Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Great #DCTech News for Jonathon Perrelli LifeFuels

I have fabulous news for DCTech! Just fabulous and it involves our own Jonathon Perrelli! It is what everyone in DC has been waiting for. A Tech Region defining company! We are just moments away from Jonathon Perrelli creating the DC Tech equivalent to Elon Musk's sending a Tesla to Orbit around the Sun. After nearly 4 years...

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

According to Harvard Business Review, Emotional Intelligence or EQ is an essential ingredient for success as a leader. In a study of one company, leaders with high Emotional Intelligence outperformed the average manager by 20% while low EQ leaders performed nearly 20% lower than average. What are the elements of Emotional Intelligence? There are five major factors: Self-awareness - defined as an awareness of who you are and your effect on others. People who believe they have no room for improvement are not self-aware. People who recognize, admit and work to overcome their shortcomings make better leaders. Self-aware people are: Realistic about their self-assessment Display...

Open Letter to Jan Ridgely, United Charitable

This is an open letter to Jan Ridgely, United Charitable. Updated February 23, 2018: Below with a new message for Jan. Jan Ridgely, United Charitable 8201 Greensboro Dr #702, Tysons, VA 22102 February 22, 2018 Dear Ms. Jan Ridgely, United Charitable, I understand that you are interested in a conversation with me regarding my blog posts about Matthew Pugsley and Chalant Health (See these posts: Chalant Health To Invest Or To Investigate, Chalant Health Leadership Turnover, Do You Know These Chalant Health People). I assume that these blog posts documenting your relationship with a fraudulent company, Chalant Health add to your mounting displeasure (see these posts: Jan Ridgely – Defender Of Matthew Pugsley...

Business Focus – The Video

Business Focus A couple of weeks ago, I sat down over a beer and over an internet connection and about 800 miles of distance with Max Traylor of Beers with Max. We talked about lessons of a Turn-Around executive and why companies fail. Here's an excerpt from the interview on Business Focus. If you're getting this via RSS-Feed or Email, link here for the video. Max:  What would you say was the was the biggest challenge if you did notice any trends in these failing startup companies? What would you say is the biggest challenge and don't let the audience being sales and marketing professionals taint your...

Paul Reed Smith Interview

This Paul Reed Smith Interview Post is Part II of a series of posts regarding Paul Reed Smith, Founder, and CEO of PRS Guitars. If you don't know anything about Paul Reed Smith, you might want to read Part I here. After discovering PRS Guitars, going on the factory tour, and purchasing two PRS Guitars, I had to meet the man behind this gem of a company on the Chesapeake. PRS is one of the DMV Region's magical success stories. They design near-perfect instruments. Works of Art...