Transcript: Episode 18, Jason Fried

As the coronavirus has affected our businesses and everyday lives, the strategy for remote work can be a powerful strategy. It’s an opportunity to make things more efficient and build a culture of respect and productivity. I like the dialogue and candor on tradeoffs in this conversation between the founders of WordPress and Basecamp. Distributed.blogContinue reading “Transcript: Episode 18, Jason Fried”

Optionality

When you have so much uncertainty in your projects, relationships and dealmaking, the fear of loss or desire for perfection can be inhibiting. I find it best to create optionality. Pick the path with the most options and keeping your choices open. This is especially true when it comes to creating opportunities. Choose projects thatContinue reading “Optionality”

Be Better at Relationships than Automation

We live in a world where people have a hard time paying attention. Everyone is frazzled and overwhelmed to the point that their hands are on the delete key. It’s a natural and understandable instinct. With more technology and convenience, we can use automation and transactional platforms to fill people’s inboxes to the brim. RecipientsContinue reading “Be Better at Relationships than Automation”

Simplifying Choices for Your Customers

Every bit of complexity can keep your customer from taking a next step with you in your engagements and work. We are inundated with choice and information. You can be both a welcome resource and helpful partner by taking stock and simplifying how you do business. Here are some areas to consider streamlining to makeContinue reading “Simplifying Choices for Your Customers”

How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects

We are overwhelmed from the complexity and volume of information every day. Much of it comes from the ease of team members and customers having the convenience of being able to email and text us. In your given day, think about how much you read in your inbox. Pages and pages of content that hasContinue reading “How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects”

You Only Have to be Right Once

Most things don’t work out. And that is the raw reality of business and entrepreneurship. All those people who were excited and did not call you back are just part of the flow of dealmaking. All those promising projects that did not materialize or play out could have been affected by factors outside your control.Continue reading “You Only Have to be Right Once”

Getting the Right Things Done

“I have come to learn that part of the business strategy is to solve the simplest, easiest, and most valuable problem. And actually, in fact, part of doing strategy is to solve the easiest problem, so part of the reason why you work on software and bits is that atoms [physical products] are actually veryContinue reading “Getting the Right Things Done”

Get Your Business Out of Your Head and Into a System

When your business is you, operating it is a cinch. How you do things is simply in your head. You can develop and rely on your habits to get customers and deliver your service. Make calls with your friendly approach, send a proposal the way you are used to, and work the projects with yourContinue reading “Get Your Business Out of Your Head and Into a System”

Actions that Work

Every week you have the opportunity to move the needle and get your business notching up a level. Not only do you have to get the necessary work you committed to others done in your projects and tasks, but you have to make space and time to work on your business in addition to┬áin yourContinue reading “Actions that Work”