Is your productivity productive?

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“Does it generate revenue?” This is one of the questions that floated around the room during our Genius Shared retreat in Chicago a few months ago.

We were discussing goals, productivity, and action plans (things that send a tingle up the spine of every productivity nerd).

But many of us forget to apply the “does it generate revenue” test to our actions.

If you’re running a business, this has to be the litmus test for everything we do during working hours. Not that every single thing you do has a direct line Read More…

How to identify (and solve) challenges

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Can you tell when you are in the middle of overcoming challenges? How can you detect strength or capacity building as it is happening? Where is the contrast between where you’ve been and when you’ve learned?

It’s sometimes difficult to tell, especially if you are an entrepreneur or just starting out. Lone wolf syndrome is both boon and bane. There’s a Proverb (paraphrased) that says, “If you wish to go somewhere fast, go alone; if you wish to go far, travel together.”Ě

The problem, by way of both utility and reality is that for many of Read More…

Five ideas to supercharge Q4 for your business

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Ah, Q4.

This is when you told that vendor you’d get back to her.

This is when you were going to have saved enough to give out raises to your staff.

This is when you were going to have published that e-book.

Remember January and all of its promises?

In the early part of the year, “we’ll take care of that in Q4″ is an easy answer.

Now those IOU’s are coming due. It’s September.

Don’t sit back and cry into your pumpkin spice latte. Roll up your sleeves and fly through the finish line like a sprinter at full Read More…

How to cook with rocks

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I had an opportunity to chat with an internal leadership team for a major brand recently. Intrepreneurism is a strategic way of building teams and initiatives across departments, even within a heavily siloed corporate structure or hierarchy. That’s a lot of buzzwords for a weekend.

By sharing with them my experiences in building WWDF, I was able to help draw analogies between risk taking, building consensus and collaboration, even if you’re not launching your own business. It may be even more difficult to be a risk taker or ripple maker in a corporate environment, as one of the Read More…

How to tame social media’s sound and fury

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“Out, out, brief candle! Social media’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (almost) Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).

You’re building a business, right? That means you should be spending most of your time making your product or services as amazing as they can be. You need to focus.

Social media is one little piece of your marketing puzzle, so it shouldn’t be absorbing large chunks Read More…

Train Your Brain Like a Boss

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One of the most important pieces of equipment you need as a business owner is a healthy brain. You have to be able to make good decisions, think creatively, and respond to new challenges on a daily basis.

We donít understand a lot about our brains. For example, weíve been told we typically only use 10% of our brain. According to this myth-busting video from asapSCIENCE, we use all of it, all of the time. (So we donít have to worry about Lucy happening any time soon.)

My favorite way to keep my brain sharp Read More…

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