Reboot Podcast Episode Wisdom for Work #9 – Navigating Power Differences To Build Better Relationships – with Andy Crissinger & Dan Putt

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Andy Crissinger

Andy Crissinger

Director of Coaching

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Dan Putt

Dan Putt

Director of Engagement

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Episode Description

In our coaching practice, one of the most common questions we receive from investors is, “How do I build more trusting and impactful relationships with leaders in my portfolio?” As coaches, we believe the core challenge that limits the ability for founders and investors to connect in a more collaborative way is rooted in the dynamics of power. 

In this short clip, Dan Putt, Reboot Co-founder and Director of Client Engagement, and Reboot’s Director of Coaching, Andy Crissinger define the three dimensions of power and share their advice for navigating power differences to build better founder-investor relationships.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“One of the core challenges that we see present in limiting the ability for founders and investors to really connect in a more collaborative way is actually rooted in the dynamics of power.” – Dan Putt

“How do you help someone who’s giving away their personal power?” – Dan Putt

“Power actually can affect the brain, and one of the ways it can actually affect the brain is it limits our ability to take in peripheral information.” – Dan Putt

“Effective help occurs when both the giver and the receiver are ready.” – Andy Crissinger

“There’s more responsibility on the part of the person with more power (particularly in this case more status or role power to ensure that the relationship is equitable) that the terms are safe, as we would often say, so that the container is safe.” – Andy Crissinger

“Often those who are in up-power positions in terms of status have a desire to be liked, respected, and validated by those in down-power status. It can be a little bit intoxicating to be in that space where this person that we’re helping wants us, needs us, and needs our insight.” – Andy Crissinger

“In telling someone how to fix something, if they don’t have that sense of agency, they’re probably not going to be able to resolve it themselves. And they’ll also continually come back, looking for help as opposed to being able to fix it for themselves going forward.” – Dan Putt