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This expression risks going the way of Thinking Outside The Box: a bit of sound advice whose overuse has made it virtually meaningless. But it really is sound advice, so let’s take a moment for a closer look at how understanding the limits of your comfort zone – and then moving beyond them – will…Read More
Have you ever tried tracking your time at work? How much visibility do have over how your hours are spent? Before you answer, consider this scenario: you take your can in to the mechanic’s. You explain what is happening – a strange noise, a tug to the left – and the mechanic says “I understand,…Read More
Goals get people on their feet. At each goal the stadium erupts, lights and music join the cheer, and excitement is at a ten. But what makes the game great is what happens in the midfield. A soccer field is a lot of space to cover. Getting the ball into the opposing team’s box takes…Read More
If you haven’t orchestrated it, you don’t own it. As written in The E-Myth, by Michael E. Gerber. I read this book at the perfect time, when I was struggling to express the importance of systems in my business. As I rolled out a new right way/wrong way to operate, this line helped me explain…Read More
Last month I shared a Reading Room post about Decision Making; it was a series of links to popular methodologies for making decisions. A reader question requested some more information on these methods in action. Ryan Williams is the president of Websuasion, an app development company, and he asked: Thanks for this breakdown, Rebecca. Our…Read More
There is plenty of talk about management versus leadership, often pitting the two in opposition to one another. Generally the contrast is based on a leader being focused on inspiration, and a manager being focused on activities. I agree with these assessments, but I also believe both are necessary in a well-run company. Leaders and…Read More
Decision Making in business is a common subject of mine. This blog is about strategy, and strategy is about knowing how and when to make the right decisions. In addition, I have been quoted on the NCR Silver blog on this topic, and one of my Udemy courses is a framework for making group decisions…Read More
Roger Federer, the great tennis player, was not always the Roger Federer we know today. In his early competition years he was known to make unforced errors and throw tantrums at his own mistakes. As he tells it, he had a natural affinity for tennis. Many complicated decisions and techniques came easy to him, and…Read More
Values are all about self-reflection. The good news is: you have complete control over your corporate values. There are few things in business over which you can claim to have full control. But values is one of them and that makes it essential to your strategy. The bad news is: we often get lost in…Read More
I have written in the past about the similarities between good management and Italian food. Today let’s elaborate on how to make this happen. “Nonna” is Italian for grandmother, and it is typical for people to use their “Nonna”‘s classic recipe for whatever they are cooking – the previously mentioned secret ingredient or special step.…Read More