Productize Your Services so You Can Scale

When you are starting a venture, and you don’t know what people will buy, it is a great strategy to say, “Yes,” to everything. I consider this part of research and development. The cost is that you get spread out and may have to work on projects that extend your energy or cost you inContinue reading “Productize Your Services so You Can Scale”

New Habits in a Non-Connected World

I feel like the adrenaline has oozed out from this past month of COVID-19 sheltering in place. The pace and mode of productivity, pushing and intensity has given way to more of an acceptance and deliberation. It’s been great for my blood pressure as well as allowing some new habits to emerge that I wantContinue reading “New Habits in a Non-Connected World”

Do You Have Any Idea?

I was sharing with a friend the other day about the film, Ford V Ferrari. I love this scene between Matt Damon’s character, Carroll Shelby, and Christian Bale’s character, Ken Miles. The tension between various agendas, respect for protocol and the politics of racing and cars are complex between Ford Motor Company executives, racing managersContinue reading “Do You Have Any Idea?”

Free Up More Time

“… you want maximal free time, not maximal activity, and you can assess your own “success” according to such metric.” ~ Nassim Taleb As business is slowing and we are in this environment of quarantining, it’s an opportunity to look around and remove or reduce waste. I can understand feeling disoriented when there’s not aContinue reading “Free Up More Time”

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”