Execution: Part 2, Delegation — How to Get Someone Else to Do it

Hands Passing Baton at Sporting Event, photo by tableatny via Flickr.ac

Reading Time: 2 minutes. Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. –George S. Patton In the previous lesson, we discussed how to create self-discipline, the first key to successful execution of a plan. In this lesson, we’ll explore how to scale results through delegation. As we […]

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Where to Find Free Stock Photos

Excited Woman Just Found Free Images

Reading Time: 2 minutes. Are you looking for royalty-free stock photos you can use in your work? Do you need a quick image with “no strings attached”, to throw into a professional presentation? Are you ready to finally have an easy starting point for your next “perfect image” search? Where Can I Find A Free Stock Photo? Thanks to paid […]

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My Perfect Client

Get everything pulling in the same direction

Reading Time: 2 minutes. My perfect client comes in one of two forms. However, for starters, they have much in common. Mostly, their lives are actually pretty good. For some, life is great, even awesome. They have nothing to complain about. They have everything to be grateful for. Yet, something’s not quite right. Sometimes they can’t put a finger on […]

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Social Media Marketing Lessons Learned and Tool Review for New Writers

SMM-Jigsaw-Banner from greyweed on flickr. Build a business with social media marketing.

Reading Time: 12 minutes. When it came to defining and sharing a personal brand identity, and starting an online business, I’ve struggled with what to do and in what order. Even with paid training and coaching, it’s been like drinking from a firehose. There are so many things to do, and so many people encourage differing priorities! I would have […]

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Business Failure — You Do Have One, Don’t You?

Dread and failure are created conditions. You can just as easily create aliveness and success.

Reading Time: 2 minutes. There’s an idea among some venture capitalists that no entrepreneur is investable if s/he hasn’t already had a business failure. The idea is that someone who’s already done it may better recognize the million little pieces of evidence leading up to an eventual failure. The understanding is they’ll be more sensitive to those signals when […]

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Stop Killing Money! 27 Ways To Improve Delivery On Your Next Project

Carrying Boxloads Of Money

Reading Time: 4 minutes. Let’s say you’re an executive, board member, or investor, and you’re tired of watching money die as you fund project after project that doesn’t meet desired outcomes. Or maybe not: too often it seems evident these people are not accountable to results, are spending other people’s money, and have no clear stake or “skin in […]

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26 Signs You’re In Trouble (Do You Need A Project Manager Or A Priest?)

Do you need a project manager or a priest?

Reading Time: 3 minutes. Congratulations, you’re a project manager! The investment team has already set the budget, schedule, and scope of your product development project. The executive staff assembled the project team. Like any catastrophic failure, errors have already been made by multiple parties, well in advance of the events that will ultimately expose the failure. Now, they will watch and […]

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4 Signs Your Team Is Engaged (and How To Increase Engagement)

Help teams build a bridge to high performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes. There I was at work: a team member said something that sounded like fearful gossip about another team (examples are in numbered headings below). While fear-mongering and gossip does occur in the workplace, there’s a skill in correctly managing these interactions. Sometimes, these are opportunities to discuss concerns that are or could be impacting project […]

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