Paul Jones, co-chair of Venture Best, the venture capital practice group at Michael Best, has been selected as a regular contributor of OnRamp Labs, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog covering start-ups and other Wisconsin technology news. Paul’s most recently contributed piece, “Two Cheers for Cheerleading” can be found under their Business Tab in the Business Blog section: Click here to view his latest blog.
A short excerpt can be found below:
“Esprit de corps is a good thing. Building strong morale is an important part of building a winning team, on the battlefield, on the playing field and in business. And cheerleading can be a worthwhile part of plans for building esprit de corps.
Celebrating high performance is a good way to encourage high performance, and encouraging high performance is, finally, the ultimate objective of cheerleaders.
So far, so good. There is a problem, though, when the folks doing the cheerleading go overboard, in the sense that they confuse the role of cheerleading with the role of honest assessment and communication. It’s bad enough when people – including entrepreneurs – start believing their own press releases. It’s worse when they start listening to cheerleaders who confuse enthusiasm and energy with success.”