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Steve Schlafman

An executive coach, facilitator and writer based in New York City.

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A Leader's Guide to Meditation

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” —Zen proverbOne steamy afternoon last summer while on a long bike ride, the temperature began to drop and the sky turned black. In the distance, I saw an

A Leader's Guide to Meditation
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I'm Not High Output: Why I’m Sunsetting My Brand & Betting On Myself

Earlier this week I was having dinner at my in-laws home. Towards the end of the meal, my father in-law asked me how business at High Output was going. “Super well. 2021 exceeded expectations and 2022 should be even better.” I said, but I managed to squeeze in a caveat

I'm Not High Output: Why I’m Sunsetting My Brand & Betting On Myself
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I Just Walked Away From My New Venture Fund. Here’s Why.

A week ago I sat down at my computer. Still staring at the blank screen, my heart rate began to spike. The butterflies in my stomach were going wild, and my inner voice started agitating: Are you really going to do this? Are you really going to walk away from

I Just Walked Away From My New Venture Fund. Here’s Why.
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Investing In Your Co-Founder Relationship To Weather The Storm

What if I told you that you could have a healthy and trusting co-founder relationship? What if I told you that you could meet any roadblock head on? What if I told you there were simple practices to create a stronger union with your co-founder? Here’s the good news:

Investing In Your Co-Founder Relationship To Weather The Storm
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Grapevine: Scaling Social Impact

2020 was a difficult year for so many. I spent countless hours reflecting on how I could have a bigger impact in the startup community and help underrepresented and overlooked populations. Despite this deep desire, I didn't know where to start, how navigate the nonprofit maze, or how to measure

Grapevine: Scaling Social Impact
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Introducing Tapestry: Weaving Together Stronger Co-Founder Relationships

This time last year, I was sitting in a conference room in Soho with two co-founders who were on the verge of closing a Series A—and they were at war. They asked if I could help them resolve their differences. They weren’t aligned on what they wanted. They

Introducing Tapestry: Weaving Together Stronger Co-Founder Relationships
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Aligning Your Calendar With What Matters Most

“If you take care of the minutes the years will take care of themselves.” -Tibetan sayingLet me fill you in on a secret: you have far more control over your calendar and time than you think you do. This is one of the secrets I’ve learned in my first

Aligning Your Calendar With What Matters Most
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The Ultimate Annual Review

2020 has stretched us unlike any year in history. All of our lives have been upended. We've had to cope with COVID-19, social distancing, work from home, the election, economic hardships, and much more. This year has been truly unprecedented. Thankfully, it's time to turn the page on 2020 and

The Ultimate Annual Review
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What I’ve Learned In My First Year as a Solopreneur

Exactly a year ago, I announced that I was leaving the world of institutional venture capital to pursue a career as a coach, advisor, and angel investor. I honestly had no clue what the path was going to look like or where it would lead me. This was one of

What I’ve Learned In My First Year as a Solopreneur
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The Most Important Question to Ask When Making a Big Career Decision

Last week, I Zoom'd with a friend / mentee who is on the verge of negotiating a new compensation package with his employer. Given the impending negotiation, he's starting to think about his possible futures - both within and outside the organization. He wasn't sure how to proceed. During our time

The Most Important Question to Ask When Making a Big Career Decision