This happens every time…
For the sake of conversation, we’re going to assume an applicant has already made it through the hiring process (we’ll cover this in a future article) and they have signed an offer letter.
They’re ready to start their new job and have that excited/nervous energy. They don’t know what to expect (because you haven’t told them), and they are hoping for the best.
But… then they show up (in person or virtually) and just look around wondering what to do.
Since there were no expectations and no guidance, the only thing they can do is start…
In a previous article, I talked about setting the single goal, and how it’s arguably the most important “first step” you can take to designing a business that is ready to scale. In this piece, I’d like to expand on that thought and share how I leverage the single company goal, to help define the Mission and Vision, along with why these two items are extremely important.
Please skim through Define Your Single Most Important Company Goal.
Back? Ok, great! Now we’re ready to get started.
I’m not going to make you read the whole article to figure out what the mistake is. Mainly because nearly everyone makes it, it’s no secret, but it’s hard to catch unless you’re looking for it.
It happens on Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, GChat, and even in-person conversations between two or more people.
I can also guarantee it probably happens every day at your company and is happening while you’re reading this.
When your teams make decisions without documenting them in context with the related work or projects.
It’s rare that people are making this mistake on purpose. …
The first time I heard about OKRs, I thought, “Oh, great. Another acronym designed to give consultants something else sell.” And then promptly wrote them off as something that couldn’t help me.
Looking back, I did myself a huge disservice by writing OKRs off. At that time, OKRs would have helped tremendously to grow my previous company.
Fast-forwarding to years after exiting that business, I started working with a company that had just begun using OKRs. …
If you had to identify the single, most important goal your company is trying to achieve, what would it be?
This is a question that I ask myself every six to twelve months.
Things change too quickly these days, and I realized years ago that if I don’t have a clear line-of-sight on what I’m building, I have a hard time prioritizing what I should be working on and what my teams are focused on doing. A lack of focus leads to a lack of efficiency and increased frustration.
Defining a single company goal is arguably one of the most…
Stop Delegating Before Communicating Your Vision
Everyone has the Best Intentions (that backfire)
You had a shotgun marriage in Vegas. It’s cool, we’ve all been there. But now the time of reckoning has come! You’re meeting your new mother-in-law for the first time (yikes!). Things start out well. You guys get along. So she asks you to go to the grocery store to buy ingredients for dinner. You want to impress her so of course you say, “No problem!” You hop in the car, back out the driveway, and start driving.
Suddenly, you realize that you’re in a town you’ve…
Short answer: Immediately.
Long answer: No, I’m not joking when I say immediately. Long gone are the days that you need to hire a software developer that has a college degree. You actually want the opposite. You want a problem solver, a self-learner, and someone that can think for themselves. The software world is constantly changing and you have to have your team keeping up with the best resources to write the code. In fact, companies like Google, Apple, Tesla, and many other large tech companies have removed requiring a college degree from their applications.
You actually want the opposite…
As a leader, you have moments of brilliance. Ideas that could be game-changers. It may feel like you should round everyone up to discuss immediately, but you realize that’s not a good idea if you want to keep your teams focused and productive.
Check out our detailed explanation of why to use collaborative note apps, along with a comparison of a few solutions, in How Notes Eliminate Interruptions and Empower Your Thinkers.
Say you have a few content marketing ideas that popped into your head. Simply add them as a note, then @mention someone to proofread. They can jump in and help you write it, or they can make changes in the same document at any time, and let you know as soon as they are done.
I wrote this blog post in notejoy.com and I’ll be doing just that. The hand-off is…