-hours and mullah. The...

Leaf Branch Root Coaching

Leaf Branch Root, it's a method to coach, empower, and learn to trust your team. Lately, in my coaching, I encounter the micromanager who say they don't want to micromanage and inevitably this is a trust issue. It's part hero issue, I must save the day...