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Your People Strategy is your Business Strategy
People are the great variable we all have challenges with. When you are surrounded by great people, things just seem toRead more.
Growth Initiatives – What are they and how best to do them?
Many of the groups within Aquila have really started to put more and more resources into new products or enteringRead more.
Accounting has a Mythical Man Month too
Aquila has grown rapidly in the past several years and has grown exponentially more complicated. Starting the new year, we willRead more.
Move fast and break things – well, not really
Nothing shows the separation of the OG (Old Guard, not Original Gangster) and New Guard (NG) way of software managementRead more.
Triathlon parallels for business
I have had several people ask about my experiences with Triathlon. While it really started as a way to shake thingsRead more.
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 seemRead more.
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 chairRead more.
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. ForgetRead more.
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) isRead more.
It seems weird to write a blog post regarding work/life balance while being on a back-to-back overseas business trip. Actually,Read more.
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 mistakesRead more.
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 myRead more.
The Hierarchy of Adding Value
We are continuously adding new employees to our company. While they can go through as many polished onboardings and initialRead more.
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 performerRead more.
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 waysRead more.
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’sRead more.
An Optimal Healthy Geek
While high school may have taught you differently, a geek really is an athlete. I mean it. While the traditionalRead more.
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 needRead more.
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, IRead more.
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 howRead more.
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 toRead more.
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 overallRead more.
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 onRead more.
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.Read more.
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 situationsRead more.
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 loseRead more.
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 ofRead more.
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 athleticRead more.
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 areRead more.
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 growthRead more.
Welcome to Mike Blogs
In 2013, there were about 152 million blogs floating around the Internet. I can only imagine the number has doubledRead more.