Tag: growth

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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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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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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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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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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23
Mar

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 a startup, you are deeply immersed in the many tasks and projects that come with bringing your ideas to life. Between design, new client acquisition and assembling your team you’re not necessarily thinking about what will happen in the future-

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