IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE. Does playing the same song over and over get boring? I would think that the Rolling Stones are dead tired of playing Satisfaction for 50+ years. It could be worse. Your band could be a one-hit wonder. You’ve got one song that defines you to an audience. That would suck. Wouldn't it?
WHY YOU GOTTA BE LIKE THAT? Working in the tech space I get to interact with people at their worst. Their computer is not working. Their app is not working. Heck, they’re not working. It’s frustrating. The Grind. As a tech person, I love problem-solving and troubleshooting. But all of this problem solving and troubleshooting can wear a person down. One of the ways it wears you down is when you work with tough clients. By tough clients, I mean clients that don’t appreciate you. And relationships that aren’t balanced.
WHO’S THE BOSS? Managing up. It’s a term you hear in business. And still, most people do it poorly. At the same time. Managing up is a lifelong skill, that if done well, can bring you success and happiness. Here are 3 thoughts to help you get better at managing up. First--It’s your choice who you work for.
Years back a good friend of mine made a comment. He said that business management theory and training had surpassed religion in its ability to help man. It was an interesting comment and I’ve thought about it since then. I was reminded of my friends comment over the last few business conferences I’ve attended. At one conference they went around the room as each business owner shared what he was doing as a human being to help his family and his community.
I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER. I recently came across the idea of rotating roles in the office. It’s not a new idea. It’s actually an old one. But for some reason, right now, it resonates. I’ve been thinking of ways to improve one of our teams. Here’s the idea. Each week, each team member takes on a different role. During the week that each team member has the opportunity to contribute and develop the function/role they’re responsible for.
Our social groups used to be just a few friends. There was that kid at school. And that neighbor kid down the street. As you grew up you made a few more friends. In college, while out and about, or at work. Add a friend here. Add a friend there. A close group of friends that supported you. And hopefully, your family was there for you too. But then social media came along and changed all of that. Social media changed the meaning of the word friend.
Whenever I’m looking for an old piece of software I head over to oldversion.com. It’s the best. It’s a virtual history of the apps and services created as the internet grew up. Even to this day, on a rare occasion, I’ll need a piece of software to help a customer. When this happens, I head over to oldversion.com and download what I need.
As small business clients grow the question of outsourcing versus in-source always comes up. When should I hire IT internally? And the answer as always is… Well, it depends. Today I’ll offer up a number. But before the big reveal, there are 3 rules of thumb you’ll need to observe if you subscribe to the Get Your Tech Right Way.
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.