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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Interview of Taffy Williams by Greg Viloria of the Nerd Stalker

Sometimes it is nice to stop, look, and listen; like to my recent interview!

Recently, Greg C Viloria (Twitter:  @SocialGreg ) with the Nerd Stalker interviewed Taffy Williams, the author and voice of the Startup Blog. The discussion centered around two of the recent articles found in Startup Blog and the Examiner: “5 Stages of mourning entrepreneurs may experience” and “5 Reasons real leaders must listen and understand.”   

The total interview is available at the following link:   Nerd Stalker interview.  I hope you will find it interesting and useful.

All of the articles in the Examiner and Startup Blog come from real-life experiences.  The articles discussed deal with issues like: 1) Founders of startups suddenly ousted by investors, 2) Listening and understanding, and 3) Trusting the people you hire.  Excerpts below are quotes from the interview.

In this interview, Taffy talks about how his experiences are reflected in his blog.  
 “.. If I Had Only Done This Differently...”

"...the communication between people is not always as crisp as you think they are"

"...you are hearing what you think you want to hear"

"poor communication creates a problem when you provide people with direction"

"Sometimes the (5) stages (of mourning) occur rapidly or may skip one but you may experience all of them" 

"this (stages of mourning) can happen if you lose your job, you've been replaced, or your company fails...loss of a love one" 

"Some people can't get out of the depression and anger phase and that can influence their ability to get a job"

“The five stages of mourning are Denial & Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Most people go through these stages when a traumatic event happens in their life. Losing a job is in the Top 10 stressful events as characterized by
Holmes and Rahe stress scale where death of a spouse the highest. Taffy explains that some of these stages can be paralyzing if one cannot emerge from each of these stages to finally reach acceptance. Taffy has gone through this personally over his years of experience and his advice to startup founders is "have an exit strategy" because something can happen at any time.”

I wish to thank every reader for the time you devoted to reading and promoting the articles. This is my 200th post on Startup Blog and the Examiner now has 102 posts.  Of the more than 300 articles, the number of reads is more than 250,000.  I am grateful to all the readers and hope the information is useful in your endeavors.   I welcome your comments and questions, as this is a way to extend the value of what you obtain from the provided information. 


Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861.  Email questions to twilli2861@aol.com. More is available via his company  website ,  photo  website, or “LIKE” ColonialTDC on Facebook.  You can also find him in the group Startup  Group on Linkedin. Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com.