What Einstein knew: ‘No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.’ In other words, you can’t solve your problems using the same mixed-up logic that got you into this situation in the first place. If you’re spinning in circles thinking about the problem, not Continue reading “What Einstein Knew”
It’s tempting to focus on a single metric ($ revenue; # social media followers; words written per day) especially as we’re getting things up and running, striving for that initial growth. A single metric is easy and it feels good to see each little step of progression. But it’s only a single axis of Continue reading “More vs Better”
Employees resist tracking their time. What can be helpful in managing this is to understand your requirements for time tracking. Do you really need to know what each person was doing each hour of the day? In creative work like software development, product development, engineering, marketing, Continue reading “Time Tracking”
These do not often coexist. Taking the road less traveled is usually uncomfortable and scary – it’s not so romantic when you’re actually out there on the limb or in the arena getting beat up. Continue reading “Courage vs. Comfort”
Set new employees up for success. Take ten minutes to write down clear expectations and measureable goals. Ask yourself the question: if this new person completely knocks it out of the park in the next six months, what specific things will they have done in the first 30, 90 and 180 days? Write Continue reading “Set New Hires Up For Success”
When a carpenter wraps up the electrical power cords at the end of the day, a decision must be made which end to wrap from. The smart carpenter starts wrapping from the female end and finishes with the male end, because in the morning the male end will be unwrapped first. On the job site Continue reading “End With the Beginning in Mind”
We are – every person on the planet – more powerful than we think we are. Act accordingly.
I met another musician at a wedding several years ago who shared a perspective that has been formative for me not just as a musician but also as a leader, a father, and a friend.
He said once you’ve taken your place on stage with instrument or Continue reading “The Value of Constant Preparation”
Volunteering at one of the Lighten Up Boulder events. Standing on the corner of a busy intersection during rush hour. Giving away free bike and pedestrian lights to anyone passing by, no strings attached! Just free lights to promote safety.
30% of the people who stopped came right up and asked what was going on. Continue reading “Focus on the 90”
I will have a good time.
Attitude is EVERYTHING.
If it’s not what I want, don’t say it.
Simply telling people “We need a process to capture and track customer complaints” isn’t enough.
Holding a meeting to figure out which people should be involved in the process, isn’t enough.