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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:

The standard response to “How’s it going?,” has now become “I’m crazy busy!”  Or variations on the theme.

And it’s true.

If you think about it, this is an odd state of affairs.  For over a century, much of our technology development has been in labor-saving devices.  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 »

Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On_Poster.svgI’m basically a one-person coaching business – I work with my partners in Small Fish, but ultimately I’m the one responsible for everything that happens.

I have lots of conversations with others who are in a similar situation – consultants, coaches, entrepreneurs, and other tiny businesses.  A common issue is getting off track – especially with the less-than-favorite tasks:

  • Marketing
  • Sales conversations
  • Billing and financial management
  • Keeping track of notes and information

Most coaches get into this kind of business because they love coaching itself – the rest of this stuff is necessary, but not usually as gratifying.

Here’s how I keep on track myself:

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Is there such a thing as “productive overhead”?  Or is that just an oxymoron?

I believe that such a thing exists, but is exceedingly rare.

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