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Triathlon parallels for business
I have had several people ask about my experiences with Triathlon. While it really started as a way to shake things
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Stop Wasting your Top Performer’s Talents
We all do it – we overload our High performers. We push them hard and you know what – they seem
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Hey New Manager – Your employees are lying to you!
Well, not intentionally. One of the skills that is hardest to develop until you are in the actual manager’s chair
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Millennials Holding a Meeting
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
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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
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Work Life Balance
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,
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Management Mistakes
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
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Working in a Factory
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 assigned books- you need
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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
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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 is how
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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 Aquila operates, the key to
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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 rates of the position and overall
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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 influential on
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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 fun. It is engaging.
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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 doing. While these situations
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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 you to lose
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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! You are one of
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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 athletic
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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 are
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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 as continuing its compounded growth
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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 has doubled
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