Inner Work with Steli Efti

The (strictly no-business) podcast that shall never become yet another to-do item in a busy CEOs life. A storytelling playground and save space for irresponsible experimentation. We willll talk martial arts, ponder the nature of ...more

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April 13, 2020 00:04:44
020: What questions should I ask myself in this crisis?

020: What questions should I ask myself in this crisis?

1432 days ago I started a little routine: I begin every day by asking myself five essential questions. Answering these five questions creates clarity and vision for my day, before I engage with the daily chaos of my work and life, before I step into action. I actually write down the answers to these five questions, but as I've now done this for almost four years in a row, there's one thing I discovered: It's not always the same questions that matter. The questions that are the most meaningful to me change over time. My life changed, I went through different phases in my life, and some of the questions that were really helpful for me at one point started to become useless. There was no point in asking me those same questions over and over again. And a few weeks ago I noticed that the questions that seemed really meaningful at the beginning of the year now seemed useless. They're no longer relevant to me. So I sat down and started brainstorming questions that would be more impactful to answer during the COVID-19 crisis. Here's what I came up with: What can I learn right now? How can I grow in this environment? How can I serve people and the world today? Where are hidden opportunities? What is the change that is about to happen? How can I adapt? What are the benefits of these tough times? What would I do if I had opposite beliefs? How can I decrease anxiety in the world? How can I help people cope better? What can I do to make one person's life better in the next hour? Now I haven't settled on the five questions I'll ask myself daily moving forward yet. But I'd love to hear your ...

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April 04, 2020 00:56:19
019: How to be a wartime CEO (and why everyone needs to

019: How to be a wartime CEO (and why everyone needs to

This episode is not just for CEOs—everyone should adapt a "wartime CEO" mindset these days, I believe. The COVID-19 crisis is leading us farther into the unknown with every passing week.  This is a different format than what I usually publish—an almost hour-long conversation where I explore the concept of peacetime vs wartime CEO, and how to make decisions in times of crisis. As always, I'd love to hear from you! Connect with me: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ ...

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March 29, 2020 00:08:09
018: Your feelings are FAKE NEWS

018: Your feelings are FAKE NEWS

I'd love to hear from you! Drop a comment at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-feelings-fake-news-steli-efti During the COVID-19 crisis, it's hard to figure out whom to trust. Governemnt agencies? Politicians? The media? International organizations? Medical experts? Whatever your take, the one source of information we all need to put under heavy scrutiny these days is our own feelings and emotional impulses. The more stressed and anxious we feel, the more we need to reality check ourselves. ...

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January 04, 2020 00:09:43
017: Why most startups don't invest enough in their best people and customers

017: Why most startups don't invest enough in their best people and customers

I call it the squeaky wheel fallacy: When you run a startup, there will always be vociferous customers and team members. They'll be very vocal about all the challenges, problems, and struggles they encounter with you. And because they ask for your attention, they get it. On the other hand, there are those that are just silently performing: Team members that deliver results without making big waves about it. Customers that keep paying you for years and years, without ever making much of a fuzz and requiring many support or Customer Success resources. And because they are not asking for your attention, in most typical startups, they don't get it. Even though they deserve it. In this episode, I share how to not become a victim of the squeaky wheel fallacy, and how to allocate your time, attention and resources in a smarter way. ...

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December 31, 2019 00:09:11
016: The Gratitude Tracker for Entpreneurs

016: The Gratitude Tracker for Entpreneurs

If you're the kind of ambitious person that's always looking ahead, there might be one thing you can do to grow even more: reflect on your successes and count your blessings.  In today's episode, I share how I train my brain to be grateful for the good in my life—both profesionally and personally.  I've never been good at celebrating my successes. Whenever I achieve a goal, I always move the goalpost further away. My inner voice always just tells me: “Okay, on to the next one.” When I was younger, I thought that's a good thing. But in recent years, I realized that I missed out on an important element of life. Which is why I started building a daily routine and practice around it, that's had a huge impact on my life, and the life of the people I share it with. In today's episode, I'm sharing it with you too. Put this into practice in 2020, and if it has even half the impact it has on you that it had on me, it'll make your life so much richer and more fulfilling. Give yourself a moment to be grateful for all the good that 2019 has offered you, and allow yourself to be excited for what's ahead in 2020 <3 Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ https://www.instagram.com/steliefti/ ...

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December 21, 2019 00:09:46
015: Want that startup job? Let your CV tell a story

015: Want that startup job? Let your CV tell a story

Thousands of people apply to join my our startup every month. Lots of “why you should hire me”-style pitches coming my way. Once you’re on the receiving end of screening job applications, you realize: CVs suck. Almost nobody is good at writing CVs—even badass marketers and great sales people are surprisingly bad at it.   I’m pretty sure I missed out on hiring some amazing talent, just because the CVs they sent me unsold me on learning more about them: A list of places they studied and worked at, that doesn’t tell a story, doesn’t convey a compelling message, doesn’t give me any sense for why this person is the right fit for the role. So yes, thank you, but no.   In this episode of the podcast, I share why you need to make your CV tell a story, and how to do it well.   Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/ https://www.instagram.com/steliefti/ ...

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