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Reader Survey: Tell Me What You Think!

I’ve been doing this blogging thing for quite a while, and in the last eight or nine months, I’ve really ramped it up. I now have a team of people who are part of this venture, which allows me to focus on what I enjoy: creating content and sharing what I know and have learned.

Now I want to know what YOU think. What do you want more of? What do you enjoy? Who are you?

So here’s my first reader survey. Thanks in advance for your help with this!

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What’s on My Phone: Speak Life

Have a difficult conversation on the horizon?  Maybe you’re a little stressed and need a little help making sure it that the conversation stays positive and doesn’t tear the other person down.  If you’re like me, a little music might help.

In “Speak Life,” TobyMac encourages us to speak life with our words and reminds us how powerful the tongue can be.  When I’m about to head into a tough conversation, you might just find me rocking out to a little TobyMac to get me pumped up.

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Professional Development and Crossing the Chasm

Professional Development and Crossing the Chasm from Manager to Executive

I was able to get to the top early on in my career because I chose to outwork my peers and focus on the outcome. There were plenty of software developers that were smarter, had a computer science degree, and were flat-out good.

So why did I succeed as an executive while many of them remain managers?

I have a theory about professional development in corporate America that I use to coach employees or young professionals. It comes back to the dignity of the worker and helping people excel in the area they’re called and made to excel in.

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What’s on My Phone: HBR IdeaCast

The HBR IdeaCast is a podcast that I have registered with my iPhone Podcast App. It’s published by the publishers of the Harvard Business Review and features leading ideas and commentary from leading thinkers in the business and management arena.

The HBR IdeaCast is part of how I “sharpen my saw” and keep myself fresh.  You might find me listening to this podcast on a commute or on the plane.

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Healthy Habits: 6 Elements of a Powerful Morning Routine

Each one of us develops habits throughout our lives. Some of these habits are healthy habits – they help us to stay on top of our game and live the integrated life.  Others work to our detriment and sabotage our efforts.

One of the most powerful healthy habits that I have found is developing a consistent morning routine. I find that what you accomplish in the morning helps to set the tone for the rest of the day.

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Your Number 1 Priority: Teamwork

The results of a team are greater than the sum of the parts.

In your professional life, working with forming developing and creating a high-performing team is your number one priority. If our goal wasn’t to work together with a team, to create something greater than what each of us can do individually, then there would be no reason for us to incorporate and to work together.

So many people focus on vision, strategy, planning, tactics, execution, and forget that each and every one of those things is nearly impossible without great teamwork and high-performing teams.

Those who focus on execution may have a leg up because they realize that to execute, to truly execute, you need the entire team going in the same direction. But high-performing teams embrace the concept of teamwork as their number one important item to focus on throughout the entire experience of work.

Teamwork is working together, growing in the same direction, collaborating with others, and ultimately generating results that exceed the sum of the parts. Great teams have been documented to go through multiple phases of collaboration.

Many of us have heard about the forming, storming, norming, and performing lifecycle of a team. But how is it that you expedite that process? How is it that you take a team deliberately from one step to the next?

Let’s look at four ways to focus and build your number 1 priority, teamwork.

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Perseverance vs. Insanity

Perseverance vs. Insanity

In Episode 81 of his podcast “This is Your Life,” one of Michael Hyatt’s listeners asks this question:

…you were reciting a quote from John Maxwell that was something in the way of “quitting is the only way to fail.” But then I was thinking about the definition of insanity, which is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So where’s the line between the two? Because I want to believe that fighting the good fight and fighting your way through the hard times and trying to do different things to make my business work is going to be the way to success while all my competition goes to the wayside, but then again I have to think, how long is too long? When is it time to quit? … How do you identify between the two? … How do you identify when it’s time to quit or when you just keep fighting through because you know you’re going to win someday?

I think a finer point can be made on Michael’s answer, which had to do with listening to your own heart and following your passion, as well as questioning whether or not you’re called and remembering that a little perseverance goes a long way.

There are two key differences between those who persevere and those who are insane.

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Our Dangerous Misunderstanding of Minimum Viable Product

In a recent post on TechCruch, Bill Aulet writes that the tech community has come to have a “dangerous obsession with the MVP [minimum viable product].”

While I agree with him that over-pursuing minimum viable products can be the fastest way for a company to “go broke saving money,” I also believe we are at a point in time where something more damaging than an obsession with MVPs is the case.

There now seems to be dangerous and widespread misunderstandings of what a minimum viable product really is, some of which are perpetuated in the post. It’s essential that our industry come to a proper understanding of what an MVP is and is not in order to put it in its rightful place.

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