Les McKeown, Predictable Success

Les McKeown, author of Predictable SuccessLes McKeown, author of Predictable Success, is interviewed about his book and the knowledge he gained in starting over 42 companies during his career. Les tells us why startups of 3-4 people are most likely to succeed, the potential pitfalls to “following your passion” and why you should triple the initial expectations of your new business.

  • Clayton Simmons

    Thanks for doing this interview, Sean. I especially liked the part about the symbiotic role and attraction of the visionary and implementor (and repulsion of two visionaries), the rule of 2 – 4, and the idea that there are some”artisans” who may not want to scale. Being in the “early struggle” stage myself with a recent startup, I am trying to navigate my way through balance sheets, P&L and cash flow statements for the first time in my life, worrying that I might loose the vision of what I am trying to do in the implementation (. . . maybe I need more of an implementor). At the same time, this interview caused me to reflect on how much my vision, passion, and hope might be blinding me to reality. This is the second or third time in a short period that I have heard about the Johari window — definitely a model I need to study more. Best of luck in your continued pursuits. -Clay

    • http://predictablesuccess.com/blog Les McKeown

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Clayton. Keep going with the start-up – it sounds to me that you have what it takes above all to make it work – self-awareness and persistence. 

      - Les

  • Anonymous

     Great  interview!

  • http://www.facebook.com/menopausedoctor Shira Miller, M.D.

    Sean and Les, Thank you so much for this interview.  It was both insightful and reassuring!

  • Rohit Gupta

    Great Interview! Thank you! What do you think of Apple’s and Google’s future?

  • Lilith Kenis

    The first thing you should do is stop calling yourself a dumb Irishman. (Low self-esteem is no basis to start from)