Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Jonathon Perrelli LifeFuels Life Fool

What do you do if you're Jonathon Perrelli, the LifeFuels Life Fool, and Mr. Cranky won't stop pointing out how much of your investor's money you wasted promoting your product and yourself. How do you counter my frequent mocking because you've focused so little time creating a product? How do you counter Mr Cranky making fun of all the money and time wasted on meaningless pay-to-play awards like a CES innovation award (see post)? A competent rational person would stop focusing on self-promotion and start focusing on building real value. An intelligent strategic person would stop producing so much mock-worthy material....

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Startup Community Leaders or Leavers?

I've always been suspect of startup community leaders. In fact, when Tien Wong accused me of being a startup community leader the other day, I was so offended I almost asked him to turn in his can of WhoopAss. Let's look at a history of startup community leaders in DC and keep score: Startup Community Leaders Who Are Leavers: Mario Morino - DCs first startup community leader at the end of the 90s and beginning of the aughts. He left town for his hometown of Cleveland over 15 years ago. LaunchBox Digital - How could these guys fail with such a...

The Power of Culture

Strong Culture Rarely Exists In The Wild [caption id="attachment_78719" align="alignright" width="189"] Ghost Orchid[/caption] The ghost orchid is one of the worlds rarest flowers. Since its first sighting in 1954, it has been found in the wild less than two dozen times. Yet it can be cultivated and grown in greenhouses in large quantities. Like the ghost orchid, a powerful culture of high-performance is rarely found organically grown in the wild. The best leaders build a powerful culture by bringing together the proper conditions for their teams to thrive. Potential leaders who randomly gather groups of individuals in the hope that someday, like a...

Facebook Hoaxes

It would not be out of character to find Mr. Cranky ranting about the inability for supposedly intelligent people to think critically.  Mostly I apply this criticism to false startup prophets and bullshitocrat (Like for instance the 23-year-old kids who have never run a company, creating an investment fund in a scammy still unproven volatile market like cryptocurrency...

The Importance of Intentional Leadership

Great leaders are empathetic. They intuitively model the behaviors of leadership that attract and retain loyal, highly-motivated followers. When it comes to leadership, few of us naturally have it, most of us must be more disciplined in our approach. Sure we can read leadership books. We can bury ourselves under piles of books by Tom Peters, Sheryl Sandberg, Ken Blanchard, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Simon Sinek, Doctor Suess (Really! Oh the Places You'll Go) and many more (just please don't read any Tony Robbins). All these books speak to our human minds. They are replete with logical frameworks, high falutin language, and abstracts...

The Real Facebook Crime Scene

"The news media and government are all focused on the Facebook crime of invasion of privacy. That's BS! Users agreed to give their private data away and shame on them for being surprised that they are product.. not the customer (see post). The media like to focus on the sexy stuff about the fake stories on Facebook. Hey, the idiots who believe that Hilary keeps sex slave children in the basement of a Pizza Parlor that has no basement. That's not a Facebook crime...

Mr Cranky’s Got Photoshop Skills Not!

I don't know if you noticed but Mr. Cranky has mad photoshop skills! Which would be true if by mad you mean someone whose mind has ceased to function coherently. Okay, I'm too cheap to pay for photoshop and too lazy to learn how to use the tool anyway. I'm going to give you the trade secret behind my top top-notch production team.. me. The process goes like this. Find a picture. Put it in powerpoint. Use the remove background tool in powerpoint. Do photo and text mashups in powerpoint. Then cut the layered production and paste it into Windows Paint. Save and voila...

Bio Glen Hellman – Coaching Through Chaos

Gordon Bernhardt is a local Wealth Manager and a genuinely good human being. I first met him about a decade ago when we were both members of the same Vistage Group. Last month I sat down with Gordon for an Interview to create a Glen Hellman bio for Gordon's Profiles in Courage Series of Articles. There are many clues to who is Glen Hellman all over this web, you can check out a brief Glen Hellman bio on the About Me Page Here. There's the Beth Berman interview about my Why. There's the Glen Hellman Predictive Index article. There are all...

Matthew Pugsley Scofflaw and Felon

Right now as I write this Matthew Pugsley is in court. Once again this crook is defending himself for non-payment. Just a quick check of the Fairfax County District Court for Pugsley the CEO of Chalant Health shows that Pugsley has been involved in 12 Court Actions involving 9 different cases since 2009. Count them 12. Four of those involve Matthew Pugsley being evicted (Unlawful Detainer). Case # Plaintiff Defendant Date Case Judgment Case Type GV17012863-00 CARLOCK, DOUG PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 07/21/17 Plaintiff Unlawful Detainer GV14018989-01 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 01/08/15 Closed Garnishment GV14018989-02 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 01/08/15 Closed Garnishment GV14018989-00 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 10/24/14 Plaintiff Unlawful Detainer GV13021708-00 KANG, DIANA S PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 11/01/13 Non-suit Warrant In Debt GV12014854-01 MILLER, MARGARET PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 09/18/12 Closed Interrogatory/Judge GV12014854-00 MILLER, MARGARET PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 07/20/12 Plaintiff Unlawful...