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We’re entering into a great new season here in Colorado!  But distraction and overwhelm can take us away from solid, productive work.  So here’s my thought for the week:

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Decision cubeI’ve discovered that I make decisions while talking with other people.

It feels strange to me, because I’ve always thought of myself as an introvert.  But this requires actual human interaction, right?

I think it’s because I can go round and round in my head, it becomes an echo chamber of indecision.

Once I recognized this about myself, I realized that there’s some big traps I can fall into: Read the rest of this entry »

welcomeI was reading an excellent E-Myth article today on Hiring and Keeping Rockstar Employees.  I was fascinated by their fourth step where they recommend to Hold a Hiring Seminar.  It’s a fantastic idea, and a great way to help your prospective employees to self-select whether they will fit in to your job environment and requirements.

I’ve seen companies which have this kind of thing at a job fair or a massive “hiring day.”  Read the rest of this entry »

I ran across a really powerful article today by Runa Bouius entitled 9 Keys to Abundant Inspiration.  She’s very observant when she notes that the leadership journey begins within.  Everyone has the potential for becoming a powerful leader in some context, but it takes a lot of internal work to bring that out.

Leadership isn’t a set of skills that you learn.

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Part of my marketing is to reach out to business owners in the local area to see if they’re interested to find out more about business coaching.  Bizwest recently published their Mercury 100 list of the area’s fastest growing companies, and we’ve been connecting up with these folks.

A very high proportion of them have worked with a business coach in the past, or are currently.  It may be a group like Vistage or The Alternative Board, or someone like myself who provides one-to-one coaching or mentoring work.

These are the fastest growing and most successful companies.  Hmm…  Do you think that working with a coach might be one of the reasons they’re successful?

Just sayin’.

As the business owner, it can be difficult to find time for your own improvement. But at the same time, you’re the one who most impacts whether the company is working well or not.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there.

Typically, we think about professional development as “send someone to a class.” That’s fine for certain kinds of skills, but can fall behind in the application of skills to a worker’s situation. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re always looking to fix problems. Most of the time, problems are addressed by making our systems more complex.

We add new rules. We create new process steps. We insert new reviews and checkpoints.

This happens in government, of course, but also in each of our companies. It’s the way we think about addressing issues.

The net result is that overhead continues to increase, things slow down, and you lose innovation. Read the rest of this entry »

StarsLet’s take a moment to ponder today’s topic: Great people want to work with great people.

Do you think it’s true?

I believe this myself, because I see it happening all the time. Top performers aren’t intimidated by those with less talent and dedication, and in fact tend to worry more about being dragged down.

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You need a little bit of cash to push your company to the next level.  But the amount is too small for a bank, and too large for your credit card.  And both of those paths involve some significant risk anyway.

I got connected up with an interesting new model that’s emerging.  Read the rest of this entry »

I had an intriguing conversation with someone at DrupalCon about the emergence of Drupal Apps.  So I thought I’d offer an outsider’s viewpoint.

One concern I heard is that the emergence of apps into the space will destabilize the balance of power Read the rest of this entry »

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