Stop trying so hard to play startup. Build a business. Get funding or bootstrap. But the real goal is to solve a problem people value enough to pay for. Creating a company should come after the product or service; not before. Stop trying so hard to play agency. Build a team of people that drive […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about the fences we put up in our minds. What would we love to do, but think impossible? What are we saying “no” to before others–people or markets–even have a chance to? I recently found a card given to me when I was young. It had a quote from Shakespeare […]
I’ve been re-reading some books that are considered classics. One I’ve been slowly working my way through again is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. My dad gave me a copy when I was 14 years old and I’ve read a few times since then. Even if you haven’t read it, you’ll recognize a lot […]
Execution doesn’t always equal alignment. It’s coordination across units. Execution doesn’t mean stick to the plan. It’s continuous, disciplined reallocation. Communication doesn’t equal understanding. Simple, consistent communication does. Performance culture doesn’t drive execution. It’s the right behaviors that fuel execution. Execution isn’t driven from the top. It happens in the trenches.
The seeds of growth are found in discontent. However, if we’re too focused on dissatisfaction we can easily get frustrated with where we’re at and could find ourselves unhappy. Or even get fed up and quit. So, how do you become dissatisfied enough to grow and do it patiently? Here’s one thing that works for […]
We like to think we’re open-minded and that we can take feedback. In reality, it’s difficult and we’re not good at it. We get defensive. If it’s a strongly held belief (or even loosely held in some cases), we immediately look for and identify reasons it’s not true. It can’t be true. Sometimes it’s not […]