Money makes the world go round, so why do so many people know so little? Basic finance is essential for our personal lives but also for any kind of business endeavour; it’s hard to be a successful business if you keep losing money*. This article isn’t designed for those who know zero about finance, but rather those who are interested in learning how to approach problems related to money. You’ll get the most out it if you know the basics of finance.

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that…

Growing your business is a puzzle and many of the pieces are people outside of your team.

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that emerged the TU20 leadership series, a 12 week set of readings and exercises that helped to prepare the next group of TU20 leaders. This is chapter 8, originally written in March of 2019.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

— African Proverb

To grow an organization, you need to have sources of revenue and be a valuable member of an ecosystem that benefits your customers and users. Without the funding, you can’t pay your employees. Without a strong ecosystem, you are fighting against the tide, rather than going…

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that emerged the TU20 leadership series, a 12 week set of readings and exercises that helped to prepare the next group of TU20 leaders. This is chapter 7, originally written in Feb of 2019.

Leadership Principles from Amazon’s Website

Customer Obsession

Leaders start with the customer and work backwards. They work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust. Although leaders pay attention to competitors, they obsess over customers.

The Customer is always right … kind of

We’ve heard the saying that the customer is always right, and many companies have take on some variation of this mantra.

Cartoon Mulan drawing climbing to fetch the arrow
Cartoon Mulan drawing climbing to fetch the arrow
The iconic scene out of Disney’s Mulan — Drawn by Alice XZ — https://www.deviantart.com/alicexz

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that emerged the TU20 leadership series, a 12 week set of readings and exercises that helped to prepare the next group of TU20 leaders. This is chapter 6, originally written in Feb of 2019.

Results matter

In past editions of the TU20 Leadership series, we talked about many things that might seem fluffy — teamwork, ethics, trust, having a sense of ownership. At the end of the day in any job, you’ll be judged by your results or your team’s results. …

The Charging Bull & Fearless Girl — Courtesy of Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that emerged the TU20 leadership series, a 12 week set of readings and exercises that helped to prepare the next group of TU20 leaders. This is chapter 5, originally written in Feb of 2019.

What is Trust?

Trust is something hard to define and it changes for every person. Let’s start with a scenario.

You spill coffee on your parent’s second favourite carpet and hide it. Your sibling tells your parents, did your sibling break your trust?

You ask a friend to refer you to a…

New Yet Simple

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. From that emerge the TU20 leadership series, a 12 week set of readings and exercises that helped to prepare the next group of TU20 leaders. This is chapter 4, originally written in Feb of 2019.

What is invention?

When we flip through history books, we usually see two job titles that don’t exist anymore; explorer and inventor. For some reason these job titles have fallen out of style, now replaced by Influencer or Futurist. So why is that the case? It might be cause it’s harder to…

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that we needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. This is chapter 3, originally written in Jan of 2019.

How we teach ethics isn’t very useful

95% of us know what’s an ethical decision when sitting down in a classroom under social pressure. We know what to say because we bend ourselves to a test. We see these classes as easy and topics as not interesting. For example, take a look at this New Zealand immigration professional ethics list.

  • honesty
  • trustworthiness
  • loyalty
  • respect for others
  • adherence to the law
  • doing good and avoiding harm to others
  • accountability.

Would you disagree…

The things I learned from leading TU20

In Dec 2018 I realized that I needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. This is chapter 2, originally written in Jan of 2019.

What does it mean to Think Big?

Sometimes company talk about abstract concepts of vision/mission statements and they don’t really a lot of sense. But for all of your ideas you should be able to see a world in 1, 3, 5, 10 years down the line on whatever you are working on. They can be optimistic, they can be pessimistic, but you should be able to see what’s happening.

Example TU20–1 year

In 1 year I can picture things running…

Senior Exec Training — Ownership and Bias for action

Welcome to Day 1 ( This is a reference you’ll get soon). You’ve been selected to be part of the Senior Exec training program due to your contribution to TU20, abilities and potential. The goal is to accelerate your leadership development, community involvement and be ready to lead TU20 next year.

In Dec 2018 I realized that I needed to have a stronger succession plan for TU20. Since the beginning of the year, I had been slowly phasing myself out of day to day work and focusing on building a strong team. But, what would happen when I became hands…

Choosing a University program is often very stressful for students. Many receive seemingly contradictory advise.

“Follow your passion” vs “Study something employable”

Instead of these two lines of thought, I’d like to offer a four part approach to picking a program and choosing what activities to focus on:

  1. Pick a problem you are interested in solving
  2. Brainstorm the skills and resources you’ll need to succeed
  3. Use University courses and supplementary projects to build skills
  4. Meet people in your field to work with and learn from

Let’s go through an example.

Say it really bugs you when you walk through a…

Denys Linkov

Software Engineer | Former TU20 Lead.

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