When strengths become weaknesses

04/14/2009 | Harvard Business Review online

Why do many entrepreneurs start out great, but then fail to achieve any scale for their business? Venture capitalist Anthony Tjan says it's because the very traits that make for great founders don't make for such great managers. Startups, for instance, require a "control freak" who juggles every task, but delegation is needed as a company grows. Likewise, the loyalty and camaraderie of a startup can be a liability later on, when tough personnel decisions are required.

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