Mike Byrne

19
Jul

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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27
Jun

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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15
May

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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18
Apr

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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21
Mar

A Great Book You Might Find Brings Focus

Once you leave school, your learning has only just begun. This time, though, you don’t have assigned books- you need to find your own. I might have one for you. While I read quite a bit of fiction, I also enjoy business books, particularly those that focus on individual and team performances. As a leader in a thought industry, I

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22
Feb

Design Your Office Space With a Purpose

Over the years, we have moved our offices many times, but in a recent change to our Miami office, I put a great deal of effort into the design. Part social experiment and part labor of love, I thought we could simultaneously use the space more efficiently while helping to adjust the culture at the same time. Let me walk

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18
Jan

Don’t Fool Yourself – What Type of Software Company Are You Actually Running?

A common question I receive from people I have recently met or friends that are stepping into software is how they should look at their business. Not too long ago, a close friend repeated this same question to me. Many people think of software companies as the ones they read about in popular articles. The reality is that there are

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22
Nov

Communicate Expectations Accurately, then Work Hard to Exceed Them

In Vertical Markets, Relationships Last a Long Time In many of the markets in which Aquila operates, the key to success is the long-term relationships between us and our clients. The reality is that there is no relationship between our company and the client- it is between our staff and the client’s staff. That is where the rubber hits the

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19
Oct

Hiring to Solve a Problem vs. Hiring to Build a Team

We all hire people. Unfortunately, statistically, we’re quite bad at it. Between high failure rates of the position and overall cost of poor personnel fits, the impact to clients of inadequate hiring is one of the highest undocumented expenses most companies face. The question I keep asking myself is, how can we get better at this? While there are great

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17
Aug

Operating Discipline – Boring But Critical

Developing new products and conceiving different types of solutions that an industry has never seen is fun. It is engaging. It is that elusive “high” that many students think happens in startups all the time. The reality is much different. Many, if not most, great ideas never meet expectations- most never even get built. Why? Unlike brainstorming or imagining something

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