4 Principles of Stress-Free Management

by Rene Siegel on March 6th, 2012

In December I wrote a column for Inc.com about how I got started as an entrepreneur.  The story bordered on TMI, but didn’t exactly cross the line … probably.

In New York. Pregnant. Powerless. In pain. And thoroughly pissed off.

In a nutshell, that’s how I became an entrepreneur.

We like to think entrepreneurs are driven by a need to change the world or fulfill some unmet passion. But at the exact moment I decided to start my company, I was a marketing communications manager at a large Silicon Valley company, very pregnant with my second child, and managing a huge product launch in New York. I had worked around the clock for weeks and managed to attract the interest of hundreds of members of the press, analysts and industry luminaries.

Then, two giant “partners” withdrew their public endorsements right before our launch event. With a swollen belly and ankles, no sleep and insufferable pantyhose, I watched the launch fizzle. I had done my job well and exceeded my goals, but in the end, the launch success was not within my control. Could starting my own company really be any worse? [more]

As you probably figured out, I decided that starting my own company was probably the best solution.  And it’s been that way ever since.

I’m still contributing to Inc and am eager to hear your ideas for columns.  Taxes?  Insurance?  Hiring?  Firing?  What’s your pain point?  Spill.

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