Blog

16
Aug

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 up personally, the more I spent time with it, the more it related to so much of the business side of things. As I meet more employees that participate in Triathlons and we start talking about what we have learned,

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17
May

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 to like it. They want all the critical tasks – that is what made them your High Performers. Here is the challenge – it is likely the worst thing you can do. Often “critical” is not most difficult or most important to the

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19
Apr

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 is how to read what is really going on – not what is being told to you. We can pretend that it does not happen and that all employees are so confident in themselves that they speak their mind but it

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15
Feb

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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10
Jan

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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20
Nov

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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16
Oct

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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20
Sep

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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22
Aug

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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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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