O for Organization

One quick innovation that’s really been helping me stay organized is using a dedicated browser for all of our project management, time tracking and calendar, and communication tools. I’ve been using Opera, since it’s not one I was already using in my day to day work. (more…)

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5 Reasons to Push and then Perfect

hand making OK gestureIn the past couple month I’ve made significant progress on multiple websites (including this one) simply by getting them live then putting in a couple hours here and there. These are the same websites that I’ve been avoiding working for years on because launching them perfect is such a daunting task.

If you’re building a new website, the best approach is to get something, anything up, then refine it over time. Here’s 5 quick reasons why:

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Eat That Frog! Book Review

Brian Tracy's Eat That Frog Book ReviewI picked up Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy at the recommendation of my friend and former co-worker Kraig Mathias. I was asking him for tips on management and whether he had read any good books on the subject, and he recommended Eat that Frog! enthusiastically. He advised that if you’re in management, it’s essential that you’re spending your time on the most important things. Since I had been having difficulty being a hands on manager (as I learned from It’s Okay to be the Boss!) while also getting all my work done, I took it for a spin.

On a scale of skip it, library it, and own it, I firmly believe that Eat That Frog! is worth owning.

Key points of the book: (more…)

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It’s Okay to Be the Boss Book Review

While this book has a pretty long title – It’s Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need by Bruce Tulgan – my review can be summed up succinctly: this book is important.

I read this book at a critical juncture in my career – our department was growing to the size where we needed some organization and guidance. I was the defacto leader, but I didn’t really want to be… (more…)

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Confidence is like a Pyramid

PyramidsIt occurred to me today that confidence is like a pyramid. In order to be tall your pyramid has to have a large foundation. Also, when you’re standing on the tippy top of your confidence pyramid and reaching for the stars, you’re often balancing precariously on a pretty small point.

In order to reach the sky you need a good foundation.

There’s a few ways you can go about this. (more…)

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Death of a Hair Stylist: Lessons on Service

I used to get a lot of mediocre haircuts that cost $25 + tip. $25 haircuts are an interesting price point in that you typically get a much better haircut than the cheapest places (you’re not going to look funny) but they’re nowhere near a good salon haircut. It’s not going to be inspired – in my experience it will be predictably mediocre.

About two years ago, my boss referred me to April. (more…)

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