Not another sports analogy. Teams. Roles. Both important things when you’re trying to grow your business. Every team needs a coach. I was talking with a friend the other day about teams. He loves the concept of autonomous teams. Teams where everyone is pumping at full steam. But what happens when teams struggle? What happens if your team loses a few games? What happens when your team is in a slump?
I miss the.com days. Not always. But sometimes. I miss traveling between LA and New York. I miss travelling to other states, and to other countries. I miss the excitement of when we closed another round of financing. I miss sitting around and planning new products. I miss running around LA at 3 AM moving network equipment between data centers.
All fired up. Sometimes I take change for granted. Growing up in a family that relocated on a regular basis helped with that. And so as a result…I handle change well. You could say that my changeability score is high. And so I am a little taken back when I work with people who can’t handle change. Even a little change.
One bad apple spoils the tree. I once worked with a client that reached 100 employees. The COO was doing all of the hiring and so she decided it was time to hire an HR person. She hired wrong. There is really no other way to put it. The new HR person rude was rude, unprofessional and generally not a nice person to work with.
Winning isn’t everything. Well. Actually it is. Being happy is winning. Being satisfied is winning. Being nice to your significant other is winning. I was reading the other day when I saw the words. Solid work doesn’t always win first place, but it’s always rewarding. And I thought to myself… You know, a silver medal isn’t that bad.
Growing up can be hard. Going from an unmanaged tech environment to a managed one can be challenging. One of the biggest challenges that people face when making the change to managed tech is tempering their DIY behaviors. We’re so used to watching do it yourself TV shows, learning things on YouTube, and tinkering. And that’s all good. But there’s a downside. And that is. We begin to associate DIY behaviors into other things, like your business. But managed tech doesn’t work like that.
Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. Self-improvement is a huge market. Watch just one video on YouTube about anything entrepreneurial and your feed will instantly be filled with self-proclaimed gurus ready to help you take your life to the next level. Buy my book. Take my course. Sign up for my program. The offers are endless.
I’m a Morning Joe. I typically get into the office around 7:30 am. I don’t quite remember when I started coming in early but it just sort of happened. I was working in Los Angeles and coming in early mostly due to traffic. And on occasion leaving early. One behavior that is common among successful people that I work with is coming in early.