We set up VC Talent Lab to put leadership development at the heart of the VC ecosystem and to support founders to:
Scale their leadership capabilities to match the demands of a rapidly growing business
Develop high-performing teams
Build thriving cultures and companies
Optimise their leadership performance
Support stressed and stretched
Founders tell us they often face significant challenges:
Managing personalities, performance and conflict
Shifting from Doer-in-Chief to Manager to Leader
Driving high-performance from their teams
Managing stress and burn-out
Dealing with disharmony among team members and/or investors
The damage these problems cause to founders, investors, teams and performance is obvious.
Yet these are problems which can, in many cases, be solved by expert, early-stage, intervention.
This is backed up by a recent post-mortem analysis of VC-backed failures which showed that five of the top 20 reasons for failure were solvable problems of human capital:
Loss of focus
Disharmony among team / investors
Lack of passion
How We Work
Effective founder and scale-up coaching requires a different set of skills and language than traditional executive coaching. Our team comprises practitioners who combine high levels of coaching expertise with lived experience in the start-up, scale-up and investment worlds. We understand how founders and their stakeholders think and we work with them in a way they understand and value.
Our approach is bespoke to the needs of each organisation and may include elements of our most popular programs:
"VCTL were recommended to us by Accel, and we brought in coaching to help us as we scaled the business after our series B. Rachel is a trusted sounding board for my team and me, someone we talk to about personal or business issues right through to the challenge of hyperscaling the business. The impact of our work with Rachel/VC Talent Lab has been huge."
— STEPHEN MURPHY, FOUNDER, GENESIS GLOBAL
"Kevin has been a cornerstone resource in helping me understand myself and develop my ‘way’. He has supported every key strategic partnership and hire point in the past several years."
— JAMES FORBES, FOUNDER, ASIL