Mike Byrne


Challenging All Millennials: Take the Leadership Role in Front of You!

Forget the popularized labels millennials currently hold. Forget that every generation is discontent by their previous or subsequent successors. Forget what our social media timelines feed us. Forget all of that. Here are some facts you should concern yourself with: Since 2010, nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day. Their vacancies in the workforce will perpetuate the need for qualified

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When It Comes to Promoting, Be Careful Not to Kill Your Top Performers

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen companies make (including myself, as it takes one to know one) is to over-promote your top performers. In smaller organizations that have trouble hiring and developing people, this is a constant challenge. For example, one of the worst things you can do to a great independent salesperson is move them to a

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Work/Life Balance

It seems weird to write a blog post regarding work/life balance while being on a back-to-back overseas business trip. Actually, it could not be a better time. Working in a “stretch” environment may make you feel as though you are burning the candle at both ends. In these situations, it is easy to feel like you are overwhelmed with work.

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Please, Learn From Some of My Management Mistakes

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” While it is up to you to decide who’s mistakes you learn from, I can give you some guidance on how best to learn from anyone’s mistakes. The key to learning from mistakes comes down to three main

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How Working in a Factory Helped Me in Software

Growing up I always liked being self-sufficient and having my own money. In order to make the most of my time, I usually took on some risky manual labor jobs – work that my friends never wanted. Although I did not necessarily prefer this type of work, as the jobs were physically demanding, they paid very well. The jobs I

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The Hierarchy of Adding Value

We are continuously adding new employees to our company. While they can go through as many polished onboardings and initial training programs as possible, there ultimately comes a point where the new employees have to jump into the deep end of our domain products and learn. Overall, their focus should be on getting better every day. What is “better” though?

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6 Reasons Why You Should Do the Job Before It’s Yours

1. You Learn If You Like It One of the worst outcomes of a promotion is when a great performer realizes they have made a mistake and do not like their new job. This often happens with technical employees who love to solve problems and get their hands dirty in complicated situations. When promoted to a manager role, these individuals

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Training – Make it Practical, Aligned and Upward

At Aquila, it has always been one of our values that we have the Best Performers. There are several ways we ensure this occurs. One of the easiest is focusing on making sure we only hire the very best. The more difficult element lies in challenging our existing team to raise the performance bar on for themselves each year. There

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Culture- Chicken or Egg?

The Founder’s Culture Challenge Imagine you are starting your own company. You have an idea, a market, and a client’s problem you believe you can solve better than anyone else. You know you can do it on your own but you need to grow your team so that you can expand. You want to keep your circle focused and are

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An Optimal Healthy Geek

While high school may have taught you differently, a geek really is an athlete. I mean it. While the traditional form of athletics has an outwardly physical nature to it, “Geek Athletes,” are using a part of their body that consumes the most energy: their brain. By doing deep work, you are actually rendering a high level of physical performance.

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