Brad is a proud Father of 5. He loves cooking, riding his bike (fast), the NFL & helping small business owners to grow their business.
As much as we don't want to admit it, we have limits. We can't keep working and working without breaks. We can't skip exercise, time with our family and friends, walks in the woods and expect to keep functioning at a high level. It just doesn't work that way.
It sucks having limits, but it's so much better to RECOGNIZE them and choose to live within them than to deny them and let the universe slap us in the head every few months.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive
@ginidietrich Serious Question: When you ride at lunch do you shower after? I'd love to work out mid-day, but it turns into like a 2 1/2 hour lunch. Maybe I'm just slow?
2 months ago on 2014 Business and Personal Goals
I have a friend in the newspaper biz who says, "Read it like you HATE me." Because he NEEDS real feedback. I love the idea -- who is your customer on their worst day?
Thanks for this!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Customer Personas Need To Get Real in 2014
This year (and by that I mean 2014) I'm focusing not so much about what good leaders DO, but who they ARE. It strikes me that some of these items cross over to both lists.
Shutting down isn't so much a thing I "do", but instead I am a person who knows my limits. I CAN'T get it all done, and so I have to be OK with some things that go undone.
Exercise and getting good sleep are things I DO because I AM a person who values my health and wellness.
Somehow making them about my identity makes it seem less like a nanny telling me to do something, and more a thing that comes from inside me. When it comes from inside me there's less resistance.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success
@belllindsay And pneumonia is pretty much over-rated too.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Attend the Content Jam Keynote Virtually Today
@RobBiesenbach If the marketers are bringing in leads that are closing they will earn some respect! But it is a tough road -- especially in a conservative industry that has been RULED by sales for decades.
7 months, 1 week ago on Marketing Departments: You Finally Got Some Swagga’!
@Craig McBreen So right on Craig. It is a plate-spinning, knife-juggling, high-wire act. I think we're starting to see some tools that can help us -- but as the online world has fragmented it's harder and harder to be "good" at any platform, and the automation tools are just one more thing to learn.
Thanks for commenting.
Anyone else notice there's a bit of a food theme on this blog of late? What if your blog was a beer? What if your talk was chili-con-queso... Doesn't anyone feed you folks at Orbit?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test
We have physical office space (mostly because I have more kids than bedrooms and they pushed me out of my home office) but I don't care where folks work. One of our team members likes to work in a co-working space once a week or so and that's worked out great.
In addition to giving her a fresh perspective she's meet some folks who could be resources on our extended team, she's gotten to see how a different group of folks works, and made some friends. It's been 100% positive.
I agree with @rdopping that humans have to connect -- so we'll find a way whether there is a physical office or not.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on How a Virtual Office Allows You to Stop and Smell the Roses
OK Gini, you're ahead of me! I'm only at 20 books YTD.
The only one on my list that feels like it would fit on yours is "One Came Home" by Amy Timberlake. It's a little on the YA side -- but written by a Chicago author about turn of the century rural Wisconsin. I really enjoyed it. Part mystery, part historical fiction, part fun.
My summer reading list is a little more businessy. => http://www.icic.org/connection/blog-entry/blog-summer-reading-list-for-business-owners
8 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Summer Reading List
@MichaelBowers The best thing about firing toxic clients is that they make room for (and give you energy to find) really terrific clients.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Starting a Public Relations Firm: The Business Side of Things
@GraceFagbohun My advice -- go find a client -- just one. That first client will be more help to you than you know.
You've hit on the two most common problems I see in new service firms -- undercharging/overdelivering and not letting clients go or taking on the wrong clients.
Most professional service providers want to make a BIG impact in the work they do. The best way to make sure that you are working for the clients who really appreciate what you do -- and for whom you will make the biggest impact is to charge higher fees. It filters out the clients for whom your services are a "nice to have" and it focuses you on only serving the clients who REALLY need your services.
(BTW, those are the ones who will give you the most referrals too.)
If I sound fanatical about this I am a little -- I even wrote an ebook about it: http://www.enmast.com/2012/05/puppy-profits-big-dog-earnings/
@Nicole Isles Henderson Check out Poster -- it's like MarsEdit for iOS -- it lets you create a post locally (with links and images and stuff) and then post to your wordpress blog.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts
@AmyVernon @ginidietrich I used to use Text Wrangler, now I use ByWord -- I really love ByWord. It lets me focus on the text -- but also include all the links, tags, etc.
@ginidietrich Gini, Yes, WORD triggers all the parts of my brain that want to make a PERFECT thing. For me, blog writing is not about making a perfect thing -- it's about writing a crappy first draft and then honing that into something that others would want to read.It's a trick, but staying away from Word is part of that trick for me.
No ridicule intended -- really! I wish I could just sit down in WP and write -- I wish your advice was what I needed -- but as I've said elsewhere -- I need remedial help...
Everything said in that podcast was out of MAD respect -- know that!
The gap between your skills and experiences and mine are VAST -- I need remedial help. That's why I use these nerdy writing tools. (See list here: http://www.enmast.com/2013/02/nerdy-writing-tools-work/)
There is something about WORD that triggers my left brain, I have to have it all figured out tendancies -- but plain text tools like Markdown also help me get stuff onto the web easily. Evernote, Word and Google docs famously mangle the HTML and add a lot of friction to getting the writing onto the web.
I wish I could just write in the Wordpress interface -- maybe I'll get there some day.
Nice overview Mana, I moved to Reeder so that I'm not dependent on cloud services for this at all. They have a nice desktop, and mobile app.
9 months ago on Migrate Your Google Reader Subscriptions in 6 Simple Steps
Ohhh... You totally nailed it! And you laid it on thick. I. Love. This. I'm totally sharing this all over the place.
9 months ago on Fifteen Reasons Digital Marketing Works for Us…and Not For You