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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Training – Make it Practical, Aligned and Upward

At Emphasys it has always been one of our values that we have the Best Performers. There are several ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Communicate Expectations Accurately, then Work Hard to Exceed Them

In Vertical Markets, Relationships Last a Long Time In many of the markets in which Emphasys operates, ...

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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 ...

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Politics: How NOT to Become a Professional Hockey Player

A couple months ago, I wrote about my experience playing hockey. That period of my life was extremely ...

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Operating Discipline – Boring But Critical

Developing new products and conceiving different types of solutions that an industry has never seen is ...

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Developing and Retaining Best Performers

Let’s face it- no one wants to be surrounded by people who don’t know what they’re ...

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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 ...

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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! ...

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How to Become a Professional Hockey Player

Growing up in the Greater Toronto area, playing hockey was a rite of passage; any Canadian that had any ...

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What to Consider When Growing Out of a Startup and Into a Midsized Business

The jump from a startup to a midsized business is often a tough one for many entrepreneurs. When you ...

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Stop Being a Vendor – Work on Being a Partner

The software industry is always moving at top speeds, consistently innovating new technology, as well ...

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Welcome to Mike Blogs

In 2013, there were about 152 million blogs floating around the Internet. I can only imagine the number ...

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