Mike Byrne

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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20
Jul

Developing and Retaining Best Performers

Let’s face it- no one wants to be surrounded by people who don’t know what they’re doing. While these situations are clearly unpopular, many people are accustomed to being surrounded by average performers in the workplace, producing just as disappointing results. In knowledge-intensive industries, groups of the Best Performers (defined as the top 10% of the candidates from a specific

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6
Jul

Integrity and Its Impact in a Software Company

Running a software company is hard. Your days can feel like a blur with daily activities challenging you to lose sight of your company’s long-term objectives. With the downstream impact of your decisions and all the subtle nuances of handling things correctly, the right way can often be hidden in the momentum of keeping your group moving in the right

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25
May

From Mid-Sized to Dominant: the Path for Continuous Market Aggression

If you have successfully navigated the path from a startup to a mid-sized company – Congratulations! You are one of the very few and should consider yourself triumphant. Take a breath, reflect and recognize what you have done. Then Get Paranoid Many companies plateau if they are able to make it to mid-size. They have found the right offering and

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